Tuesday, November 15, 2011

College Prep Genius Vocabcafe Series TOS Crew Review

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  One of our goals this year is to get the kids to want to read and not just comic books and books that are too easy for them. Now trying to find good books that will help strengthen their vocabulary and keep their interest is a feat in itself. When offered the opportunity to review the Complete Vocabcafe Series from College Prep Genius along with the TOS Crew I was hoping for just that.

  We were sent all 4 books in the series, IM for Murder, Operation High school, Planet Exile, and Summer of St. Nick. We started off reading Summer of St. Nick, these are geared for middle school and Jr. high school and my boys are grade equivalent but not necessarily developmentally age appropriate.  They did stumble with many of the words that were in the books but it was wonderful to expose them to the SAT Prep words and with using repetition, definition and reinforcement they boys were able to catch on fairly quick. These books highlight 300 words per book that are SAT Prep and the definitions of each word are given at the bottom and are also accompanied by word review and appendix as well.

    In this day and age it is often hard to find fiction books that are suitable for the Christian teen and although these had some content that I was surprised to find, like for instance a reference to girls in the Operation High School book, there was nothing offensive or vulgar. I did not have to rip the book from my kids hands and say sorry you cannot read this. Everything is done in a tasteful way with no vulgar language, no sex and no witchcraft or sorcery.

  It is always refreshing to come across modern novels of fiction that are safe for this age group where I do not feel compelled to read them before hand. I can trust the content and know that not only are they reading and enjoying the content but they are learning and expanding their vocabulary at the same time.

  We have only had the chance to finish 2 out of the 4 books, like I said we started with Summer of St. Nick and then went on to Operation High school, we are currently beginning Planet Exile. The only one I have reservations with at the moment is IM for Murder and it is not because it contains anything bad it is simply because of the temperament of my boys. Taylor is afraid of everything even at this point in his life at the age of 12, due to his disabilities.  So I am not sure if we are going to read the 4th book together as we have with the others or if we are going to maybe hold off and use it in the Spring or next Fall.

  One thing that I am so excited about with these books is that I actually see them using some of the vocabulary words. They go out of their way to use them in the correct context. It is so funny they feel so important when they use words they think other people may not know. It makes for very interesting dinner conversation.

   If this sounds like something you may be interested in for your tweens and teens be sure to check them out as soon as possible because right now they are on sale. You can get all 4 books for the price of 3. Normally the complete series runs $51.80 but right now they are on sale for $38.85 for the set. This is a great savings and these books are well worth the investment. They can also be purchased separately for $12.95 each.
   While you are shopping be sure to check out all of the other offerings from College Prep Genius, like SAT workbooks and DVDs and even co-op materials. There are many offerings to get your students ready to take the SAT.

  Be sure to stop by the TOS Crew page to see what my fellow crew mates have to say about Vocabcafe and also College Prep Genius  for High school.


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Jennifer said...

That is great that you already see them using the new vocabulary words they have learned.