Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Nikky and her daughter Izzy
What they say: Spend just 10 minutes a day learning and master your vocabulary.
Set the clock and off you go! Young learners excel in short bursts, so 10 Minutes a Day Vocabulary from Carol Vorderman is the perfect introduction to vocabulary for younger children.
Games and tests take a short amount of time so you get maximum fun for maximum effect. There are 10 minute activities on synonyms, word meanings and verb endings. Plus the “parents’ notes” section gives the answers, explains common pitfalls and gives guidance on how to avoid them.
10 Minutes a day workbooks are the perfect at home reinforcement for subjects learned in school. So, set the funky orange timer to test your child in fun ‘beat the clock’ exercises – and let 10 Minutes a Day Vocabulary with Carol Vorderman show your child how much fun vocabulary can be.
What we say: It’s a great idea to have a practice workbook that gives a guide on how long to spend on each section. 10 minutes seems to be the right amount of time for the pages that we did. It is pitched at 7-11 years of age but we found that some of the exercises were quite simple for my 8 year old and then others such as the crosswords were a bit trickier. I’m not sure whether children at the upper end of age range would find it much of a challenge. As we haven’t done the whole book, I’m assuming the exercises get harder. I think it would be good if the pages indicated which age they are recommended for…..how much should a child starting year 4 be able to do??
These are Izzy’s comments:
“I really like the book with the timer included.”
“10 minutes is a nice amount of time, so I don’t get too bored.”
“I like the way the pages have lots of different challenges on them.”
When I asked her if she would like to do some more she said “yes, it was fun and I want to see if I can get all the answers before the time runs out!”
Update: We did another page last night and Izzy was getting very competitive to complete it in the time….she actually asked to do it rather than me telling her that we should! ! On to a winner here!
10 Minutes A Day Vocabulary is available form DK – visit www.dk.com