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English From The Roots Up

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After having my website hacked and moving to a new server, I am happy to say that the ERU page is now up again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am having to re-upload all my downloads, so I decided to zip each volume up to save me time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Each zip file contains:ย  The schedule, the flashcards, and the tests with answers.

FYI: The rest of the website will be updated slowly starting with my most popular downloads. Thank you for your patience. ๐Ÿ™‚


English from the Roots Up, Volume 1
This year, 2011-2012, the kids will finish up English From The Roots Up. They began it last year, and then I switched to the RC vocabulary and we started to do Prima Latina. Well, we didn't finish the latin and I thought why not just learn latin roots instead of the whole language. So, long story short, I am having them put the RC vocabulary aside and focus on Latin and Greek roots.

I made some notebooking pages last year for them to use, so they will continue with that. They are below and can be used with either volume of English From the Roots Up.

Download - ERU Notebooking Pages

ERU Volume 1 and 2 on Quizlet

Teresa so kindly shared her hard work of inputting these into Quizlet.

Here is her note: Iโ€™d also like to share something with everyone that might help along the way. I set up flash cards online so that my kids could study, play games, and take practice tests. You could find them at http://www.quizlet.com Look up my user name, โ€œwhatagig.โ€ I made sets for all the ERU Volume 1 Latin and Greek roots. Youโ€™ll see that there are 8 sets, 12 roots per set for the first seven and 16 roots for the eighth. Itโ€™s easy to understand once you take a look at it. (I just started Volume 2, so itโ€™s incomplete so far. Iโ€™ll hopefully get it done soon.)

Quizlet is free. You could make an account of your own and then copy my sets onto your own profile. After you acquire the sets, you could place them in folders according to Cynthiaโ€™s test schedule. This makes studying for her tests even easier.

 

English from the Roots Up Free Downloads

Our English From The Roots Up Schedule

The roots are broken down into 35 weeks with the last two weeks being for study and review of all 100 roots.

It also shows when I schedule in tests.

 

English From The Roots Up Flashcards Vol 1 This includes flashcards of the root and definition that can be used in various games. I included some games to get you started. These by no means replace the flashcards put out by English From The Roots Up. We have the cards and we mostly use them for the kids to copy from. These are made mainly for review and game play. Enjoy!

 

English From The Roots Up Vol 1 Tests

We will be taking tests beginning on week 5 and then every 4 weeks after.

I have included the answers for each test for your convenience. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

ย Download - ERU Volume 1 Download - Full

 




English from the Roots Up, Volume 2

We are going to begin English From The Roots Up Volume 2 in the next few months.ย  The kids are doing real well with this program.

Below you will find our schedule, flash cards, and the tests that I am making up for the kids.
Enjoy,

English from the Roots Up Free Downloads

English from the Roots Up Vol 2 Schedule
This is a schedule week by week. Each week has 3 words to be learned. After 4 weeks, a test is given.

The roots are broken down into 35 weeks with the last two weeks being for study and review of all 100 roots.

 

English From the Roots Up Flashcards Volume 2
This includes flashcards of the root and definition that can be used in various games. I included some games to get you started. These by no means replace the flashcards put out by English From The Roots Up. We have the cards and we mostly use them for the kids to copy from. These are made mainly for review and game play. Enjoy!

 

English From The Roots Up Vol 2 Tests
We will be taking tests beginning on week 5 and then every 4 weeks after.

I have included the answers for each test for your convenience. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย Download - ERU Volume 2 Download - Full

 

164 thoughts on “English From The Roots Up

    1. Cynthia Albright

      Hi Leahbelle,
      I am not sure why the link did not work. A window should pop up asking if you want to open the file or save it to your computer. Can you please try again? If it still doesn't work, I will be happy to email you the files. Thanks. Please let me know how it goes.
      Blessings,
      Cynthia

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      1. leahbelle

        Thank you for your reply. I tried again but was not successful. It tries to load but gives me a message that says, "The network connection was lost." I WAS successful in downloading the schedule as well as the games & flashcards vol 1, so I'm not sure why I can't get the tests. I greatly appreciate your help and would be glad to receive the files by email.

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  1. Cathy

    My son aced the first test, but he took a LONG time to complete the second one. He did get all the questions correct (after some answer-changing), and there were about six words he had problems with. Do you have any recommendations on cementing all these in his brain? The games are difficult for us as there are no siblings doing this program.
    Thanks!

