A cautionary note about spelling, vocabulary words, and dictionary drills; do all of these in moderation. You can snuff out that love of learning by overdoing these. That's what the government schools do and we don't want to be like them. Smile
Spelling is important, but don't do it every day. You know your children best, but once a week may be enough for them.
The vocabulary words are just that. They shouldn't have to look these up because Dorian has already given a short description. You can handle this as you wish, but these lists aren't intended for memorization and testing. They are there so that you will know what the word is when you read it in context of the book.
I know that this is a departure from "the norm." But, learning should be an adventure, not a drudgery. Have fun and enjoy learning together. (You all have my express permission not to do spelling every day!!)