I am always looking for something new to review and add into our homeschool curriculum that continues to stimulate my boys’ interests. My middle son (Turtle Boy) learned to read and he is reading quite well. He also has a new found interest in learning new words and spelling them correctly. When I was asked to review Dynamic Literacy, I was definitely interested to check out their WordBuild:Foundations Level One curriculum because I was not familiar with this company.
I have reviewed many homeschool curriculums throughout the years. However, I found out that Dynamic Literacy offers a new way to learn words by using exponential learning. What is exponential learning, you might ask? Exponential learning is where words are broken down into three (3) different parts – the roots, the prefix, and the suffix. By breaking the words down into these parts and learning to read in this manor, your child learns to understand the meaning of a large variety of words! Learning to read only three roots, three prefixes, and three suffixes, did you know you will have learned to understand 48 words?!
For the purpose of the review, I want to share what Dynamic Literacy sent me. I received the following:
- Teachers book. This is a great resource to have! I really enjoyed this teacher’s manual because it contained so much useful information. In fact, they assume much of the responsibilities by planning each day’s lessons. This book truly made using the program much simpler for both myself and the kids!
- Student Activity Book. You simply cannot do the program without this book! There are over 180 pages of lessons. This book covers 30 of the prefix-suffix combination words. You will also find daily activities to help your child understand the meaning of the words they are studying. This book contains a variety of ways to help cement learning for the child – Word Searches, Magic Squares, Affix Adders, and much more!
This set is geared for those who are in the 2nd-5th grades. I used it with both a second grader and a 5th grader and it worked well with the both of them! My 1st grader was in the room and picked up on some things but I did not necessarily have him do the work. 🙂
So how did we use it?
The lessons are separated into five (5) days a week. However, we only do school four days a week to allow for field trips, outside learning and other opportunities that may surface. I combined the days to fit them into our current schedule. Turtle Boy’s favorite activity were the word searches. This didn’t surprise me because he loves word searches. Turtle Boy and my youngest son (Nemo) also enjoyed the Prefix Square. Both like to make new words!
After reviewing this product and adding it to our homeschool curriculum, I must say that I am really impressed with Dynamic Literacy! I was so impressed that I have decided to make their products a staple in our homeschool routine! I urge all of you to check it out and try for yourself!
Dynamic Literacy is truly a gracious company. They have offered my readers a 25% discount on books at www.dynamichomeschool.com and 10% for the online program at www.wordbuildonline.com! Just enter code soldiers at the check out. Be sure to check out the other reviews below as well.
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