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    1. Cynthia Albright

      Hi Cathy,
      I apologize for the delay in answering your question. It was one that I had to think about.

      We played the games together (3 of us), so I never took into account that some might be going through the book alone. I apologize for that oversight.

      Now, to cement. Well, repetition is the best teacher, so continuing to drill on those six would help. Similar to learning the multiplication tables, have two piles, one for the words that he knows right off, and a pile for those he hasn't learned right off.

      Continue with the next weeks words, but have him also work on the six. You can test him out of those words orally or you can have him write out the definition of the root and a derivative or two.

      Every so often, review the pile that he knows right off to keep them fresh in his mind.

      A matching game might be fun. I am not sure if that was included with the games...its been a while since I looked at the file. Print the cards from the website and place face down. Have him match the root and the definition.

      I know drill can be boring and some find it of no use stating that attaching learning to real life is more effective. I agree to an extent. I think times tables and ERU need drill. It isn't like vocabulary where he can write a story with the roots.

      I am not sure if acting out the roots would help. lol! But it is an idea. Maybe a charades type game. You can act out a derivative and he determines the word and then breaks it into roots. Or, you can act out a root if it is one that is possible to act out. State that you are acting out a derivative or root.

      I am sorry I could not be of more help. Also, if he needs another week to study, grant it to him before adding the new set of words. You can change the weeks to sets (set 1, set 2, set 3, etc.)

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Cynthia

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  2. Stephanie

    Thank you SO much for this resource! I have been wanting to get back to English From the Roots Up with my kids but had been dragging my feet. No more excuses! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I have a clear way to proceed. Since my kids are younger I anticipate taking longer so it soaks in, but I plan on using this resource for sure

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    1. Cynthia Albright

      Oh good Stephanie, I am glad to here that these resources will be helpful. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is always a joy to hear and know that my work is appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great homeschooling year!

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  3. Teresa Pierce

    Dear Cynthia,

    Thank you so much for providing this free resource. I have been wanting to add this, but I have been very reluctant to start. With the resources that you have so generously provided, I'm ready to begin. I am deeply grateful! You inspire me.

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  4. Julia Forshee

    I am absolutely thrilled to have found your site. I first found you for your digestive notebooking pages. Then I stumbled upon your English From the Roots Up stuff. The tests are a great resource!! I linked you up on my website, http://www.homeschoolwithpurpose.com. I am slowly compiling wonderful resources I find in hopes of helping others. If you want to check it out, you are here: http://www.homeschoolwithpurpose.com/p/foreign-language.html

    I'll be featuring your notebook pages when I get my digestive post together.

    Thanks again!!

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    1. Cynthia Albright

      Hi Julia! I am super glad you found me. Thanks for the link up! Your website looks great and I know it will be a great asset for the homeschooling community.

      It is always a pleasure! Enjoy!

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  5. Cathy

    Hi Cynthia,
    Today my son took the first test for vol. 1, and he noticed "photometer" on the 2nd page was defined "turning toward light", which is actually the definition of "phototropic".

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  6. Cathy

    My son noticed there are slightly different derivative word definitions based on the root word.
    Examples: root words "graph" and "phone" both have "phonograph" as derivatives but with different definitions.
    Also, these same two root words list "phonogram" as a derivative, but "graph" indicates the origin is "phono", while "phone" indicates the origin is "gramma".
    Can you clarify why there are differences?
    Thanks!

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  7. Cathy

    My son noticed something about these cards (Vol. 1)and has a question regarding the varying definitions.
    For example, on the "graph" card, the word "phonograph" is defined as a machine for writing (or recording) sound.
    But on the "phone" card, "phonograph" is defined as writing with sound.

    Also, on the "graph" card, "phonogram"is said to derive from "phono" - sound - written symbol for a sound.
    But on the "phone" card, "phonogram" is said to derive from "gramma" - letter - written sound.

    Can you clear up the confusion?
    Thanks!

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    1. Cynthia Albright

      Hi Cathy, I will try to clear up the confusion. ๐Ÿ™‚

      My son noticed something about these cards (Vol. 1)and has a question regarding the varying definitions.
      For example, on the "graph" card, the word "phonograph" is defined as a machine for writing (or recording) sound.
      But on the "phone" card, "phonograph" is defined as writing with sound.

