If you are looking for a great way to prepare for the vocabulary portion of the SAT test, then VocabAhead may be just what you are looking for. Students are engaged as they learn new vocabulary words through pictures and short videos. And if pictures and videos aren’t enough, there are even mp3 files of the different vocabulary words. This way your child can increase their vocabulary no matter which learning style they favor.
From the website:
This book is designed to be a complete solution for your SAT vocabulary building needs. The book entitles you to free downloads of MP3 audios and Vocabulary Videos for the 300 difficult SAT words. You can listen to the narrations on-the-go using your favorite MP3 player and can watch SAT level Vocabulary Videos on your computer or other portable device such as iPod, iPhone or iPad.
This DVD-ROM contains more than 1000 SAT Vocabulary Videos with MP3 audios files. You can listen to the narrations on-the-go using your favorite MP3 player and can watch Vocabulary Videos for SAT words on your computer or other portable device such as iPod, iPhone or even iPad.
My son has always enjoyed vocabulary products that work with mnemonics. He enjoys the cartoons and these types of products engage him. I have seen a huge difference in his vocabulary through the use of products like these. Once we received this book, this is pretty much how I found him in any spare moment that he had.
What I liked in particular about this book was that each word had several examples of how it could be used in a sentence. There are also synonyms and antonyms to help increase understanding and mastery of the word. While I did find some of the examples to be perhaps not the best for a Christian homeschool, I did appreciate the fact that they opened up discussions between my child and myself. We were able to discuss some things that maybe I would choose to shelter him from. What am I talking about? For example:
To look at with great attention, often in a sexual way.
Bob ogled Mary as she stood next to him. Yes, yes, he did. That’s what men do. Well, some men do. Well, Bob does. he does it all the time. Bob ogles all the women he sees, and he’s happy to do so. After all, to ogle or not to ogle is not a question at all for Bob.
Synonyms: leer, scrutinize
Antonyms: ignore, look away
I will be honest in saying that I did not appreciate this word and the example being digested by my 14 year old son. However, it DID afford us a great conversation on why boys shouldn’t ogle girls and how we need to keep pure thoughts. It opened up a great discussion between a teenage boy and his mother. We were able to each express our thoughts on the matter and for that I appreciate it.
I do want to be clear about the fact that words such as ogle are in the minority of what you will find in this book. You just need to be aware that there may be some words you might object to. I do think it would have been better had these types of words been handled perhaps a little more delicately. You may have a different opinion for your home.
One thing I would like to invite you to do is to take advantage of the free Word of the Day feature on the website. When you subscribe for free, you will get a free vocabulary video of the day! It is a great way to try the product out before you purchase it.
The book is available for only $12.95 and the DVD is available for $24.95 through Amazon.com.
You can read what the rest of the TOS Crew had to say about VocabAhead here.
*Disclaimer: I received a free VocabAhead book directly from VocabAhead in exchange for this review. No additional compensation was provided and the thoughts expressed are my own.*