Monday, February 7, 2011

Vocab Ahead: A Review

As a member of the TOS Homeschool crew, this year I am reviewing many homeschooling products that I have received for free. I am not paid to say nice things about the products, but I am obligated to use the product and share my honest opinions with you. In today's review, Random had no choice but the opportunity to try a vocabulary program, and as we know teenagers cannot be forced to say nice things.

What is it?

VocabAhead is a DVD-Rom that has more than 1000 Vocabulary Videos and MP3 audiofiles for SAT level words. The videos can be watched on a computer, uploaded onto an Ipod or listened to. It has mp3 recordings of the words so you could exclusively listen to the definitions, for up to 12 hours. The words are defined in short videos that contain mostly cartoons and occasionally a photo. The word is first defined, then used in 3 different sentences, which gives the student a broader understanding of the word. Then it is redefined. Some of the definitions were funny and catchy. Below, I posted a few shots of the memorable ones.

How did we used it?

Random is using this program exclusively for his vocabulary lessons. He is more of a techie, so a computer based program is usually the best choice for him. Together we scrolled through the list to find words we were not familiar with. This word below gave us a good laugh.

Uxorious was news to me. It means excessively devoted or submissive to one's wife.
I am not sure if I know any uxorious husbands, but if I meet one, I will be sure to blog about it.

Not only did they include this definition, they also referred to the term rapture in theology.

Since the videos are so short, less than a minute, Random spends about 10 minutes a day learning 10 new words. The visual cartoons will definitely improve his retention of this material.  His uncensored opinion, "If I have to have a vocabulary program, then I guess this is the one." His mother's opinion: " You lucky kid, this is a painless easy way to improve your vocabulary, you should be on your knees thanking me for this." I must warn you, these are for high school-aged students, I felt some of the subjects were a little mature. Random let me know that they weren't too offensive, he could handle it. His recondite ingratitude for this great vocabulary program has baffled me. Since there are about 1179 videos, it will take at least the rest of the school year to work through all of the words. 

How can I own this, VocabAhead, not the Ipad, and reach a state of vocabulary nirvana?

This DVD rom is available here for $24.95.  You can visit the VocabAhead web site and see some of the other things they offer. There you can subscribe to the word of the day, see sample videos, or study in the study room. While you are in the study room, look up the definition for wily, this is one of their mature definitions. If you are still unsure if this is the product for you, read what the other crew mates have to say about VocabAhead on the crew blog.

Once again, I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the crew.

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Ellen said...

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Jill said...

I love the idea of the blog, it is also a good match for mine.

Also, I can now change your 1 great comments to
2 great comments and fix the grammatical error :)

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The vocab ahead is interesting, I will have to find out if it is avaiable in Australia!

Unknown said...

You're funny! I love how you've put the feedburner sign up box at the bottom of your posts. clever.

I'll have to check this out. I am looking for a good vocab curriculum for next year. Or, maybe, I'll get one for free?? I signed up thanks to you!