11+ English exercises for home

September 11, 2015 Felicity S

Here is a list of a few little exercises to follow at home to help with creative writing and building synonyms.

- Keep a diary during the holidays. 

- Ask your child to write shopping lists. 

- When reading with your child, be ready to discuss the meaning of the story or the passage, answering who, where, when, what and why?

- When on holiday, make up quick story plans by just asking: where, when, who, what, how?

- Avoid cliché endings in story telling: 'it was all a dream’, ‘happily ever after’.

- Think of situations and discuss how you would react emotionally to them.

- Find adjectives to go with animals in alphabetical order: an alert aardvark; a boastful bear; a cunning cheetah.

- Take it in turn to find synonyms for common words: little; tiny; small…

- Play the game where you think up one sentence of a story and go round the family and each person adds just one sentence (or one word per person) to build a story.

- Play Boggle!


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