Thursday, August 16, 2012

Vocab Videos

Vocab Videos is a website devoted to helping your child study vocabulary. Their tagline is "Bringing Vocabulary to Life", and to do this they make use of short videos that use vocabulary words in context.  There are 500 SAT and high school level vocabulary words covered.  In addition to the videos, there are digital quizzes available, a flashcard maker, and digital quizzes to reinforce the words the student is studying.

I was given a Small Educators subscription to review.  This allowed me to created student accounts (for up to 20 students) and the ability to manage them from the teacher dashboard.  This subscription is $74.99 for a year's access.  There are also student accounts only starting at $24.99.


My intention was to allow Luke and Ezekiel to watch these videos.  They've just begun 8th and 7th grades, so they are younger than the targeted age, but we like quirky humor and we like words.  However, when I previewed the videos, I realized this wasn't an option.  The story lines often revolve around boy/girl relationships (at times they reminded me of sitcoms that I don't allow my boys to watch), and there is language we find objectionable (including "Oh my God" and "that sucks").  This didn't come as a complete surprise, as we were told up front that this might be the case.  After I received my subscription and began previewing the videos, there were more issues for our family than I thought there would be when I signed up to do this review.

That said, if my boys were older (say late high school), I might consider letting the use this program for vocabulary study.  The way the words are taught definitely makes them memorable, so I don't want to dismiss the website as an option entirely.  I really think each family needs to take a look and evaluate this program for their family.  Sample videos are available here.


To read more reviews of Vocab Videos, go here.

Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine. 

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