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Q1: My students
have emailed me their answers to some of the session puzzles they have
completed. I have not received their answers. What is the "blocking"
problem? How do I fix it?
Q11: My ten-year old son needs practice for a spelling bee. What content do you have that will help him?
A: When you do not receive
the scores from your students, even though they type in YOUR correct
email, either the email server at the school or the ISP that the school
uses, does not recognize and has not authorized for you to receive email
from "email@example.com" (she is not "whitelisted").
The way to correct this "block" is to go to your ISP, through your IT
person, and ask them to unblock emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will "whitelisted" Jans emails and you will be fixed! This should
clear up things and allow the ability for you to get your
Q2: I have been
using your SAT/ACT vocabulary puzzles in my 11-12 grade English classes
for several years. Is it possible for me to get the puzzles in the old
HTML format? Why did you change?
A: The reason we went to
the new format with the SAT/ACT Test Prep is that every puzzle, except
for the Crossword and Word Search, is now interactive and answers are
scored and can be sent via email to anyone. (We believe the CW and WS
are better exercises on paper than interactive on the web!)
There are also teachers that really like things about the old version
plus we have lots of direct links in them that we do not want to loose.
So, we did not get rid of them! (Glad you are one of them.) We did put
on each of the 12 old TopSAT features an "ALERT" saying that the new
ones have more utility for interactivity. You will see that "Note" when
you go to any of the old ones with this link:
http://www.myvocabulary.com/topsat1.html -- then substitute -- topsat2 or topsat3 or ......topsat12.html
to find topics/subjects among the 380 word lists that interest him.
Choose words that are challenging, not too hard, and make flash cards.
You might want to play for pennies. If he spells a word correctly, he
wins the coin. If he makes an error, he pays you. Always enlist the
help of his teacher who can also provide encouragement, suggestions and
other word lists.
Q24: If I find a typing error, should I email you?
Q12: My wife and I have two sons who are disinterested in learning. Their scores are low. What would motivate them?
A: If your sons enjoy using the computer show
them Vocabulary University sessions. They might “like” the faculty
members and the graphics behind the various puzzles. Working together,
you can show them the “roots/cells” of words and how useful they are in
deciphering meanings of unfamiliar words. After all of you look at the
words in a particular session, and at the “story”, you could make up
another one together. Boys and girls seem to thrive if there is a
“contest” to see who can invent the funniest one etc. If they “like”
the idea, try completing levels 1, 2 or 3. Answers are provided.
Q13: I am a senior citizen with too much time on my hands. I really enjoy puzzles and words. Do you have any ideas?
A: You can use our daily root puzzle featured on
the home page. If a “timed” puzzle is of interest, go to
http://www.aarp.org/fun/puzzles/ and http://www.aarp.magazine.org/games/
and choose the word games category, our Rootonym puzzle. If you want
word challenges, try levels 2 or 3 in Vocabulary University. If you like
words in general, choose a word list and using the alphabet, add words
to those already existing. We would love to include your additions!
Q14: Our school desperately needs vocabulary. Do you have a Word of The Day?
A: We offer, instead, “Root-of-The-Week". We
have a daily puzzle on the home page that uses roots/cells to promote
an "easy" way to remember the meaning of a word.
Q15: What is the point of having a site that stresses Latin and Greek roots?
A: Most state standards now require the
introduction of Latin and Greek roots. Since words are composed of
“roots” from Latin and Greek, learners can decode parts of words to
better understand their meaning and the significance of reading
Q16: I am a sophomore in high school. Your stuff is hard for me. What do I do?
A: Start at the beginning by clicking on
Root-Word Lesson Plans on any session level 1. Study the roots and
words that are introduced in the story. Don’t begin to solve the
puzzles right away. If you hit the submit button at the bottom, you will
see the answers and sentences using the words. After you study the
examples, go back to fill in the word blanks. Try other activities to
reinforce what you have learned. Don’t challenge yourself with the
harder puzzles at first.
Q17: I am from India. I want to improve my vocabulary. I like lists. What do you have?
A: 380 word lists are separated into school subject areas, into calendar appropriate spots and by themes.
Q18: My teacher assigned To Kill A Mockingbird. I hate reading. Do you have a way to help me?
A: If you scroll to the footer at the bottom of
the home page, you will see a link called Classic Books/Vocabulary (for
135 assigned/recommended readings.) Click on the To Kill A Mockingbird
book and study the vocabulary. There is a fill-in-the-blanks exercise
for the key words. Once you know the meanings of new words, your reading
should be easier.
Q19: What is the best way to make use of your word lists?
A: Teachers tell us they like to encourage
students to vary their vocabulary as they speak and write. Grammar is
an essential component of English. When you choose words, identify its
part of speech.
Q20: My daughter is studying for the SAT’s. She also has summer reading. Where should she begin? I need help.
A: For the SAT’s, I think our SAT/ACT-type
puzzles will be helpful in review of vocabulary. Levels 2 and 3 of
Vocabulary University Root Word Lesson Plans/Sessions should provide
challenges. If she uses the vocabulary from the assigned books that you
can find on our classic/assigned reading pages, her comprehension
Q21: Just curious. How come you folks don’t charge for your stuff? How can you do that?
A: Carey and I have benefited from excellent
educations. Our three sons have also been fortunate to have fine
college experiences. We have created more than 2500 pages and 1000
graphics as our give-back. Few things are more important than a good
education and a good working vocabulary.
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peers, parents and students.
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