Want to know how to dramatically increase your vocabulary? Easy – learn Latin and Greek root words since the majority of the English words are made up by them. Compass Classroom not only can help you learn some of those root words, they have made it fun with their Word Up! The Vocab Show. I was given the digital download of Volume 1 to review.
All of my boys (ages 8, 15 and 17) have enjoyed watching the video lessons. The “lessons” are taught by Dwane Thomas in the form of a news broadcast and are only 12 = 15 minutes long. Dwane plays all of the parts and is very entertaining. Each episode teaches two new root words and then gives you English words that are derived from those root words. With ten episodes, each teaching two root words, you will learn a total of twenty Latin and Greek root words. After a root word is discussed, then the Greek and Latin experts share at least ten English words using those root words. That means by the time you watch all of the episodes, you will have learned over two hundred new words but more importantly, you will have learned how to decipher the meaning of more words! This is an invaluable skill when it comes to taking standardized tests.
Here’s a trailer you can watch of one of the episodes.
Volume 1 of Word Up! includes the following episodes:
- Water – Aqua & Hydra
- Write – Scribo & Grapho
- Earth – Terra & Geo
- Many – Multus & Poly
- Place – Ponere & Thesis
- Time – Tempus & Chronos
- Good – Bonus & Eu
- See – Video & Skopeo
- Throw – Iacere & Ballein
- City – Urbs & Polis
I know that even my youngest son was learning because about a week after we watched the second episode, my son was playing Scribblenauts on the iPad when he had that “lightbulb moment” all homeschool moms live for – “Hey mom!! ‘Scribblenauts’…’scrib’ like that word that means to write… get it??!!” Yes, it was a very proud mommy moment.
Volume 1 is available as a DVD or as a download, either for $15.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the download version of Word Up! Volume 1 in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are mine. This post may contain affiliate links.