The limits of my language are the limits of my mind.  All I know is what I have words for.
  –Ludwig Wittgenstein

Vocabulary.   Developing a solid vocabulary is important to many homeschool families for a variety of reasons.  Some are pragmatic, and want extensive vocabularies specifically so their children can do well on tests like the SAT and ACT.

Some, like Austrian philosopher Wittgenstein implies, feel that an inadequate vocabulary limits what you can learn.

Whatever the reasons, VocabAhead is one resource out there that can help families to expand their SAT-level vocabulary.

Members of the TOS Homeschool Crew received one of two products:


VocabAhead SAT Vocabulary:  Cartoons, Videos & MP3s.  This book covers 300 words in 30  units.  The book also includes access to videos and MP3s  — more on that below.  The book includes a cartoon and a story or some memorable sentences, synonyms, antonyms, and review exercises for each unit.


VocabAhead One Thousand SAT Vocabulary Videos & MP3s.  This DVD-ROM includes both the mp3 files, and the video files, for over a thousand words.  You can watch/listen on your computer, or put the files on an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.  Both the audio and video have the same information, except obviously you cannot see the cartoon while listening to the audio.

Memorable little stories or sentences, quirky cartoons — these combine to help students (or Mom and Dad!) expand their vocabulary.  Visit their website for sample videos, and read the reviews of the TOS Homeschool Crew to decide if  this could be an answer in your home.

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Special thanks to First Mate Debra from Footprints in the Butter for writing this post. 

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  1. […] I personally cannot recommend this product because they chose issues for some of their examples that are unnecessarily controversial and do not express a Christian world view.  However, if you need to learn some SAT vocab words quickly, this program may help you but parental preview is suggested. To view the word list, click here. To view my crewmates reviews, click here. […]

  2. […] The unique feature however that sets apart this vocab book is that it’s not just a book of vocabulary cartoons but actually entitles you to more making it a multi-sensory experience.  When you purchase the book you are given instructions in the book on where to go to get videos, and MP3 files as well.  You can also download on such things as iPod touch, iPhone or iPad but I suppose it would be helpful to HAVE one of those to tell you how that worked out but alas I cannot.  Some of my latest technology owning buddies on the crew will have to fill you in on that part (check out their reviews here.) […]

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