Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review Lone Star Learning - Science Vocabulary Cards

Lone Star Learning produces quality teaching tools designed "by teachers, for teachers". They make a wide variety of products including flashcards, apps, digital products, posters and more which assist with teaching science, math and language arts. 100% of the Lone Star Learning products are printed and designed in the USA!!!

A moms review: 
We had the opportunity to review the Set 1 Science Vocabulary Cards from Lone Star Learning. These 40, 5.5″ x 8.5″ full color, coated cardstock cards show the meaning of the word withing the words themselves utilizing really adorable pictures. This combination of color and pictures along with the word is known as mnemonics. What there's a special word for it? See even this homeschool mom learns a few new things from time to time.

mne·mon·ic - adj. Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory. n. A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.

Research shows that using mnemonics helps students make connections between the words and their meanings and that it is one of the most successful ways to aid in learning. And I must concur. I remember during my schooling days I used to come up with little rhymes or songs to remember things like dates, the presidents, states etc. Whenever I did this I could easily remember what I needed to. I never knew though that there was a term for I do.

There are a total of 4 science card sets and they are not arranged by grade level. On the Lone Star Learning website there is a list of the words included in each set which makes it easy to determine which set will be appropriate for your child. Because we are a science heavy family I decided the science cards would be a good fit for us. These cards are strictly a supplement and can be with ANY homeschool science curriculum. There was a flyer that came with the cards that had some great ideas on ways to utilize them. They are great for literally all ages (I used them with my 5 and 7 year old). And they are great for all learning styles since the way you will utilize them will vary. We utilized these cards a few times a week.

Word List Set 1
fibrous root
load – fulcrum
inclined plane

How we used them:
There are a variety of ways you can use these cards. I am sure all of the TOS Crew bloggers will be coming up with different ways. Here are a few of the things we did with them...

My 7 year old is learning to read, so one evening I had her sit down and try to read some of the cards. Between her phonics knowledge and the helpful pictures she was able to read many of the cards on her own and was really proud of herself. After she read a card, I would ask both kids what the word meant, they were easily able to define many of them. When we came to one they couldn't define we would discuss the meaning and sometimes use helpful YouTube videos for further explanation like these: lever, deciduous, symmetry, sedimentary/metamorphic, wedge, pulley....

My 7 year old does not enjoy writing all that much, especially when it comes to writing a long sentence. However I still make her practice her writing everyday. On the backs of the cards I had her write the definitions she and her 5 yr old brother came up with. She has written the definitions on several and we will slowly continue to work our way through them. In the photo below she wrote "an animal that eats meat" on the back of the carnivore card.

Science Category Game;
Games are always a huge hit with my children. So whenever possible I try to make things we are learning about into a game. We played a few with the cards one of them was categorizing the cards. Example: The cards that had to do with animals, plants, etc (life science) went into one pile, cards that had to do with weather, seasons, etc (earth science) went into a different pile, cards that had to do with energy, temperature, etc (physical science) went into another and so on.

Scavenger Hunt Game:
This game was probably the children's favorite. I would give them a card and then they would have to search around the house for something that demonstrated/defined the word. They seriously begged to play this game everyday. I loved when they would include our pet rat and ferret.

And of course during each of these activities the children were building their science vocabulary and knowledge as well.

There are numerous ways you could organize/store your cards. You could hole punch them in the corner and secure them together with a binder ring, you could put them in a large index card type box, you could put them in a 1 gallon ziplock bag or you could put them in sheet protectors in a binder. We use binders for everything in our homeschool so I choose that method. 4 cards fit nicely into one sheet protector or you could opt to just put two into one sheet protector that way the backs are exposed and visible (if you choose to write definitions on them it will be easier to see). Now our cards are all in one place and safe from getting misplaced. The other nice thing about having them in the sheet protectors is that kids can complete activities like writing definitions, writing science categories, using words in a sentence, etc directly onto the sheet protectors with a dry erase marker. On the front of the binder I placed the activity suggestion sheet that came with the cards.

FREE stuff:
-Free reproducibles
-There are some great ideas in the convention handouts including this vocabulary pdf and science pdf

Wrap up:
I really enjoyed using these cards to supplement our science curriculum and help build the children's vocabulary. I like that they can be utilized with all grade levels and learning styles. The only negative remark I have is in regards to the price. I think they are a little too expensive for just a supplemental product and out of many homeschool parents budget. I would definitively consider purchasing more of these cards.

Gwyns review (7 yrs old):
I like the cards and the pictures. I really liked that mommy let us go on a scavenger hunt. They help us learn the words and meanings.

Links to follow:
-Lone Star Learning Website
-Lone Star Learning Facebook
-Lone Star Learning Twitter

Where to buy:

The Science Vocabulary cards are available in 4 sets which are each $29.99 + there is a K-2 grade set which is $58.99. Right now you can get ALL 4 sets for $107.99.

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*Disclaimer - As part of the TOS Review Crew I received a set of the Science Vocab Cards in return for my honest review. Please note that prices indicated in the post are subject to change. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions are our own! Many of the links found on my side bars and in my blog posts are affiliate links. As a result, I might get paid money and I will most likely spend the money on homeschool supplies. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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