Lone Star Learning offers math, reading and science learning aids for kindergarden through eight grade. Lonestar has been offering their products to schools and is now starting to offer them to homeschoolers. In fact, there is no mention at all on the website about homeschooling, everything is geared to the public school classroom. I also saw no references to private schools of any kind.
The vocabulary cards are to supplement your curriculum. As you can see from the above picture, they are colorful and entertaining. There are a few different sets of cards available, I was sent the Science 1 cards. The cards are coated, so they can be handled by kids without too much scuffing. The Science 1 cards are for grades 3-8.
These vocabulary cards can be used in many different ways. The set comes with an idea sheet to help you. Here are a few of the ways I used them with my 12 year old 6th grade son. We used them as flash cards, first. Going over any that he missed. The set comes with an answer key, however, it would have been much more convenient if the definitions were on the back of the cards.
I hung the simple machine cards on our school room cabinet. That way there were in front of my son all the time, and he would ask questions when he thought of them. At 5.5″ by 8.5″ Lone Star Learning cards are nice and big, making them easy for kids to handle, and to hang on the wall.
Another way we used them was to have my son sort the cards out into categories. For example, here’s the season cards. The cards are bright, colorful and fun, with pictures that depict the definition of the word. However, some of the pictures can make the words hard to read. I, the teacher, had to look to the rest of the word to find out that the fish on the carnivore card was a “c”. While working on the review, I asked my son if there were any cards that he had trouble reading, or if he could read them all with no problem. He said, “Yes, the one with the mice.” The Mammal card below. I asked him if there were any other cards that he had trouble with, and he picked these cards. You might look at these cards and think “I can tell the raindrop and line are a “d” in the word flood.” But it’s the kids who have to be able to read the cards. Like I said, most of the cards can be read easily. These are just a handful that my son had trouble with. Overall, my son had fun using these cards and learned a few new words. The Science vocabulary card set contains 40 cards and sells for $29.99 on their website. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a this set of cards for review purposes. I received no other compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”