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Do you know what PHOTOGRAMMETRY or THERMOPHILE mean?
How about ZOOMETRY or SYMPHILY?
Your children will be able to tell you quite easily what the definitions of these words are after spending time playing Rummy Roots.
This game is teaching my children all about English words through learning their Greek and Latin roots. It is a stress free game that is providing us hours of language learning.
About Rummy Roots
There are four different card games in one deck. Each game (or level) is designed to build upon the next and be stress-free! The game is recommended for ages 8 and up (a perfect age range, in my opinion).
This game is played just like Go-Fish. It helps students (and their parents!) learn the basic word roots. The most familiar roots are used and success is guaranteed after just a few short minutes of playing. A simple roots list is given so the youngest players can be successful. Alphabetizing skills are learned in this level.
This level is played by combining two Greek or Latin words to form an English word. (“Autograph” is one example.) Learning how to use guide words in a dictionary is emphasized in this level. A larger dictionary is included for this part of the game.
This level continues more root combinations, but adds the use of a “Stump” card. Players learn the definitions of two root combinations in this level.
This level resembles more of a traditional “Rummy” game… and players will combine 3 root cards to make words (like “autobiography”) Things get harder and more challenging at this level.
How We are Using Rummy Roots in Our Homeschool
We have just been playing Pre-Roots for the past couple of months. My children have learned the 42 Greek and Latin Roots and their meanings quite well, and are enjoying playing “Go Fish” with the cards. For the age and level we are, this has been perfect.
The Pre-Rummy Roots Word List is very helpful. We can refer to the list to match up roots and their meanings.
I see their learning progressing, though, and soon we will start Level 1.
We play the game purely now for FUN – and a by product of that fun is LEARNING.
Why We Recommend Rummy Roots
My children’s understanding of the structure of words, and also the meaning of words has increased. They are able to dissect a word they don’t know, and get a general idea of its meaning through the roots they are learning.
This is such a valuable skill – one that serves them well in so many subject areas: history, science, language arts, and more.
*You can find out more about ordering directly from the Rummy Roots website. Games are $14.95 each. (I picked mine up at the last homeschool convention we attended!) Another game, More Roots, is also available for continued (and harder) play.
OH — and if you’re wondering:
- Photogrammetry is making surveys or maps with the help of photographs, especially pictures taken from the air.
- Thermophile are micro-organisms, such as bacteria or fungus that need high temperatures in order to grow.
- Zoometry is measuring animal bodies by their size, number and proportions.
- Symphily is a mutual friendship for the good of each other.
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~ Written by Mary of Homegrown Learners
What a great way to keep Latin fresh over the summer!
We use games on afternoons where we don’t have activities to reinforce concepts.
I’m trying to incorporate more games…something for rainy days or days where we depart from our normal schedule so that we don’t lose too much ground.
We don’t add enough games into our day I need to add more!
At our house, Friday is game school day. We play math games and educational board games instead of our regular curriculum. RummyRoots would be a fun addition to our fun Fridays.
As someone new to homeschooling, we are still learning, but my husband and I love board games and are teaching games to our kids either on the weekend or evenings. I have been looking for a way to introduce Latin and this would be an amazing way to do that and fun and educational for all!
This is one we haven’t tried yet. Looks like some great summer learning!
Sam Lehmann says
Not as often as I like. We use them for living math days, but there don’t seem to be many language arts games. Thanks for te find!
There are a few games we play often, but we don’t regularly include them in homeschool, but I’m giving second thoughts to the idea now.
We do not regularly include games in our homeschooling, but we love to play games together as a family.
Brenda @ Homeschool Diaries says
We don’t play games on a regular basis, but have implemented games for learning ‘business’ or cash flow/money. This would be a great way to change things up. Thanks for offering the giveaway.
Games are one of our favorite learning tools! This looks like fun!
These are so great!
Kelly Marriott says
We love to play games and this one looks awesome for reinforcing Latin.
I would love to have more games for this summer. We need to lighten our load while still learning!
I often forget about adding games to our homeschool day. We have some great games to use, but I forget about them. My plan during the summer is to inventory everything I have, list them in my school planner with the appropriate age and subject covered, and plan to use one each week with several for my son to choose from during the times I’m helping his younger sisters.
We regularly use games to introduce concepts and to practice them. I believe children learn so much more through play then any other way.
Lisa s says
This looks fantastic! Love the concept. We would be at the pre level right now too. I’ll b home schooling for our fist time next year and these would be great for my son. Thanks for this review.
We love to play games. We use them for just about every subject and a re-enforcement to learning. The fun part is the time spent together and the fact that she can involve her dad.
We use games everyday.
Sheila C says
We use games for vocabulary building, reading, math and geography. Sometimes I can make one work for science too. Learning is so much easier when kids are having fun!
What a fun way to learn roots! I’m glad to know of this game. Thank you!
We have used games for math, strategy, spelling, and geography!
We use games as teaching and reinforcement tools. My kids are still young and enjoy this. We also use games in our book club and on play dates with other Homeschoolers.
What a great game!
This looks like a neat game! We don’t include nearly enough games in our day. Since I am homeschooling an only child, we have to have games that can be played with only 2 players, at least until my husband gets home. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!
I have tons of logic and brain teaser games we play often just to help with thinking critically. I have a daughter that loves words and would fall head over heals with this game. And my sons would enjoy it, too, I suspect.
We play scrabble- for spelling and for now I allow a dictionary to see about chain words. They know that traditionally you don’t use it.
We also use Mexican train for strategy, matching for the little boys.
We also just found an iPad app called futaba w/ lots of games that are on their, but you can also make your own fact games for the kids. (Ie I have a friend who made a game for practicing & reviewing Latin roots we’ve learned this past year.)
Caroline B. says
We love using games- a fun way to make concepts stick!
I would love to add a game as part of our learning activities during the day. Thanks!
Sorry I did not read the question. We use games to reinforce skills, fill in time in between other activities, afternoons when we just need to have a break from school, to help kids learn to get along and play fair and to just have some fun!
We love using games! We try to turn as many subjects into a game as we can (usually homemade ones). Sometimes my kids (7 and 5) even help come up with game ideas and make them!
I am going to begin homeschooling in August so I am still pulling my resources together. I never considered playing games until now. This sounds like a game I would love (oh yeah, and my daughter too)! lol I love words.
This game is a great idea! I would love to win it for my family. I especially like that it is progressive, building new skills on top of those already learned.
Tracey M. says
We use games for a variety of subjects throughout the day to reinforce learning and to have fun together. It provides a break from the regular schedule or routine. It breaks up passive activities and allows for more active activities. I like to alternate the two during the day. We currently have Language Arts, Math, and Geography board games. We’ll get creative and make our own games for other subjects. We also play games on Friday Game Night. There are so many benefits from playing games. I would love to win this game. I actually didn’t realize there were so many choices. We also use games on the iPad and computer.
Kirsten @ Homeschool Discoveries says
We use a lot of games for math with RightStart and for spelling with Logic of English. This sounds like a really fun game!
We play all sorts of games: logic games, reading games, math games. The Right Start math card games are a favorite.
We just played a money game yesterday with my two younger kids. I had to adjust the rules to make it more at their level, but I think when they are having fun and are more relaxed, they learn more.
Megan Davey says
Sounds awesome! Luck to all
Right now my kids love Uno and Skip-bo, but we don’t really use them for school. I love this idea!
I use games to teach reading, specifically bingo-type games
We don’t add enough games. But when we do it’s usually dice games or spelling games.