Word Wisdom (Zaner Bloser)

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  • Reviewed on Friday, October 30, 2009
  • Grades Used: 4th
  • Dates used: 2009
We have been using Word Wisdom by Zaner-Bloser for a few months now. My dd finds it to be very interesting and retains the knowledge well.

This is a secular text. The workbook is about 200 pages. Each lesson begins with either a fiction or a non-fiction reading selection that incorporates ten vocabulary words. Our dd loves to read, and finds that the words used in this text provide an age-appropriate challenge. Lessons include work on context clues, word origins, and usage. Each lesson alternates ending with either a writing or speaking exercise to implement the vocabulary. There is a glossary in the back including pronunciation keys, syllable division, definition, and sample sentences. Activities are student-driven and lessons follow a consistent format. Once our daughter went through a chapter or two, she was able to complete her work with minimal instruction.

The fiction selections are entertaining for my daughter, and she finds the non-fiction selections to be very interesting, often bringing up the topic in discussions later in the week. Non-fiction topics cover a range of subject areas such as scinece (compound eyes vs. human eyes), social studies (the building of the trans-continental railroad), and art (biographies on environmental artists). These selections lend themselves well to unit studies.

Although we have not used it for long, this is definitely a program we plan to continue. I would not hesitate to recommend this to others looking for a vocabulary text that is interesting to avid readers.