Know what you mean by sitting at the computer for long, lengths of time....I tend to be working on the laptop for my work/tutoring....and have this forum open in a separate window....just keep popping back!
The vocabulary list does not contain the actual words that crop up in the real tests [ only NFER know that] its just an extensive list of words that children find difficult to understand when seen out of context.
The children need to recognize words when they stand alone with no clues to the meaning....this can be achieved by reading out loud, discussing unknown words, using the flashcard system, we as parents using more vocabulary in our everyday talk and encouraging our children to use these words in the class.
I have always encouraged the use of a dictionary and thesaurus. Just recently, one of my children asked me to read a short 6 page story......by the second page I gave up...exclaiming that I didn't understand a bleep word.....they took GREAT PLEASURE in informing me that the dictionary was on the BOOKSHELF !!!@@%£*&...