Hi mystery. My dd loves free rice although we have only really looked at the vocab section. Ds2 used to like the flags and quotes section. The word is repeated again if they get it wrong but then I don't think it would come up again as you move to a higher level. You can start at any level. I think it's only useful if you can do it together and so discuss the words and perhaps think of similar or opposite. Although when you notice the glazing of the eyes it's usually time to stop and put some American rubbish on the tv. The only thing I notice with reading books and discussing vocab is that it makes it all so disjointed and they don't really enjoy the story so much. Dd saw some electronic dictionary bookmark thingies the other day which I might get. Not sure if they might be a one minute wonder though.
Thanks - good points. Yes, I've looked at the electronic dictionary bookmark thingies too but I found that most words I put in didn't come up. I have a very good electronic dictionary which has a pretty massive version of the English dictionary and a thesaurus swallowed up inside it, but it isn't bookmark shaped, is expensive (it was a birthday present from DH in the days when he hadn't run out of good ideas) and the definitions are great for adults but not so for a 10 year old.
So many people say their children gain great vocab from being left with a book and a paper dictionary .... it fails here because:
- they don't look the words up
- if they do it takes them an age to find them in the dictionary
- the words aren't always in a children's dictionary
- if it's an adequate dictionary to contain the words the defintions are too complex
I've considered getting a dictionary for a foreigner learning English as then the definitions would be written with a narrower vocabulary in an electronic version. Have failed so far.