Friday, August 17, 2012

Vocab Videos--TOS Review

Vocab Videos uses short videos to illustrate the meanings of 500 high value, frequently tested (SAT, ACT and junior high/high school) vocabulary words. In addition to vocabulary videos featuring entertaining characters and outrageous plot lines, the website also has extensive review material found in the form of digital quizzes (as well as other forms explained below).

We were set up with the Small Educators Subscription to review, this subscription offered us the ability to monitor student progress, access all videos and study material, and the ability to create individual student accounts. Our teacher's account allowed me to register my kiddos for their own individual Vocab Videos accounts, I was able to monitor their progress by viewing the student quiz scores and completed worksheets. Below is an example of the teacher's dashboard:


Vocab Videos also uses a flashcard maker and digital worksheets to enhance sentence writing and practice the use of synonyms and mnemonics. Crossword puzzles, an extensive glossary and teacher tracking tools all combine to further student success. Below is an example of a flashcard you might see when using this program:


Student Subscriptions are available in 6-month and 12-month subscriptions. If you were to purchase a yearly subscription it is available for $74.99.  A single student subscription is available for $39.99 a year. Please visit the for more information and details. Vocab Videos offers a one month free trial so be sure to check that out.

One thing that didn't work well for our family was the content of the videos. While the information and form was good (and made sense), we had a hard time with phrases used such as "Oh my God" and "Oh God" when the actors were playing out the scene. Also in the videos that showcased co-workers and their interaction with a female co-worker, we found to be inappropriate according to our family's belief system. The men were "eyeing up" the female co-worker and calling her "fine." We are trying to raise our children with Godly character traits and we found these videos to not portray such traits. After watching a few and allowing my older children to see some "tamed down" videos to get the point across of how this program was designed, we stopped watching the videos and focused on the other things within the program.

To see what my fellow Crew Mates had to say about Vocab Videos, visit the Homeschool Crew Blog to read more.

**Disclosure: My review and opinion written in this post is entirely my own. This product was provided to me for free in exchange for my review as a member of the 2012 The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew.

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