TLDR: What Is Word Study?

Word study is the process of analyzing individual words by breaking them down into their component parts: prefixes, roots (bases), and suffixes. Word study helps students with spelling and vocabulary acquisition by making clear the structure of words and how it relates to meaning.

This post is part of TLDR (“Too long, didn’t read”), a series of very short articles that explain common homeschooling terms.

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Drew Campbell is the author of  Living Memory, I Speak Latin, and Exploring the World through Story, and co-author, with Courtney Ostaff and Jennifer Naughton, of How to Homeschool the Kids You HaveDr. Campbell is a veteran homeschooler and has worked as a classroom teacher, private school administrator, and independent tutor.