Wordly Wise 3000, Book 12, Second Edition, is a language arts curriculum to help build a child's vocabulary. The purpose of the Wordly
Wise 3000 series is to build a child's vocabulary skill to a standard found on many standardized tests, such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT and junior college entry exams. There are 13 levels (K-12), with each level using a Teacher Resource Book and a Student Workbook (plus there is an optional audio CD). The teacher's guide shows how to use the program. It has the answers to all the student book questions. It also has tests and the test answers. The student workbook has 20 lessons. Each lesson starts with a list of 15 words, their definitions, and a sentence to go with each definition. Then there are five short sections to aid further learning and understanding of the vocabulary. After every five lessons there is a review. The optional audio CD allows the student to hear the vocabulary words, definitions, word usage, and the reading passages.
This is an easy program to implement. It has simple instructions, and the activities are not intimidating or long. Many of the words for Book 12 are words that I found in the SAT practice exams. The majority of the words I did not recognize or use in a sentence, neither could my student. So I estimate that the words are about 12th-grade level or higher. A child who knows Latin may be able to decode the meaning of many words--more than a child who doesn't know Latin. Some examples of the words are abnegate,
badinage, cacophony, denizen, encomium, fecund, imbibe, lachrymose, miscreant,
purvey, rectitude, sanguine, vitiate, etc. The activities are similar to what you will find on the SAT (e.g., find the meaning, find the antonym, find the synonym, choose the best word, etc).
Each lesson has a reading passage with the words from that lesson. Since this level is meant for the 12th grader, I found the reading passages tolerable. But if you plan on using this series with a younger child, I recommend you pre-read the passages and address some of the issues that come up (e.g., "Epicurus...taught that pleasure . . . was the highest, indeed, the only good" or "Sharks first appeared . . . three hundred million years ago"). This is not a Christian curriculum.
In conclusion, I like this for older students to help prepare them for the SAT.
It can be self taught--especially using the audio CD. If your child is heading
towards the ACT, PSAT, or SAT, this is a good preparation for them.