"Glasses" by Matheus Almeida at flickr.com (scaled, cropped and text added)

Word Nerd
Review of Super Skills Box

I love learning unfamiliar words and having my kids join in. We often choose a new word of the week and practice using it in various ways. My kids love pulling out the dictionary to find new intriguing words. I am a self-proclaimed word nerd and my kids are known to be little grammar police.

 "Glasses" by Matheus Almeida at flickr.com (scaled, cropped and text added)

Image courtesy of Matheus Almeida at flickr.com (scaled, cropped and text added)

My son, who is now in college, has also become a word nerd. As he was growing up I forbid the use of what I call “nonsense language” and focused on learning real words in fun new ways. It paid off! He scored two points from perfect on the language section of his college entrance exam at the end of his ninth-grade year. He is now studying film making and has received rave reviews for his writing. He earned a scholarship for his writing skills and has been singled out by professors for his amazing writing ability. He makes me very proud!

As you can imagine, when I was approached by superskillsbox.com I was beyond excited! Super Skills Box is a monthly subscription box that assists you in learning new vocabulary words in just 4 minutes per day. Expanding your vocabulary will help with things such as public speaking, writing, SAT and more. Each box comes with an instruction guide, a variety of vocabulary words, a words and test booklet.
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My daughter gets so excited when she gets mail, so we are big fans of subscription boxes. They give her something to look forward to. We have been using the program for about a week and really love learning new words. Each day we hang our new word on the refrigerator, look it over at breakfast, review it again at lunch by spelling it and using it in a sentence, we share it as a family at dinner, and then review it before bed for maximum retention. There are also weekly quizzes you can take to maximize your learning.

So far this week, my daughters favorite word is “hamper”. She was excited to learn that it had a second meaning and wasn’t just a place for stinky clothes. We practice using each of the words throughout the day and she shares them with her friends each afternoon. I am excited to see her progression throughout this month.

What fun ways do you use to learn new words?

"Krystian" by Krystian Olszanski at flickr.com (scaled, cropped and text added)

Image courtesy of Krystian Olszanski at flickr.com (scaled, cropped and text added)

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