Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew
This month my oldest son and I had the pleasure of using and reviewing another great resource from The Critical Thinking Co., Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary. This workbook has been a great resource to use this year to improve my son’s vocabulary knowledge, spelling, and word usage. Just like other resources from The Critical Thinking Co I have used I am impressed with it’s content and how easy it is to use in our homeschool.
About This Book
This first think I noticed about this book as I started previewing the book, were the vocabulary lists. Vocabulary Virtuoso contains 15 lists with 12 words on each list. The vocabulary words in this book are challenging words that they may encounter as they continue to read more advanced material. Also, the words are chosen from PSAT vocabulary prep lists. Therefore this is an excellent test prep resource.
Physically this book is a sturdy softcover workbook. All pages are perforated. So, you can choose whether you want to keep the pages bound in the book, let your student write in it as a workbook, or tear out pages for easier use or copying for your family or classroom. It provides 155 pages of vocabulary practice and also includes an answer key at the back of the book. Each vocabulary list includes the definition, the part of speech, the pronunciation, and synonyms for the every word. Having this reference for each word on the list is very helpful. Students can easily use this page as they the complete activities that follow it.
Vocabulary Virtuoso for Middle Schoolers provides 6 separate activities for each list. Each list follows the same format for activities. I find this very helpful. Students do not need to learn new directions or a different format each week. Instead, they develop familiarity with the activities and are able to focus on learning and using the words.
How We Used Vocabulary Virtuoso: Middle School Vocabulary for Academic Success
Vocabulary Virtuoso fit easily into our homeschool curriculum. Each list is a lesson. We focus on each lesson over a week or 2 week period. There are 6 activities for each list. I first tried to squeeze in a complete lesson over a week. This could be done if students completed multiple activities each day. However, for us I found it much easier to study a lesson over a 2 week period. This will spread the book out over my son’s entire 7th grade year. I think practicing the words and activities over 2 week periods will also bring more long term retention for him.
On the first day we go over the words, definitions, and pronunciations together. Then he completes an activity each day. Also, some days we take time to make corrections instead of moving on to a new activity. This has helped that he is using and understanding the meanings of the words as we work through the book.
Using Vocabulary Virtuoso this way made it easy to add to our other resources we have been using in our homeschool. We usually spend no more than 15-20 minutes studying vocabulary. It is definitely worth it for the improvement I believe this will create in his vocabulary and word knowledge.
More From The Critical Thinking Co.
The Critical Thinking Co. is a reliable company that I have found always delivers quality educational resources. Vocabulary Virtuoso is no exception. To read more about Vocabulary Virtuoso or other educational resources to use in your homeschool, click on the image below. You can then check out more reviews from the crew this week. Other homeschool families in the Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to try out this product and many others from The Critical Thinking Co. this month. Check them out to see if they may help you in your homeschool!