Welcome!

News Feed Item

One Day After U.S. Education Department Showed Lower Vocabulary Scores for Students, a Michigan Physician and Daughter Launch New Video App, Book and DVD to Significantly Bolster Vocabulary

Program Touts Learning 100,000 New Vocabulary Words in 21 Days

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI -- (Marketwire) -- 12/07/12 -- On the heels of yesterday's U.S. Education Department's report showing a continued erosion in vocabulary skills, a father-daughter team from Michigan launched today a video app for smart phones called Vocab Tunes, and a 143-page manual in hardcover and e-book and a DVD called Vocab Tunes Root Words.

Michigan physician Sita R. Kaura, M.D., and his daughter, Manisha Shelly Kaura, currently a pre-med student at Xavier University in Cincinnati, have developed what they call the equivalent of multiplication tables to make it easier for children and adults to read, understand and remember thousands of new words.

"As the U.S. Education Department's report showed, following the old beaten path just isn't working. We need fresh approaches. The way young children are taught to read by parents and teachers in our schools learning only phonics and memorization of sounds and letters doesn't equip a child beyond 1st grade," said Dr. Kaura, who lives in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. "The average high-school graduate has a vocabulary of about 40,000 words. Our approach can teach someone 100,000 new words in 21 days when using phonics and memorization in combination with understanding root words and prefixes."

The Kaura's first introduced the concept in 2010 with their book Rockin Root Words 1 & 2 (© 2010, Prufrock Press, www.prufrock.com). Now, they have created the program made fun for children with 21 short musical videos. The manual and DVD, like the app, are intended to make it easy to teach and learn root words and prefixes that can provide someone a near "endless understanding of any word in any subject matter." The songs are available at the iTunes' App Store for 99 cents apiece or $9.99 for all 21 songs; the e-book manual for $9.99; the hardcover book for $19.99 and the DVD for $29.95. The hardcover book and DVD can be purchased together at a special price of $39.95 and are available at www.Amazon.com.

An overview video about the Vocab Tunes method is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSr1LcuEI40.

An excerpt from the e-book reads, "Vocabulary knowledge not only contributes to reading comprehension, but also is linked to academic success (National Reading Panel, 2000). However, vocabulary growth is inadequately addressed in current educational curricula, especially between preschool and the end of second grade, when it is most important (Biemiller, 2000). By the time a child reaches the end of second grade, he or she has learned 4,000 to 8,000 words, adding 1,000 words per year in the years following (Biemiller, 2005). These numbers are staggering when you consider a gap of 2,000 words equals approximately two grade levels."

According to the Kaura's book, three compelling reasons exist for the Vocab Tunes program:

1. "Root words are everywhere in the English language. Greek and Latin word parts make up more than 60 percent of English words, 70 to 90 percent of science terminology, 71 percent of social studies terminology, and a vast majority of mathematical terms (Farsupt and Samuels, 2008; Green, 1990). Learning Greek and Latin roots provide students advantages such as comfort with long words, advanced awareness and spelling improvement in science and technical language (Thompson, 2002). Through studying root words, children understand the internal structure of words and discover connections with word families."

2. "The human brain works as a 'pattern detector.' Longer words contain meaningful patterns like dent, dentist, denture, and dentine. These root words provide consistent patterns with consistent meanings and spellings. While phonic programs have been very successful in teaching one-syllable words to young children like -ook, nook, cook and look or -ake is used to make bake, cake, lake, and take, the patterns do nothing to provide any meaning to the word."

3. "Psycholinguistic research has shown there are different ways in which we can input vocabulary into the human brain (Yamazaki, 2007). Suppose you learn the words by memorizing one word at a time. The words will be stored separately in the brain, as demonstrated in the balloons in the air illustrations. Or we can input and store words in the brain by linking them through meaning. Thus, if the reader notes that root -dent (tooth) is a root word for dentist (doctor), dentine (covering for the teeth), and denture (artificial teeth), these words will be stored under the common root and other words related to this root word can be added (Yamazaki, 2007). Mental organization occurs when root words are learned along with the meaning of parts (Corson, 1995, 1997). Therefore, learning vocabulary using root words, which organizes the words through themes and concepts makes comprehension much easier."

Dr. Kaura said, "We really do believe this method for improving reading and vocabulary is as revolutionary as times tables helped dramatically improve arithmetic skills. We hope parents and teachers will check out Vocab Tunes and how it can help significantly improve the academic success of their children and students."

Embedded Video Available

Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2175830
Embedded Video Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2175812

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software in the hope of capturing value in IoT. Although IoT is relatively new in the market, it has already gone through many promotional terms such as IoE, IoX, SDX, Edge/Fog, Mist Compute, etc. Ultimately, irrespective of the name, it is about deriving value from independent software assets participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution.
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across supply chain networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost and time for product recall as well as advance trade. Are you curious about Blockchain and how it can provide you with new opportunities for innovation and growth? In her session at 20th Cloud Exp...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
As pervasive as cloud technology is -- and as persuasive as the arguments are for using it -- the cloud has its limits. Some companies will always have security concerns about storing data in the cloud and certain high-transaction applications will always be better suited for on-premises storage. Those statements were among the bottom-line takeaways delivered at Cloud Expo this week, a three day, bi-annual event focused on cloud technologies, adoption and associated challenges.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi, the leading provider the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help globa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists will examine how DevOps helps to meet th...