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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:58 pm 
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Hello

Could anyone please recommend any good books with a good vocabulary range for my DD. She will sit the 11+ test in September 2011 so we've got plenty of time for the exam preparation. I think reading is a good way to learn a wild range of new vocab.

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Anna


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:40 am 
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Oxford English Dictionary!!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:20 am 
I think she just needs to read as widely as possible but more importantly to note down any wods that she doesnt understand or hasnt come across before to dscuss with you later.

My DS was whizzing through books & I was getting very impressed with his improvement until I had him read aloud to me. He was totally mispronouncing words & when I asked him if he knew what particular words meant , he didnt. He just skipped over them as long as he understood the overall story. We gave him a small notebook & pencil but I still dont think he marks down words. I read ahead small sections in his book of the time & tell him some meanings myself now - lazy boy!!

Also newspaper/magazine articles can use different vocab to usual & are shorter so could be read together & discussed. We got into a habit of pointing out every compound word we ever came across & DS2 who is 7 became the family expert!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:36 am 
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I bought some of those post it note type arrows (available from most stationers/post office) and stick them by the side of my DC's beds so that if they come across an unfamiliar word when they are reading they can flag it up but don't interrupt the story. They then ask me in the morning or whenever and then have to try to use the word as many times as possible over the next few days. I also make sure my other children hear it and know what it means and they also have to try to use it.

HTH!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:02 am 
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The 'A series of unfortunate events' by Lemony Snicket are great for vocabulary - they introduce lots of unusual words and also give the meaning.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:46 am 
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I would suggest taking your DD to Waterstones and getting some recommendations from the staff there who I have always found to be tremendously helpful. I wouldn't pick anyting that is overly challenging as that will just put her off but rather, gently get her into the habit of looking up new words and writing them into a vocab book.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:09 pm 
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Thank you very much of all the advices. Much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:07 pm 
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audio books are good too = my dd picked up lots of new vocab from the harry potter series of audio books, she would listen to them before bed and work out the meaning to words herself by listening to the context, or jot down a difficult word and look it up with me the next day :)


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