I love the VW series. My older boys have used it from 2nd grade and on. I was happy to find out they added 1st grade level to their series. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this is in a totally different format than the other elementary level workbooks. There're hardly any texts in the book. The 'intro' part has three pictures, and the online content has the reading of the story/article. Each vocab review exercise has matching pictures with the words, writing the words that goes with the pictures, choosing the correct pictures for the words, and writing a sentence using one of the vocabularies.
The online content needs the student access code on the book for you to access. The narrator reads the story/article that goes with each unit, and he explains the vocabularies and gives an example sentence for each word. Each word appears with pictures that goes along with it (online flash cards?). It has different kinds of activities/games, so by the time your child goes through all the online content and the workbook, s/he will master the vocabularies. When I say 'master,' I mean they will not just know the words, but will know how to appropriately & correctly use them. The website also offers three different graphic organizers (Concept Circle, Word Square, & Word Web) to use with every unit.
My child enjoyed both the workbook and online content. The 2nd grade (purple) level gets difficult (suddenly loaded with passages and all the definitions and exercises), so I think the Level Red provides a solid foundation for the next level.
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