Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TOS Crew: New Monic's Vocabulary Cartoon

We were given the Elementary Version of Vocabulary Cartoon book from New Monic to review for the TOS Crew.  This books focuses on learning vocabulary words through cartoons and mnemonics.  Mnemonics are mind memory or learning aids, usually a short poem or saying that helps a person to remember something. 

Vocabulary Cartoons is not just a book with a list of words that kids are told to go memorize.  This book is filled with lots silly pictures and saying that make learning the meaning of words really fun!

Each word has a page of it's own which gives the subject word, the pronunciation, the meaning, an association link word, a mnemonic cartoon, cartoon caption and a sample sentence. 

While the smaller LSG Crew did take a peek at this book, mostly the Lil Chef and I were the ones working on it, since it is geared towards 3rd -6th graders.  We really enjoyed the cartoons and silly sayings(mnemonics) that went along with the words, some of them really had us laughing!   I believe that the Vocabulary Cartoons did help the Lil Chef and I increase our vocabulary just from casually reading the book.  The book does include a quiz after every 10 words, but we just did it for fun and skipped the quizzes.   

While this vocabulary book is not something that we will use every day, I do feel it is a fun resource to have.  I don't envision sticking it back on the bookcase, it will probably end up on the coffee table or in one of the book baskets floating around, for easy access.  If the Lil Chef didn't already have vocabulary built into her spelling program, I would definitely consider adding this to our curriculum choices. 

At 12.95, the Vocabulary Cartoon - Elementary Edition is very reasonably priced and well worth the purchase.  New Monics carries 2 other vocabulary books that help to prepare for SAT's as well a Picture Speller for the K-2nd crowd.  

This product was provided to us free of charge for review purposes. I was not paid in any way and the opinions expressed here are my own.


Lorus! said...

Well done review. We used the book like you did. It was interesting.


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