Give Your Child the Vocabulary They Need to Succeed!
Why Increase Vocabulary?
Consensus is building among researchers that vocabulary is the missing link in reading education. Many children enter school 3,000-4,000 words behind their peers. By fifth grade this vocabulary gap has turned into a five-year deficit in reading comprehension. Even our best students are behind their grandparents and earlier generations, as both the decline in Verbal SAT scores (51 point decline) and the 15,000 word drop in vocabulary since 1950 indicate. WordSmart Vocabulary can help.
An increased vocabulary improves overall academic aptitude, reading comprehension, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Based on over 70 years of research at the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation, WordSmart Vocabulary software helps your child expand his or her reading and speaking skills. With spoken explanations of over 200 core words, over 5000 unique pronounced words, and fun vocabulary activities to promote memorization, WordSmart’s vocabulary software teaches by emphasizing context and reading comprehension for an increased vocabulary.
A student’s vocabulary is the best indicator of success. Help your child go further with engaging vocabulary activities from WordSmart.
Why Choose WordSmart?
WordSmart's mission is to improve
vocabulary through easy-to-use interactive software at an affordable price. Our
products are based on more than 70 years of research at the Johnson O'Connor
Research Foundation. From the initial diagnostic test, the WordSmart Challenge,
to the five interactive learning modes for each program, our products are
designed to help you acquire a larger vocabulary as quickly and effectively as
possible, while having fun. So, there is no better company in the world to help
you build your vocabulary!
WordSmart Vocabulary consists of Volumes A-D for Grade School students. Each volume contains:
Over 5000 unique pronounced words
Over 1400 words defined
Over 200 core words
Pronunciations of every word
Spoken explanations of every core word
How does it work?
WordSmart Vocabulary incorporates a series of exercises that stress comprehension rather than memorization. It employs five different interactive learning modes, each designed to exercise a different cognitive style. WordSmart Vocabulary also stresses Fun! To complete each lesson, students will blast their way to a better vocabulary with the arcade-style Laser Review.
No matter what level your child is at school, WordSmart's award-winning vocabulary builder WILL give your child’s grades a big boost -- Guaranteed! A powerful vocabulary greatly enhances overall academic aptitude. So reading, comprehension, critical thinking and problem solving improve dramatically. If you are not completely satisfied, return the software for a full refund.
Real Human Voices
The various exercises explore all words from every possible angle, allowing for total comprehension. The system also raises student awareness of other words and concepts, enabling them to rapidly expand their knowledge of words that they are only partially familiar with. WordSmart works. And it works fast...10 to 100 times faster than unstructured study.
Students learn the meaning of words quickly and easily with the help of the accompanying audio. Not only do encouraging sound effects stimulate students, but a soothing voice helps lead the way. In fact, the WordSmart Vocabulary Program introduces 5,000 words spoken in real human voices.
The Link Between Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary is the missing link in reading education...after phonics the key to high reading scores is a large vocabulary. Yet schools are not doing enough to teach vocabulary. There is a sequential order in which students actually acquire words. When words are presented in this order, they learn and retain more words. Most schools use inadequate teaching methods that use lists that are just random collections of words. Unlike other vocabulary building systems, the WordSmart list of core words - developed by the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation after testing over 700,000 subjects - reflects the actual order in which students acquire words.
Traditional methods of vocabulary instruction, though they might prevent the language gap from growing larger if begun schoolwide by an early age, will never close the vocabulary gap that exits between today's students (3000-4000 word difference between high and low 3rd graders!), nor help make up the language deficit due to TV, Video Games, and the Internet (15,000 words lost to the average 14 year-old since 1950).
Only a computer aided vocabulary and knowledge building program like Wordsmart can give students the repetitions, practice in context, and motivation they need to catch up in a hurry - raising reading comprehension scores while leaving teachers free to teach higher - order language skills (writing, poetry, literature, and so on).
We have an emergency in American schools; and workbooks and didactic instruction are just too slow. The vocabularies of all American children are shrinking...38% of American 4th graders cannot read at even basic proficiency.
When students' vocabularies do not "grow with books," they begin to fall behind in reading. After 8th grade, when the level of vocabulary in textbooks increases, reading comprehension may decrease. This can cause students to experience a sense of despair, ultimately preventing them from keeping up in school.
Reading is the key to preparing our children to compete in the global economy; WordSmart vocabulary building software is the key to world-class reading skills.
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