Logic Stage Vocabulary

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The logic stage introduces vasts amounts of complicated text, giving the student ample opportunity to keep an ongoing log of ever-developing vocabulary.

The best method is to dedicate a notebook to vocabulary from any subject.  As the student reads something scientific and takes notes in their science notebook, they should include any words they do not understand or do understand, but have not seen before.  These words should then be transferred over into the vocabulary notebook.

Dedicate every other day to vocab/spelling & every other day to grammar.  This is in addition to any fiction/non-fiction writing exercises or foreign language (including Latin).

Grade 5 should be able to handle 10 word parts + 20 new vocabulary words each week.  Remember, any old words that they are not proficient in should be added to the upcoming list the following week.  So naturally the number of words on their list will vary from time to time.

At any point they have 20 old words they have not mastered, an extra week should be taken to sear these into their minds rather than add on new ones for that week.

This pattern should continue throughout the logical stage, adding 5-10 more words expected each week with every year of age or grade level.  A good general rule is to comb through all fiction & non-fiction material while adding any questionable words.  Usually if this is done, the amount will naturally increase with age as their reading not only becomes more complex, but the quantity itself increases.

I like to give my sons the benefit of the doubt until I peruse their list and find it lacking.  The more you do this, the better you will be at spotting a trifling effort on their part.  This becomes an exercise in not only vocabulary, but integrity and humility as well.  It also gives clues as to their general trustworthiness in other arenas of study and aptitude.

Any & all vocabulary notebooks should remain accessible to the student in later grades.  When a 1 subject notebook is filled, it’s a good idea to have them review its entire contents before beginning a new one.

At this age, memorization exercises are best taken in 15-30 minute intervals, 2-4 times a day.  The shorter the attention span, the more often the material should be studied.  Flashcards are a very simple yet profoundly effective tool.  Hole-punching index cards & then binding them with a single large binding ring is a great way to have them ready for road trips or running errands.

More ideas will be discussed in our lesson plan forum, but in general the logic age should be handwriting definitions at least 3 times/week amongst other efforts.


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