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Marie's Words SAT Vocabulary Flash Cards Toy
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Created by students for students, Marie’s Words applies a fun, effective, and unique approach to improve language skills. The colorful and creative illustrations and calligraphy help to visually identify words in the brain. Because visual language is so powerful, Marie’s Words’ mnemonics, or “word faces,” are essential to a fun and effective learning experience. Includes 550 flashcards.
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Marie's Words solves this! Fun illustrations are on the front of each card (about the size of an index card). Flip it over and you get the definition(s), pronunciation help, synonyms and antonyms. There is a total of 550 cards with words targeted for the SAT.
The front of each card features the word you are learning along with an illustration to help you remember the meaning of the word. For example: the word viscous is drawn with a jar of honey being poured over the top of the letters V I S C O U S. You can see that the honey is clinging to the top of the letters and dripping down. It's an immediate visual cue that really helps you remember that a viscous substance (like honey) has a thick, sticky consistency between a solid and liquid.
The back of each card has several helps beyond just a definition (or several definitions if a word has more than one meaning).
First, there is a number on the upper left corner. This is helpful if you want to alphabetize your cards. Ours are hopelessly out of order from using them so much, but if we ever wanted to put them back in order, these numbers would help tremendously.
Next, there is the word you are defining featured prominently at the top (which is nice if you are helping a child practice - you don't have to look at the front of the card to see what you are doing) as well as a pronunciation help underneath. The pronunciation help is a great feature, especially for some of the harder and more unfamiliar words. For example: On the card for the word putrid the pronunciation help shows: pyoo-trid with the pyoo part in bold so you know to emphasize that syllable.
Underneath the word and it's pronunciation help is the definition itself. Sometimes there is more than one definition if a word has more than one meaning. There is also a sentence for each definition so you can see the word in context. I find this really helps my son better retain the meaning. The sentence for the first definition (and most commonly used meaning) is related to the drawing on the front of the card to make it stick even more.
The last thing on each card are two boxes at the bottom. One contains synonyms and the other antonyms. These boxes do double duty. Not only do they expose you to even more vocabulary, they also help clarify the meaning of the word. Let's say my son is learning the 2nd definition for the word "hamper" and he doesn't know what impede or restrict means. He can look at the antonym box and see that the opposite meaning is to allow or permit. This not only helps make the definition more clear, it also connects it to other words and meanings. When he looks at the synonym box he can see the synonyms block and stymie. These words will either help him better define the word or will introduce him to additional vocabulary words he may not be totally familiar with. I find the synonym box to also be a huge plus in that it can allow a student to define the word using just one other word instead of a longer definition. Sometimes that just works better (and is quicker)!
I know these cards are being marketed for SAT study, but I think they are just as useful as a vocabulary program for almost any age (though some words and their definitions might be too difficult for some early elementary students). I've found that they are a fun break from using a workbook or something similar. They are easy to use, quick and memorable (and portable!).
Another thing I want to comment on is that I work with a child who has (high functioning) autism (Aspergers). This child sometimes has difficulty learning things out of context. Having Marie's Words on hand instantly ties each word to something visual and more easy to connect to than just a word itself.
A student can easily use the cards on his own, but I find it's more fun to use them together. We like to flip through them and quiz each other. Even I learned some words *blush*...
I've had great success using Marie's Words in my homeschool and highly recommend them if you are looking for something different to help you teach vocabulary. The illustrations really help the word meanings stick and turn learning vocabulary into something visual, quick, easy and even fun!
P.S. I've posted some additional pictures of the cards. Click on the "see all customer images" underneath the Marie's Cards image. I've added some notes you can roll over and read for the back of the card with some of my comments.
Vocabulary. It has been our largest focus this year as we enter 9th grade. I have a son who was late to read, and really does not enjoy literature for liesure time. This product is perfect for us. He is not going to learn meaning through reading texts. We assigned him 5-10 cards a day to take out of the box, write the word and definition, see the antonym and synonym, and use the word in a sentence. He is challenged to try to work in at least one word into a converstaion during the day. After several weeks, I came in to find him sorting the cards. I asked what he was doing and he noticed that he had written these definitions before. He recognized the words and defintions. In the beginning he was not careful to take from one side and put them back on the opposite. It encouraged me that these words are familiar to him.
We homeschool - but several of the children who have played the game at our home are either private or public schooled. It is a simple, fun, engaging way to learn the SAT words. If you have a child like mine who does not read for enjoyment, you too may be looking for simple ways to increase vocabulary.
I highly recommend Marie's Words. We have been using the cards with 6th - 10th grade boys, with a focus on the 9th grade son.
Disclaimer: I did receive a free box as a part of Timberdoodle's past Reviewer Program in exchange for a review on my blog, however, I am seeing that Marie's words is now being presented to Homeschool Conventions and I wanted to write a review on Amazon, of my own free will, to share our wonderful experience with this product. We have reviewed other vocabulary cards this year - and these are INSANELY different and wondeful.
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However my kids doesn't use this yet.