Wondering how to teach vocabulary in your homeschool this year? Find out how we have historically approached learning vocabulary in our homeschool and what our plan is for vocabulary in this upcoming school year.
We have a new homeschooler joining us this fall. My niece is going to be learning with us throughout the 2023-2024 school year.
In looking over her past test scores, transcripts and IEP, one of the areas in need of attention is overall use and understanding of higher level vocabulary. As such, I have been learning as much as I can about the best approach for teaching vocabulary in our homeschool this year.
The Value Of Vocabulary In Reading Ability
As a parent of a dyslexic child and an auntie to one as well, the implications of delayed vocabulary development are clear.
A strong understanding and use of vocabulary is essential in overall reading comprehension and retention.
Vocabulary plays a fundamental role in the reading process, and contributes greatly to a reader’s comprehension. A reader cannot understand a text without knowing what most of the words mean. Students learn the meanings of most words indirectly, through everyday experiences with oral and written language.Reading Rockets.org
While it’s true that most students learn a large portion of their vocabulary from everyday usage, not all learners are able to access learning in this way. Moreover, if a student has not been exposed to a language rich environment, research shows that there are noted “vocabulary gaps” for many learners.
Because of the importance of exposing my niece to as much language as possible, I began searching for options to help her make progress.
Teaching Vocabulary In Your Homeschool
Up until now, I have not had a need for a formal vocabulary program. My kids naturally made progress in this area over time. For example, my youngest and I listen to audiobooks well above his reading level, with advanced vocabulary, daily.
When we come across a word he doesn’t know, we look it up on google, and then usually try to make a few funny sentences with it.
This year however, I want to take a more focused approach. My son actually loves language and learning new words, so it’s an interest for him. My niece is happy to do the same.
Choosing The Right Vocabulary Program
In looking for the right program, I knew I needed a few important features:
- Access for multiple children who have different levels of knowledge
- Online learning
- Practice is for short periods of time (working with and not against attention spans)
- Not babyish (although they both have learning differences, they are also both 17 years old!)
- Easy for me to track progress (especially for my niece)
I chose Wordela Homeschool.
Wordela Homeschool: An Online Vocabulary Program For Learners K-12
Wordela Homeschool is an online vocabulary program for homeschoolers. Designed to individualize learning to a child’s needs, it was designed by the same company that created Typesy Homeschool, another outstanding program in the homeschool community.
Flexible Learning To Accommodate Your Child’s Needs
Wordela Homeschool is appropriate for all grade levels. It has standards aligned word lists for each level, but what I love is that it also allows you to create your own.
For example, when my son and I hear a word in our audiobook that he is not familiar with, I can create a word list in Wordela Homeschool to help him practice. We have an Edgar Allan Poe word list currently in process!
In addition to the ability to customize word lists, Wordela Homeschool automatically populates lessons with a variety of learning approaches including definitions, up to 50 different examples, and even more robust content from other online sources (Wikipedia, for example).
The program sequentially builds your child’s knowledge as they progress through the lessons using a their AutoLearnTM technology and AI-driven spelling and vocabulary support systems.
It is no surprise to me that Wordela Homeschool has been statistically proven to improve spelling and vocabulary up to 70% faster!
Parent Friendly Vocabulary Program
Because I am taking on a new learner this year, I need easy access to her progress. Wordela Homeschool has a parent/teacher dashboard that shows me everything I need to know, all in one place.
Easy To Use
One of the biggest benefits of Wordela Homeschool is how easy it is to use. I was able to create two student accounts and begin to formulate our own wordlists in less than 5 minutes!
The kids love being able to use the program on all of their devices as well.
Try Wordela Homeschool
I am so glad to have found this program and if you are looking for a spelling and vocabulary resource for your homeschool, I highly recommend you give Wordela Homeschool a try.
The good news is, Wordela Homeschool is so confident in the value of this program, they offer a a 12-month money back guarantee + you get $50 back.