I am blessed to do a lot of homeschool product reviews for you all, but if you don’t homeschool, make sure you don’t turn away just yet. What I just got to review is good for at home after school to help your child in the classroom. Or if you are a teacher (not at home), you can use them with your classroom! The company is called Lone Star Learning. They have many wonderful products, but what I was able to review was the Target Vocabulary Pictures, Set 1.
As you can probably tell from the picture above, it shows the definitions of words in the written word itself. They are a set of flashcards. Each flashcard is a colorful representation of a math term. It is written or drawn in such a way that it defines the word. For example, the word ‘diagonal’ above, is written diagonally. The word ‘cone’ is shaped like a cone. I love it! Genius!
Now, when I say “flashcard”, I don’t mean the typical index card size card. There are 2 sizes you can choose from; the small are 5.5″ x 4.25″ and the large ones are 11″ x 8.5″.
First, we went over the cards together. I would show them a word and they would tell me if they knew what the word means based on the picture. Even my preschooler got in on the action on this one. She would repeat the words while looking at the card. She loves feeling like she is doing big kid school! That being said, these cards are a little old for her. They are meant for as young as Kindergarten, on up to about 8th grade. You can look at the lists of words on the website to see which wordlist would be appropriate for your child. Anyway, while going over the cards, if they didn’t know what a word meant, I would read them the definition off of the definition list that came with the set.
From there, I had them go over the flashcards together. They would use the definition list to make sure they know the exact definition of each card. Then, using the picture, they can see how to remember it best since the picture looks like the definition! They are in 3rd and 5th grade, so it was good for them to go over them together. My 3rd grader was learning terms he hasn’t necessarily gone over yet, but that was fine.
These cards are made very well. They are very sturdy, so would hopefully withstand the test of time. On the side of the word picture, they are wonderfully colored and have a glossy finish. The only complaint I have is that I would have preferred the definition of each word be on the back of its respective card instead of on a separate sheet.
Although, I thought of a little game I can do to help remedy that problem. I am going to type up all the definitions, print them off and then cut them up. Then, I will have the kids use a glue stick to glue them onto the back of each card. It may take them a couple days to get it done, but I think it will be worth it in the long run.
All in all, I think these cards are great. They are a great way to remember terms that would otherwise be boring to learn.
Information at a glance:
What is it? Flashcards from Lone Star Learning (we reviewed the math, but other crew members reviewed the Science and Greek and Latin Roots if you are interested in reading more)
For Whom? Kids in grades K and up
How much? The math and science sets are $29.99, while the Greek and Latin Roots set is $39.99. Seems a little high, but you have to remember you will use this for multiple grades.