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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dynamic Literacy: WordBuild: Foundations, Level 1 ~ a TOS review

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Words, words, words! They are everywhere and essential to everyday life. Today I am pleased to share with you a review of  WordBuild: Foundations, Level 1 from Dynamic Literacy.

Dynamic Literacy is a company committed to improving reading comprehension, vocabulary and language skills through their vocabulary development system. This program is based on frequently used Greek and Latin roots to help student gain the necessary skills to decode unfamiliar words.

The WordBuild program is divided into two series: Foundations and Elements. Foundations builds a vocabulary foundation by learning the prefixes and suffixes. Elements, on the other hand, builds on what your children have already learned in Foundations and starts to introduce more complex root families.


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The Foundations program is recommended for students in  2nd -5th grades, or for students in 5th-9th who need remedial work. We received a physical set of two student level books and a teacher’s book.

Basics Student Activity Book is  a 20 page color workbook that uses pictures to expose students to different compound words. Prefixes and suffixes are introduced in a fun, graphic way.

Student Activity Book contains 184 pages in  workbook format and covers 30 prefixes, suffixes, and combinations.

Teacher Edition is essential to the program. It contains the complete copy of the student book with all the answers, periodic tests and comprehensive assessments. Also included with your teacher’s book is access to printable worksheets, a Bingo game, and many more useful charts.

I  worked with Foundations program with Montana, my rising 3rd grader, and followed the helpful schedule included. Each day we learned about the Prefix square, Affix adder, Magic Square, Word Search, and a review of the concepts learned for the week. Since we learn Latin in our everyday schooling, Montana was able to pick up and decipher some of the bigger words in our other schooling. She frequently asked to complete her Foundations lessons before doing her independent work, which makes me happy since she usually prefers other subjects to Language Arts. I can see us continuing to work through the rest of this program as we start school back up in early August. She has learned a lot and reading and decoding has come just a bit easier.

I would definitely recommend this product for anyone needing a vocabulary program. I think it is a great beginning to learning words and there meanings for when your students will need to take the ACT or {P}SAT. Montana enjoyed working with this program and we will be continuing with it throughout the rest of her 3rd grade year. Albeit at a slower pace of maybe 1 lesson, every 2 weeks.

Be sure to check out what my CrewMates thought of this program and the other two programs being reviewed, WordBuild: Elements, Level 1 Set and WordBuildOnline by clicking the banner below.

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Company ~ Dynamic Literacy

Product ~ WordBuild: Foundations, Level 1

Ages ~ 2rd-5th grades or 5th-9th who need remedial work

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