Currently preparing my 10 yr old nephew who is the 1st member in our family to attempt the 11+ plus examinations.
He is an able child performing very well in school in all subjects and recommened by his teacher for the 11+ exams.
I have covered Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning to a good extent. However I need advice on preparing him for the English aspect. In particular what material +books + allied past papers should I be covering with him for English.
Further I have been informed that Non verbal reasoning is not touched upon in the exams anymore. Is this the case?
Which schools are you applying to mh? Not all 11+ exams are the same.
Full credit for taking this task on, I hope your relationship with your nephew survives!
You could even be having fun?
How much time do you have to dedicate to this, by the way?
Verbal reasoning/English comprehension was where my son felt most comfortable, by a long way, so I won't be a lot of help in that area. Past posts in this forum might be.
Does your Nephew naturally read a lot? My son does but I still find it easy to be fooled into believing he 'must' be learning something when, in fact, the words are just passing in front of his eyes.
I think that reading alone is often overstressed and not something that interests all boys. For me the interaction of simply talking is the best way to improve vocabulary and other verbal skills. Of course, you'll need something interesting to talk about and someone with a wide enough vocabulary to stretch him. I really like the Newsround idea others have suggested. You can get a quick look (and do some preparation :-) here;
My son was never willing to dash off to the dictionary with a word he didn't understand but then, neither am I. Perhaps a little 'leading by example' would have helped there?
I'd always meant to look at the calculator-like electronic dictionaries. I'd be interested if anyone has tried those as a learning aid.
I found it very useful to talk to my sons teachers and, thinking about it, my son too. They pointed out a few narrow, but quite deep, gaps in his skills. Once things got that targeted I could easily make up suitable puzzles and questions.
The KEVI schools make more effort than most to lessen the effects of exam 'preparation'. I can't really say how successful they are in that, but you have to make a judgement about how much 'preparation' has value. I do believe that confidence and a positive attitude towards the test are more important than endlessly pouring (or should that be poring? Mmmm...) over text books and tests. With my son I quite frequently found that although knowledge was gained it was being paid for in confidence – and sometimes that price wasn't worth paying.
Best of luck.
Do stick around.
It's nice to see someone coming into the fresh admissions round.
Hope I can be of some help in the future