Several months ago I purchased Volumes 1 and 2 of Joegil Lundquist’s English from the Roots Up. Since then my son and I have been studying Volume 1 at home. In using this book, we find that learning word roots greatly increases the number of new vocabulary words we can learn in a given period of time. In the book, roots are presented individually along with many example words and a wealth of information about them. This makes for a fascinating study, bringing the words to life as we learn how they were used in the past. There are notes for the teacher on every page. These are written a personable style allowing us to imagine that Mrs. Lundquist, herself, is right with us, sharing her vast knowledge of history and the roots of the English language. You get the feeling she really cares about her readers and how they look at things as they learn. In a week’s time we are able to cover two or three new roots and find it satisfying to note how rapidly our ability to decipher new words multiplies with every page we turn. Volume 2 is a contin…
At the end of each of our homeschool opening times we would learn one word. I used this with my tenth, sixth, and third grader. I used no cards but would simply “flash” the word at them with my hand covering the answer. After we discussed each new word we’d go back to previous ones to review, everyone shouting out the answer if they knew it. Sometimes I’d let them be the teacher and I’d “play” along. My tenth grader claims she learned more valuable information from doing this for about seven minutes per day than she did from her Latin course. Ouch! Then there was the constant reinforcement almost daily as we would encounter these words in other subjects and life.
This book is what I was looking for to learn roots. It is very basic and that’s all I was looking for in word origin: that a word is Latin or Greek in origin and the meaning of the root word. The study is enabling my 9th grader to enlarge his vocabulary and figure out words he has not seen before by picking out roots he has studied. I did not purchase the flash cards and I kind of wish I had because they are a great tool for learning and making them is time consuming. Making them also helps learning however so it depends on your teaching preference and time.