Now I know better. Knowledge of Latin, and Greek, not only helps with reading comprehension and decoding, but it can help students understand the logic and order of English grammar. Latin especially, is the basis of many languages. So if a child is taught Latin and/or Greek, then theoretically, he has an early start at learning even more languages if he so chooses.
Lone Star Learning has created some beautiful Greek and Latin Roots Set 1 ($39.99) flashcards (30 Greek and 30 Latin) to help supplement and enrich any Latin, Greek, or Language Arts curriculum. The cards are versatile and can be used on their own as well. (Which is what I am doing.) On the website, Lone Star Learning categorizes these cards for a target age of 3rd grade through middle school. I am not using a Latin or Greek curricula right now, but I am incorporating these cards into the science lessons that RB worked through last month and will be going through this next month. He’s in kindergarten. So I think the age range is pretty wide open.
The kids and I studied birds. So I pulled out “NOC” and “MIGRA.” We discussed the picture on the front and in so doing, we discovered the meaning of the words “nocturnal” and “migrate.” We used magnets and a white board to keep the cards posted during our unit study and I referred to them through the weeks.
This next month we are studying earth science and astronomy. So I have pulled out “cosm,” “geo,” “helio,” “hydr,” “sphere,” and “therm.” These cards are going to introduce new vocabulary to the kids: cosmic, geology, heliotrope, hydrate, hemisphere, and thermometer. My plan is to make a list of other words that have these roots in them as we go about our studies. I also will begin pulling out some of the cards such as “tele” and “scop” to see if the kids can build the word for the science instrument that helps us see the stars!
In the grouping of cards, there is one card that lists all of the roots and their meanings with examples. I wrote these on the white sides of the individual cards so that I did not have to refer back to this main card. Any extra words we come across, I’ll add them to the back of the appropriate card. I’ll also write which language the root is from on the back as well. The edges are color coded for the languages, but I can’t seem to remember which color is which language.
I think the cards are beautiful and I love how they incorporate the meaning of the root into the graphics on the cards. The front is slightly laminated which gives them more durability. I think it would be great if Lone Star Learning would add more prefixes and suffixes to the roots. (Perhaps they come in Set 2?) Then kids could build all KINDS of words and discover their meanings. I will say that I am disappointed that they did not come with any activities or games that could be used to help teach the meanings of the roots. Although, I guess that allows for the instructor to have the freedom to use the cards as he or she sees fit. (After doing a little bit of research, evidently there IS a list that comes with the cards, but somehow I did not receive one in my package.)
Overall, these are great! Scoot over to Lone Star Learning and check them out. There are other Picture Vocabulary Cards for other subjects!!
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