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WordBuild Review

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WordBuild-Vocabulary Development System by Dynamic Literacy


I was excited to discover WordBuild, a vocabulary development system by Dynamic Literacy. It is designed to “bridge the gap” between phonics and comprehension and it far exceeded my expectations. WordBuild is based on morphics which is a “method of teaching vocabulary, spelling and grammar based upon the morphemic interpretation of academic English. I appreciated that WordBuild is helping my son grasp the meaning of words he sees while he is reading. The object is to “give students the tools they need to look at unfamiliar words as puzzles that need to be solved.”

WordBuild Foundations 1 and 2 is the first in the series and is designed for second or third grade through college and adult literacy programs. It is the “next step” after phonics. My son is still using phonics and is reading on a second grade level (he is in kindergarten). In order to review this program completely and fairly, I assisted him with the easier exercises in the Student Activity Book. My son is a “builder” and he really enjoyed the “Let’s Play with Words” activity which allowed him to combine two words to make a new word (compound words). The pictures in the right hand column stimulated his responses and then he even made up some of his own words. His next favorite activity is “Before and After” which allows him to look at the pictures and develop a new word i.e. cat + fish=catfish.

I am very thankful for the WordBuild Teachers Edition manual as it gives me a reference point to brush up on my own grammar skills so that as my son progresses through the lessons, I will be more confident and assured of my ability to teach my children.

Foundations 1 and 2 Components includes two years of lessons and activities and is a solid curriculum that will teach your child basic vocabulary skills needed to master the English language.

I believe that WordBuild is an excellent way to teach vocabulary for my children because all three of my children learn more through engaging and “doing” as opposed to rote memorization. Lessons are complete in approximately 15 minutes per day (we took longer simply because my son required 1:1 assistance due to his younger than recommended age). More importantly, my son enjoys the program and instead of calling it a lesson he asks to “play the word building games”.

You can view a sample PDF of WordBuild Foundations.

For children in grades 5-10 Elements is the next series in the WordBuild Curriculum and according to Dynamic Literacy “is designed for students who have a mastery of phonics, a good working knowledge of prefixes and suffixes, and who are exposed to academic text in all of their subjects. Students will learn how English words are built and strategies to determine pieces of meaning embedded in words. Weekly study is focused on Latin and Greek-based root families. Elements Level 1 concentrates on the roots with the highest numbers of simple and intermediate words. Elements 2 and 3 focus on roots used in words of ever increasing complexity”.

Visit their site to learn more about Dynamic Literacy or to purchase WordBuild Foundations and/or Elements programs’

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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