English from the Roots Up (ERU) has two volumes; each volume has 100 Latin and Greek root words. Illuminations Year 1 uses ERU volume 1 and Illuminations Year 2 uses ERU volume 2. Each volume is a great resource book on the root words, but does not offer any student workbook pages, activities, or lesson plans. So, for our users, Illuminations includes lesson plans, notebook pages, games, activities, and quizzes!
ERU follows a 2 day schedule. In the yahoo group, you can find photos of posters for keeping track of words learned.
In the first few weeks, they do learn words on both days to get started on the program, but after week 7, the lesson plans generally have new words the first lesson and then games or activities on the second day of the lessons.
Examples of games would be Name that Root Word, Hangman, Bingo or Jeopardy. Examples of mini books would be Numbers, Mini Family Scrapbook or Opposites.
For my family this was a time for some fun! Usually the games took about 10 to 20 minutes to play. We all played together from Kindergarten to High school. I would help the younger ones but they did enjoy getting a root word faster than their older siblings did. Instead of buying the cards with the book, I had my kids write out their own, it helped them to better learn the words.
My family is looking forward to doing ERU volume 1 again in Illuminations year 3, we want to see how many words the older ones still remember and give another chance for the younger ones to learn some more roots.