All in a Word - Online Vocabulary Program RLE1

All in a Word - Online Vocabulary Program

Brain Highways

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The five-week All in a Word program introduces fun and engaging vocabulary lessons via multimedia materials (handouts, audios, and videos). Learn over 300 impressive words—without ever opening a dictionary or thesaurus—in this unique online vocabulary program for ages 5 and up!

Why you need this

Social media, and the digital revolution in general, encourage people to use as few words as possible. So it’s probably no surprise that today’s children have a significantly smaller vocabulary than children fifty years ago. That might explain why so many of today’s children find it challenging to comprehend specific literary works.

A limited vocabulary also means your children are going to have fewer choices when searching for that perfect word while writing and editing. After all, how can you expect your children to write quality sentences and paragraphs if they don’t already have a rich vocabulary in place?

All in a Word is unique

All in a Word has no traditional vocabulary lessons or worksheets. Instead, your children participate in hands-on, zany, one-of-a-kind activities that are not only a blast, but also make it easy for the brain to learn and remember rich vocabulary. All in a Word reflects how the brain functions and learns in the most expedient, joyful way. That means lessons catch the brain’s attention, rather than expecting your children to pay attention.

Your children will be up and moving. They’ll experience what it’s like to be taught to their sweet spot, as the lessons specifically reflect the most current research about how the brain learns. This makes learning easy.

And, yes, All in a Word focuses primarily on vocabulary. But All in a Word's way of teaching can be applied to other subjects. So, in that sense, All in a Word is also a tutorial that demonstrates how to teach with the “brain in mind” … so that learning is always joyful.

Why it works for every child

When programs are created with the brain in mind, they automatically appeal to both children and adults. That’s because what the brain needs to learn with ease and joy—or to process and retain information—is the same, no matter whether we’re five, fifteen, or fifty-five.

For example, all brains love to be playful—especially while learning. And no matter our age, we all need to be in our cortex to learn. So since being goofy and creative and imaginative only happens in the cortex, everyone’s opportunity to learn is greatly enhanced when lessons have such components. It also goes without saying that everyone needs to move, so, again, all ages benefit when lessons include meaningful movement.

While All in a Word was created for everyone, children who struggle with writing (and school, in general) happily discover that All in a Word is different from most other lessons.

  • Children with ADHD love how All in a Word lessons include lots of movement and make it easy to stay focused.
  • Children who often shut down when faced with difficult challenges appreciate how All in a Word lessons don’t trigger flight or freeze responses.
  • Children who tend to be more creative than literal learners welcome the program’s many opportunities to share their imagination.
  • Children with sensory processing problems are grateful that information is shared through many sensory channels—which then increases their probability of remembering what they learn.

Come experience what it’s like to learn in a new and different way.

Just the facts

A new All in a Word course always begins on the first Saturday of each month. Participants receive their course materials on the first day of the course they enrolled in, and then have access to their multimedia link for the next five weeks. Course materials are good for an entire family—in fact, the program was designed for the whole family to enjoy together! The All in a Word course offers 12 videos, 35 audio clips, and 147 activity and resource pages. These are scheduled in 25 lessons—five per week for the five weeks of the course.

Your choice, as always, about what to do, when. You may enjoy the lessons during the school day, or perhaps enjoy All in a Word as a family fun enrichment program in the evenings and weekends.

But whether you do this as Circle Time or Friday School or part of your boredom busters in the winter months, all activity and resource pages can be downloaded and saved so that families can continue to access those pages after the course is over. You’ll find easy, step-by-step lesson directions that outline when to listen to an audio, watch a video, review a resource or activity sheet, and implement a hands-on activity. You can facilitate All in a Word as easily as following step-by-step directions and clicking on multimedia links.

Each lesson has two parts. You’ll first spend an average of 5-10 minutes listening to an audio, reviewing a handout, or gathering a few easy-to-find materials to prepare for an upcoming lesson. (This preparation can be done at any time—not just right before presenting the lesson).

Your children participate in the second part of each lesson, which lasts usually 10-20 minutes. During this part, your children spend time listening to an audio, or watching a video, or engaging in a hands-on activity that reinforces whatever concept has been presented.

Since the program’s activities are fun and engaging, children don’t usually view All in a Word lessons as “more schoolwork.” Instead, families view these lessons as opportunities for “family fun”—where they just have a blast with each other.

As teacher, you just facilitate what’s provided—and then, everyone automatically has a great time. It’s truly that simple. The enrollment period for each upcoming class always begins one month prior to that class’s start date.

Enroll now for the first class after the holidays, starting January 6. Something to look forward to during the post-holiday doldrums!

See sample lessons and activity sheets

Children present words to the King and Queen of Words, who then decree each word must first be made comprehensible before being accepted in the royal Kingdom of Words. So children participate in entertaining enactments to make the meaning of each word crystal clear. That Kingdom of Words is then used in many other activities, such as when kids are challenged to solve royal word mysteries and crimes. And there’s even a lively royal word banquet where the guests and food are all royal words! And there’s more. In All in a Word, children discover that some words—many of which they’ve likely been using in their own work—have died—yes, died from chronic overuse. Oh, my!

However, the brain doesn’t really find it helpful just to know the names of those dead words. If the brain is going to willingly give up that prior dependency, then it also needs to become acquainted with amazing replacements. And so that’s why children spend a lot of time meeting those dead words’ surviving relatives—those incredible words that, unfortunately, are so often ignored by many people. Children are even invited to mystery dead word burial services—where they’re challenged to decide which word is being buried—just by observing which surviving relatives showed up.

Now writers, of course, also rely on words that awaken their readers’ senses. So, what better way to learn those words than to go shopping at the All in a Word Sensory Word Mall? Once there, children visit the different stores so that they can now actually experience a myriad of words that trigger their senses.

It’s also helpful for writers to know the difference between strong and weak words. In fact, four words are so cheap that just replacing those words in work already greatly improves writing. Truly.

And so, just as with the rest of All in a Word lessons, children are moving and using different senses to help their brain easily process this information, as well.

Even the way children edit in All in a Word is different from how they’ve done so in the past. That’s because the Kidwriter Detective Editing approach is not only fun—but it also just so happens to be exactly how the brain loves to make revisions.

Preview the program here:

All in a Word make it easy for parents and kids to participate in a program that’s already in sync with how the brain learns naturally—which then makes it possible for everyone to experience, first-hand, joyful learning.

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