Vocabulary Building with Lone Star Learning

PhotobucketWe jumped at the chance to review Get the Picture: Target Vocabulary Pictures, MATH Set 1 from Lone Star Learning. Allow me to introduce the two sets we have used ~


Get the Picture: Target Vocabulary Pictures, MATH Set 1

57 Thick card stock vocabulary cards.  Math has 4 sets and we received Set 1.




Science Vocabulary Pictures, Set 1


40 Thick brightly colored cards in Set 1. 6 sets available for science.  We received Set 1.


When the boys were younger, each day, 2ce a day,  we spent 15 minutes working on Phonograms and Spelling rules.  I believe that building a strong foundation of sounds and how words are created will help a budding reader. Our experience has proved that the time has been worth it, as I now have two thriving readers!
Now, we spend most of our time with words.  I feel it is important to learn word roots, Latin, and definitions of the words we use.  The more vocabulary we have under our belt, the better equipped we can be at deciphering texts.


Example – we were on a trip with a college Biology teacher. She was grading a test and thought it would be fun to give the test to us in the van. Four kids and I went through the questions. We answered some of the questions correctly – just by knowing what vocabulary /word roots meant. I’d say of the majority we guessed incorrectly-  the root of the problem as not knowing the words in the question.  
We have spent quite a bit of time building word banks with Thesaurus resources, but that can be dry and it gets old. What we really like – are visual vocabulary cards, like those from Lone Star Learning.


We started with going through all of the cards and having the boys talk about what they thought the answers were. They gave basic answers such as a blizzard is when it snows a lot. Next, we went through 4-5 cards a day and wrote down the answers.  The Definitions are provided on a piece of paper in the set – and we used those.  A Blizzard is a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility. Now, when you ask the boys what a blizzard is, they are able to give a more accurate reply, with not only the science word in their vocabulary, but the words like ‘visibility’ being used as well.

    P1030945     As Jon went through the cards, he marked them off of the definition sheet.   P1030951  

We also used the math words 2-3 times during math to answer questions that came up such as, “What is a cone?” Now that Jon has gone through the science cards, the next several days will be going through the Math vocabulary.  It is interesting, that we seem to use the Science words more in our day to day conversations than we do the Math. However, the same example holds true.
If one knows what Mean, Median and Mode are – then they can know how to figure them out the same as Averaging. We use a math dictionary to get us through many of our lessons.  Learning the definitions of these words cements the how to figure it out.  Here is the list from set 1:

acute,  angle, area, circumference, complementary angles, cone,congruent, cube, cylinder, decimal,  decreasing, diagonal, diameter, dividend, divisor, edge, equilateral, triangle, even, exponent, exterior, face, greater than, hexagon, horizontal, increasing, interior, intersecting, line, isosceles triangle, less than, line segment, mean, median, mode, numerator/denominator, obtuse, angle, octagon, odd, ordered, pair, parallel, pattern, pentagon, perimeter, perpendicular, polygon, radius, range, ray, reflection, right, angle, rotation, similar, sphere, supplementary, angles, symmetry, translation, vertical,  axis Y and axis.

If you know what Obtuse, Axis, Segment – etc are – then you can figure out the word problem to find an answer.  P1040146     P1040151  

Jon is pretty excited that he made it through Set 1 of Science, now we will focus directly on Set 1 of Math.  I really enjoyed these cards.  We will continue to use them, 4-5 day, for the rest of the school year, until the definition answers are set firmly in a quick reply.

  P1040165   The Vendor has all of the words on their website for all of the sets. 
The Large Math Set 1 is $34.99, and the Science Set 1 is $29.99.

I believe that this is good for all ages, after they are able to read and write – up through High School. Lone star has Preschool/K – 2 sets as well. We used this for 6th grade, but if you don’t know the definition – then it is learning! This is not a ‘dumbed down’ product. If you felt you wanted a stronger definition for older grades, I would suggest they look up definitions in their age appropriate texts.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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