Comprehensive vs Expressive vocabulary

Each individual has comprehensive vocabulary and an expressive vocabulary. Comprehensive vocabulary is the one with most words but not used a lot and expressive vocabulary is the most used words but a smaller set of the words.

Learning the right words

The key to building a strong vocabulary is to learn the right words at the right time. By learning the words that your child will actually encounter during their primary/secondary years.

What's included?

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Unlimited worksheets

Unlimited worksheets and questions, available for years 3, 4, 5, and 6. Use the app as many times as you can in a day

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Contextual Learning activity

Activities like games, quizzes, anagrams, and videos are incorporated within the system to fill the mind gaps and achieve more in-depth learning.

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Revision and Flash Cards

Flashcards help the child build connections within words and not just memorize but also understand and learn its meaning. It counteracts the mind's natural preference to learn through links.

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Performance tracking

Every parent can check their child's solved worksheet through the child's dashboard. Kidsmart enables the retry worksheet feature to encourage children to practice more and attain maximum score.

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Gamified Learning

Researches have shown that games trigger dopamine release, which is a feel-good hormone; this motivates the child to play and practice more.

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Personalized Learning

Learning goals are different for different year students. KidSmart makes it easier by allowing you to choose your learning according to which year your child is in.

Why work on improving vocabulary?

Vocabulary is an indispensable tool to make your writing more powerful, creative and effective. Using the right words and avoiding vague words will help you say exactly what you mean. For the 11 plus exam, it is vital to get the 11 plus vocabulary expanded to include words from various topics, moods, settings, emotions etc. Having a good range of words and their synonyms in your repertoire to pull out to showcase your writing skills.

Writing Example

"I got tired after running up the hill."

Better expressed,
"I was gasping for breath after the strides up the hill scuttling my way up."

Vocabulary building is much more than learning the meaning of a word

Ways to stimulating your brain to expand your expressive vocabulary

  • Knowing the root word, prefixes, suffixes and infixes can take you a long way with vocabulary building.
  • Developing practical vocabulary by learning words that you can use in your day to day activity instead of focusing on cliches and jargon.
  • Diversifying reading list to a range of topics you read to include natural science, contemporary literature, politics,
  • history, philosophy or any other topics.
  • New words take time to settle in the memory - it takes you around 20 usages before a word settles in your mind.
  • Move words from comprehensive vocabulary to expressive vocabulary
  • Always have a dictionary handy as you may need to lookup a new word you are not familiar with.
  • Hunt down vague words and replace them with better alternatives (i.e. synonyms).
  • Play word games
  • Test yourself for new words
  • Read, read, read.
  • Write, edit, edit.

11 Plus Vocabulary Flashcards

Included in the module are flashcards for some key words, roots, prefixes and suffixes.


adjective

gregarious


Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable


Examples
1. Dolphins are gregarious, and large herds often follow ships.
2. Parrots are gregarious and usually feed and roost in companies, but are at least temporarily monogamous.

Synonyms

sociable, social, company-loving, companionable, convivial, clubbable. outgoing, friendly

Antonyms

unfriendly, cold, cool, introverted, unhospitable, unsociable

adjective

apprehensive


anxious or fearful about something


Examples
1. I was very apprehensive about going back to work.
2. She looked at him nervous and apprehensive all at once.

Synonyms

anxious, alarmed, worried, uneasy, nervous, concerned, agitated, restless, edgy, on edge, fidgety, tense, strained

Antonyms

confident



Greek & Latin root words

aquarium = aqua + rium


A tank or bowl for aquatic animals or plants

Root word: aqua; means water

aquatic - that lives in water
aquanaut - a diver trained to work under water
aquaphobic - afraid of water
aquarist - person who manages aquariums

Etymology
Mid 19th century, coined from Latin, word Aquarius and English word Vivarium
Aquarius: "Aqua" is a Latin word taken from Aquarius, which means "water-carrier" or "cup-carrier".
Vivarium: "Arium" is an English word taken from Vivarium, which means an enclosure or container prepared to provide animals with semi-natural conditions.

prefix & suffix

un-


not or reversal of something


uncover- discover (something previously secret or unknown)
unsatisactory- not satisfactory; not good enough
unusual- not habitually or commonly occurring or done
unseen- not seen before
unpick- undo the sewing of

The prefix of negation - meaning "not," freely used as an English formative, giving negative or opposite force. Example - unfair; unseen; unheard-of, unrest; unemployment.
The prefix of reversal (release, deprivation, or removal), which is freely used in English to form verbs expressing some action or intensify a verb's force already having such a meaning. Example - unloose; unbend; uncork; unfasten; unhand, undo, unbutton, etc.

What Mums Are Saying?


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The app seems expensive but is much cheaper than alternative options. Generally tutors range anywhere from £25-45 an hour in the UK.

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We have been really impressed by the KidSmart app overall. It is one of the only learning apps that we have come across that is based strongly in knowledge rather than having the game as the main draw and it's exactly what we need as the children move up through Primary School.
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Jenny, Mum

The app seems expensive but is much cheaper than alternative options. Generally tutors range anywhere from £25-45 an hour in the UK.

Research-based learning methodology

Chunking method for memorization

Memorizing information in "chunks" makes it much easier to remember words faster than just cranking out the definition in rote memory fashion. KidSmart uses flashcards to counteract the mind's natural preference to learn through using connections, thus focus on the meaning of a word.

Mind map

Mind mapping is a technique that is used to organize information visually. It uses links between words and often created around a single concept. KidSmart uses various activities and includes words with their Synonyms and antonyms to help kids create mind maps

Mnemonics

A mnemonic is a tool that helps us remember words that are hard to remember. They can come in the form of a song, rhyme, acronym, image, phrase, or sentence. With timely videos, photos, sentences, and fun facts, KidSmart helps your child to understand and retain such words quickly.


Balanced combination of Multiple tools

Everyone learns differently to comprehend what tool or technique works best for your child. kidSmart incorporates a variety of activities and procedures to deliver useful and more in-depth learning to your child.

Interleaved worksheets

Interleaved worksheets is a practice technique where related topics are mixed such that the consecutive problems require different approaches. It enhances the ability to find and then applies the right path to a problem. KidSmart worksheets are interleaved where every other question requires a different approach.

Spaced practice learning

Lack of practice often results in a child forgetting meaning at the last moment. Spacing the learning over multiple days enforces understanding and results in better retention without needing to memorize. Repeat learning every 3-4 days.

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