He does quite well when we quizz him about the bits of book he has read alone, yes we do ask him comprehension questions, but he seems not to absorb any of the new vocab. Perhaps he is subliminally? It is hard to keep quiet when they are reading, you know they don't know the word, but they barrel along regardless. I know I sound like a really boring haridan when I utter the words "what does..........mean" and I can almost see the hairs on his neck stand up, as I "make him lose his place".
The kindle highlighter is fab, and ds2 loves it, but I cannot get ds3 to use it. Grrrr! Also, most annoyingly, Pullman's books for younger kids have not been made into e books yet.
I will try making a quiet list of words and use them in the comprehension questions at the end.
I can see that would be more open for a bit of bribery too.