What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens will do some serious vocabulary building with Vocab Rootology. They won't find flashy graphics, cool sound effects, or even creative games; instead, the Greek/Latin roots take center stage. After teens complete timed drills, parents can track their progress through the report card feature, which lists their current level, a GPA, and performance based on four categories. Vocab Rootology can helps those kids who struggle with vocabulary. If kids can learn Greek/Latin roots it may help them define and understand vocabulary in texts they may be reading.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids who are already interested in word origins may find the content engaging. The app would benefit from improved graphics and more engaging activities.
Difficulty increases by level, and report cards track progress and encourage kids to keep improving. Learning the roots of words can help kids not only with exams but also with reading comprehension throughout life.
Detailed instructions help kids use the app effectively, but an interactive tutorial would be better. The app lacks audio options, putting auditory learners at a disadvantage.
What's it about?
VOCAB ROOTOLOGY offers a simple exercise -- studying vocabulary-based flashcards -- and then puts the content of those flashcards to use during timed drills so players can, as the instructions put it, "Drill, baby, Drill!!!" Flashcards cover four main categories: prefixes, suffixes, Greek roots, and Latin roots. As teens study flashcards, they earn experience points. Completing timed drills, organized by subject and level, also earns points. Both types of points help determine a teen's overall GPA and grade level, shown on the Report Card.
Is it any good?
With Vocab Rootology, developer PrepInteractive aims to help teens prepare for important standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT, and GRE. This focus on academic success leads to a more serious app focused less on frills and more on academic vocabulary. Multiple levels keep teens from practicing the same words over and over again, and the report card feature encourages them to improve their GPAs as they continue building their knowledge of Greek and Latin roots.
An engaging tutorial instead of lengthy instructions would give the app a boost, as would audio options for auditory learners.
Families can talk about...
Pay attention to the roots kids are learning and incorporate words containing those roots into everyday conversation.
Instead of having kids quiz themselves, use the flashcard portion of the app to quiz them.