I think learning some Latin roots is important for vocabulary building and other reasons. So, instead of trying to convince you that's it is good, I'm thinking of looking at ways to help your day and week over all. I think of the root words as part of the 'required" stuff since it is 3 R's. things from deluxe, I tend to treat as optional.peavey wrote:Can anyone convince me of the need for learning the Latin roots in English in the Roots Up? I thought I'd come to this board to allow anyone to tell me why we need it. We did the Greek last year, and did enjoy it. However, having 2 a week PLUS everything else is just a bit too much. I just CANNOT fit everything from MFW in.
We already do not do any of the music, art, and for the time I am dropping Spanish. I dropped Math Drill for my eldest (6th) as well. I truly appreciate the wisdom I always receive from the people on this board!
It is ok to do just one per week for a while if needed.
It is ok to trim down the assignment if needed:
for example: what if you just made the cards with root word and definition and wrote some examples of words. And maybe on the next day did one good sentence with one good definition?
That sort of thing can be done as "independent" work by the students while you work with one kid on language arts or math. Even my very average 5th grader only seems to take 5 minutes on those cards.
Some people also make the cards ahead of time for several weeks via word processing or just getting the cards ready and having one set per family or something. I'd look for ways to trim it back but not do away with it.
The other question that pops in my mind is: how much time is spent on math and language arts with what you are using? I know my days have gone well with using the products that MFW recommends for that. I know I've dropped art from time to time. The music we do in the van while driving around (but not this year so far..... strange...)
I do think it is important to do some vocabulary building, so maybe finding some ways to tweak your schedule or something might be helpful? just one opinion.