      I am thinking that phonograph can be defined both ways. First, taking graph meaning to write or draw and phone meaning sound, you get writing with sound. This would be the combining of two roots to make a word.

      You can then take that knowledge and when Thomas Edison was able to record sound with his machine, they called it the phonograph. Therefore phonograph is also given to a machine for writing (or recording) sound.

      Why it is done this way on the cards and in the book, I can only guess. In the book, the author does talk about the machine on both pages (2 and 11).

      I hope that wasn't too confusing.

      Also, on the "graph" card, "phonogram"is said to derive from "phono" - sound - written symbol for a sound.
      But on the "phone" card, "phonogram" is said to derive from "gramma" - letter - written sound.

      Here, phonogram is derived from both phono and gramma. On the graph card, it is giving you the other part of where the word was derived from (phono) since you have graph (the card in hand).

      The same goes for the phone card. So basically, they are giving you the other derived word not shown on the card.

      Can you clear up the confusion?
      Thanks!

      I hope that helped. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  8. h

    OH, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    For the last 2 years we have been going to add this to our curriculum. I had made the decision it was going to get done this year and I was scrambling trying to figure out what, when, where, how, etc. This makes it much easier for me so we can actually move forward.
    Blessings to you for putting this out here as a FREE resource.
    Thanks again for making it happen.
    h

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  9. Diane

    Thank you so much! You are so kind to share all your hard work. I had decided to add English from the Roots Up to our curriculum at the last moment because our language arts book was not covering it in a systematic way. Like someone else said, I thought I'd see if someone else had some ideas on how to present this subject. How surprised and grateful I was to find your website! Thank you so much and May God Bless You.
    Diane

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  10. Tracie

    Thank you so much for these pages! I sat down this morning to make my own and thought, "Maybe I should see if someone else has done this." Wow! Not only did you do it but you did a much better job than I ever would have. Thanks again for sharing!!

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  11. Cathy

    Well, it didn't take long for me to come up with a question.
    On your lesson plans, you test on Friday of the 5th week for the previous 4 weeks after having worked on the words for the 5th week Mon.-Thurs. Would it not make more sense to test at the end of the 4th week?

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    1. Cynthia Albright

      I guess it would, but my thought was, and maybe I am just a meanie, that the words would be too close into their memory for a test on them. (Weeks 1-3 having been studied at least a couple of weeks already) It might not be true, but I felt that giving another week would settle week 4 into their mind more. Of course, during the fifth week they are going over the words along with the fifth week's words, so I guess they would still be fresh in their memory. Not that I want them to leave their memory, but I wanted them to be there more permanently so that when they took the test, it was from knowing and not just recalling and then forgetting. I hope that made sense. LOL! Now, I am not sure that my 'theory' holds any truth, but they still know quite a few of the roots even after a few years out of book one and about a year out of book two.

      But, you are free to alter the schedule to fit your need.

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  12. Cathy

    Thank you SO much!!! This is my first year of home schooling. I have a 5th grader whose weakest subject is vocab and one in Kindergarten as well. The games might not work with us as the older one would have an unfair advantage, but I'm sure the younger one will pick up at least some of it.
    I'm going to bookmark your site, so you may be hearing from me again with questions once we start!

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  13. Molly

    Wow!

    Thank you and thank you and thank you!!!

    This will be our first year with Latin, something I've been putting off because I was afraid it would be boring. This is going to be a blast!

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  14. Rachel

    Thank you so much! Just what I was looking for; simple, but organized. I appreciate your willingness to share your hard work!

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    1. Cynthia Albright

      Rachel, you are very welcome. Yip, simple and organized, just the way I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is my pleasure to share and possibly save others time that can be spent elsewhere.

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  15. Erica

    This is so helpful... thank you so much!! I bought the book, opened it, & thought, "Great! Uhm, now what do I do w/it?!" LOL THIS page is perfect!! I wasn't sure how to space things out & what to teach when, so this is going to be a huge help! TY again!!

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  16. Benita

    Wow! You have made this so very easy for us all to use. And it's free. I have no excuse now! Thank you seems not enough! May God richly bless you and your family as you home educate.

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