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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Lone Star Learning - TOS Review


My son has been studying Greek and Latin root words for a couple of years now.  Unfortunately, I don't believe he has been retaining the definitions of his words very well.  When I learned about Lone Star Learning and their Get the Picture: Greek and Latin Roots vocabulary cards, I was really curious to see if these would make a difference in my son's retention.


The glossy Greek and Latin Roots cards are 5.5" x 8.5".  They are large, sturdy, and according to the company's website, printed in the USA.  Set 1 (which is the one we used) includes 60 cards, 30 Greek cards and 30 Latin cards.  They are distinguishable by the color of their borders. The lavender bordered cards are Latin root words, and the green bordered cards are Greek root words.  You can visit their website to see a list of all of the Greek and Latin Roots included in Set 1.

How We Used the Cards

When we first received the cards, the first thing I noticed was how colorful the cards were.  Each word resembles its meaning which made it easy for my son to guess 42 of the 60 cards' definitions correctly without any prior study.  I was impressed.

There was a list of suggested activities that came with the set, but we decided to use some of our own ideas.

The definitions of each root along with examples of words containing the root are listed on a separate card.  I had my son copy these onto blank index cards.

On some of the index cards only the definitions were written.  I had my son match the correct Greek or Latin root card to the index card.

I was curious to see if my son could actually picture the root words in his head from the illustrations he had seen on each card.  I had him draw the images of the words onto our dry erase board as I said them.

I learned that the images on the cards did indeed make an impression on his brain.

My Thoughts

I was really impressed by how much easier it was for my son to memorize the meaning of the Greek and Latin Root words through the use of the images on each individual card.  In the past, he struggled with retaining the Greek and Latin root definitions using another company's set of cards, but this wasn't the case using Lone Star Learning's Greek and Latin Root cards.  Being able to remember the definitions really helped my son to feel successful.

The cost of the cards is $39.99.  I do wish they were a bit lower in price.  However, if you are going to use them with several children, then the value is worth it.

Recommended Ages: 3rd to 7th grade, although I believe these cards could be used with children even younger.

My first grader saw the cards sitting on my desk.  He took one and looked at it.  I asked him if he could tell what the meaning of the word on the card was and he said, "love."  He was correct.

The company is currently working on a second set of cards, however they do not have a publication date as of yet.  I am looking forward to when these become available.

Lone Star Learning also offers vocabulary cards that cover language arts, math, and science.

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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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