Focus on Vocabulary


Building blocka. You’ll be hearing the word Vocabulary in the coming years just about as much as you heard about Phonograms when the boys were younger.

I had grand ideas that they boys and I would be cuddled up together day in and day out laughing at the rain and fog bowls of popcorn and mugs of cocoa with nothing to separate us save for the stacks of books. We’d read all day and enjoy rich delightful conversations throughout the evenings.  Well. That was a fun vision when they were babies. And even though I still do that from time to time, they, quite honestly, still do not read for entertainment and joy.

They do like discovery. Figuring. Solving. 

One tool we received from Timberdoodle last year, that we still use daily – is Marie’s Words.  Fun pictures to decode on the front and “on the reverse of each Marie’s Words card is the phonetic pronunciation, definition and part of speech, the word used in a sentence, synonyms, and antonyms.” (from Timberdoodle)


We had been going through the box of SAT cards, pulling out 5-10 a day and writing definitions. But Nate has figured out that he has been repeating words. He spent time this week going through stacks of cards to figure out which have been completed and which he had left to do. This is one thing on his day – that he does quite willingly, with joy, and ease.

If you have High School Boys that are probably not going to obtain a rich vocabulary through their reading – you too might like Marie’s Words!

(Although I reviewed this product last year,
I just thought I’d share how
we are still using them this year –
without request from or obligation to Timberdoodle)

About +Angie Wright

The Transparent Thoughts of an Unschooling Family of Boys - Answering the question - What DO you DO all day?
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2 Responses to Focus on Vocabulary

  1. Julieanne says:

    Neat to hear about products that are working well for you months or a year later!

  2. Heather A says:

    I was JUST looking at these the other day- thanks for the update!

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