Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™: A TOS Crew Review

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

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Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary is a great tool for helping your middle school student expand their vocabulary!

We were delighted to get a chance to give another product from a family favorite The Critical Thinking Co.™ a try. We got the eBook version - just a quick warning - it doesn't work on Max IOS yet, but we are have both Mac and PC at home so we were able to access.

Once you purchase and register your eBook, you can print all the pages you want, which is a handy feature for multiple students.

Vocabulary skills are proven for success in many areas and this book will introduce your 6-8th graders to 180 new words and their meanings, as well as, the context for use. The words are selected from PSAT (Preliminary SAT–a great primer for the SAT)  and are real-life words they can use.

The 15 Vocabulary lists each include 12 words with:

  • definitions
  • pronunciation keys
  • parts of speech
  • alternate choices for each word made up of synonyms, idioms, and/or phrases

Each of the 15 Vocabulary Lists each have 6 exercises to complete, using the new words.  Students complete fill-in-the-blank style exercises, word scrambles, writing sentences and other exercises that help put the vocabulary words into practice.

In addition, the lessons teach other related language arts skills of:
  • critical reading and writing
  • alliteration
  • idioms
  • fallacies in reasoning
  • foreign words and phrases
  • mythology
  • journalistic writing

In our coop, we are are focusing on communication skills by adding new vocabulary words to our conversation.  This was a wonderful resource to get her started!

The eBook format is a great option for working on this book - you can pick and choose your vocabulary lists and print them as needed to work with your schedule.  We plan to work on lists on and off throughout the year to keep building our vocabulary skills and putting them into practice!

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