Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TOS Crew New Monic Vocabulary Cartoons Review

New Monic
http://www.vocabularycartoons.com/home/
Vocabulary Cartoons
$12.95
3rd-6th grade


Vocabulary Cartoons
New Monic Vocabulary Cartoons
How do you know when a book is a hit? 

In our home, it's when a book continues to disappear and mysteriously resurface on someone's desk or pillow, you know you have a winner!!

After receiving this item in the mail, we immediately sat down to check it out.  My children (grades 2, 4 and 7th) were a bit apprehensive to 'study' vocabulary...but after a few pages, they were all laughing and begging for more.   It's a hoot!  And, because it's so comical, the meanings of the words stick with you.

I read through the first section with my kids.  We took our time and talked about each picture (laughing all the while).  At the end of each section, there's a "quiz" to see what you remember.  My 7th and 4th graders aced it and even my 2nd grader didn't do too shabby either.  In fact, I was very impressed at the amount she remembered. 

This was pure learning enjoyment --- no wonder I had such a hard time keeping track of this book!

We were very pleased with Vocabulary Cartoons.  Reasonably priced, we will be purchasing the books for the upper level in the future.

See below on New Monic's explanation and example. 
From their website:
How It Works

Vocabulary Cartoons Work By Using Mnemonics

Vocabulary Cartoons works on the principle of mnemonics. A mnemonic is a device that helps you remember something by associating what you are trying to remember with something you already know. A mnemonic device could be in many different forms like; rhymes, songs, pictures to name a few. For example, "Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety-two" is a classic mnemonic rhyme which helps you remember when Columbus discovered America.

Following the mnemonic principle of association, Vocabulary Cartoons link together an auditory (rhyming) word association and a visual association in the form of a humorous cartoon. These powerful mnemonics help students retain the meanings of words longer and with less effort than trying to memorize definitions straight out of a dictionary.

In the example below, the new word FATHOM is associated (linked with) the rhyming word FAT THUMB, which in turn is then presented visually as a humorous cartoon. The more outrageous and bizarre the cartoon, the easier it is to remember.

Vocabulary Cartoons

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I received this item free of charge in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Visiting from the crew...and looking at buying this so checking out reviews...thanks for yours! I'm also now following you. Have a wonderful day!

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