Item description for English from the Roots Up, Vol. 1: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. Scores by Joegil K. Lundquist & Lundquist Joegi...
Overview Give children a firm foundation in English vocabulary which will stay with them all their lives! You can teach the Latin and Greek root words which are so vital to mastery of English - and you can do it whether you studied Latin or not! English From The Roots Up gives you 100 Greek and Latin root words which you can teach to students from elementary school through high school. You don't need to have a background in Latin and Greek to teach these words. Get the book today and start teaching tomorrow! Here's all you need to begin a full year of teaching and learning: *English From The Roots Up *Sanford Magic Markers (Red - Blue - Green) *Pack of 100 3x5 index cards for each child *A recipe file box for each child's card collection *A chalkboard for you (and some chalk!)
Publishers Description Just as phonics help children to figure out what words are, Latin and Greek help them to figure out what words mean. Without an early working knowledge of these indispensable components of their language, children are handicapped in their ability to use words well. Why do we put off until it is almost too late, or never provide the opportunity to cultivate understanding of the vivid, active imagery that confers power in the use of our language?
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Joegil K. Lundquist served for many years as a second grade teacher in Seattle's Bush School. She noticed that her students were having a difficult time decoding large words. In the second half of the year she began teaching Greek and Latin root words--not the entire laguages. Her students kept boxes with one note card for each root word that they collected. Lundquist found that disruptive students changed theri behavior when they grasped the logic behind the derivation of English words. All students became more confident. One student, in the hospital for an operation, wrote back to class and decoded medical terminology he had heard.
Joegil K. Lundquist currently resides in Seattle Bellevue.
Reviews - What do customers think about English from the Roots Up, Vol. 1: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. Scores?
Wish I had this Sep 10, 2007
I homeschool and this is working great for my 3rd grader. I've stuck mostly with a 1 word/day schedule. The flash cards are so good, you almost don't need the manuel. Oh if only my motherly hadn't been lazy and did this for me!
15 years later & it's STILL working!! Aug 16, 2007
We were homeschooling before it was 'vogue' and one of my first purchases was _English from the Roots Up_. Since I was so new & unsure of myself, I figured some sort of instruction of the basic language structures would be the way to go.....I wasn't disappointed! In the simplest of forms, a word or portion of a word is introduced, defined, and it's origin explained. The red or green border (or as my kids say 'red for roman, green for greek') causes a visual trigger that makes it easily remembered!
We've had two graduate with 'good - to - very good' SAT scores and both said they got through the grammar / language style questions with the knowledge they had solely gleaned from this book.
NOW - they've got the flashcards!! I must admit though - when I see the cards the eldest two made with their crude red or green outline, I kind of wish they hadn't come out with the cards!!
Anyway - a definite plus to a Classical homeschooler and I would highly recommend its purchase!
Buy the flash cards, not the book Jun 11, 2007
I purchased both the book and the flash cards. After reviewing both I kept the flash cards and returned the book.
The flash cards have everything you need, and they are ready to use. The flash cards include all forms of the greek or latin word on the front, and on the back they list many common English words based on the root.
The book requires that you make flash cards. The book also includes a few pages of background material, but not enough to make it worth the money. While the book has a lot of useful material, it is not as easy to use as the flash cards. The book would have just sat on the shelf -- the flash cards were put to use the day they arrived.
The flash cards are great and they are really the most helpful. Purchase the flash cards.
One a day for good vocabulary Jun 1, 2006
At the end of each of our homeschool opening times we would learn one word. I used this with my tenth, sixth, and third grader. I used no cards but would simply "flash" the word at them with my hand covering the answer. After we discussed each new word we'd go back to previous ones to review, everyone shouting out the answer if they knew it. Sometimes I'd let them be the teacher and I'd "play" along. My tenth grader claims she learned more valuable information from doing this for about seven minutes per day than she did from her Latin course. Ouch! Then there was the constant reinforcement almost daily as we would encounter these words in other subjects and life.
Great Resource! Oct 7, 2005
I have purchased both volumes 1 and 2 and love them. We create word games for our children to help them learn Greek and Latin roots. The information these books have about the different roots is helpful and my children find it interesting. A must-have for homeschoolers!