I'm new to this forum (and also new to the Bucks 11+ system). My DS is in Year 5 and is due to sit his 11+ this year. His vocab is weak. He loves reading and is currently reading a Harry Potter book (not sure what the vocab is like in this book as I'm not exactly a Harry Potter fan myself). The problem with vocab has been highlighted to me through the fact that he scores very very low on closest meaning, opposite, same meaning and missing 3 letter words questions (the rest are just a case of practice I guess).
I've printed off the list of words (posted up by Patricia in the past - Thanks Patricia), but what I would like to know is how are other parents teaching new vocab to DD and DS? It's got to be a fun way, otherwise I fear I'll put him off and won't hold his interest for very long. Can anyone recommend reading material (for him/me), vocab word playing games....anything
some may say I have a lot of time yet, but note that I work full time and I'm constantly travelling for work, we have some long holidays booked for Easter and summer. I have 2 other children, DD 7 and a DS 1, the kids also seem to have a hectic schedule with constant after school activities/friends and busy weekends so life is pretty hectic in my house and finding time to sit with one child for any period of time without being distracted by another can be quite a challenge! Although, I am still determined to go down the DIY route if it makes sense (although now I am beginning to wonder....)
Any ideas would be gratefully recieved (sorry about my choice of 'Username' I just could'nt think of anything more appropriate as I was scoffing a doughnut!!!).