Comments on: Popular Home and Classroom Learning Games for Beginning Readers http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2012/12/07/early-literacy-learning-the-alphabet/learning-games-for-beginning-readers/ Raising Children Who Love to Read Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:51:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.7 By: Carolyn Hart http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2012/12/07/early-literacy-learning-the-alphabet/learning-games-for-beginning-readers/#comment-9555 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 03:55:06 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=14619#comment-9555 I completely agree. One of the children in my Beginning to Read program occupied herself with Boggle Junior last week. She was “pleased as punch” each time she managed to spell a word. I think it is important for parents and teachers to understand that games like these encourage children to be curious about written language and to challenge themselves. Children who play with Boggle Junior are often the ones who (later) choose to try a crossword puzzle or wordsearch. They understand the pleasure in challenging oneself and succeeding.

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By: Jody http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2012/12/07/early-literacy-learning-the-alphabet/learning-games-for-beginning-readers/#comment-9521 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 18:11:10 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=14619#comment-9521 Carolyn, word and letter games are one of the best ways to get kids decoding, both at the primary and intermediate grades. I found a “Boggle Board” on Pinterest that you make out of poster board. When the kids come in on Monday morning, they make as many words as they can with the board. This way it’s independent and gets them settled. You can do so much from there; have them buddy up and add points like you would in traditional Boggle, have them search for specific vowel sounds, blends, or patterns, have them look for multisyllabic words. A lot of people say, “When I went to school, we just did our work and learned. Our teachers didn’t play games or try to entertain us.” The problem with this, I think, is that these kids are growing up in a faster paced, technological age. Their attention wavers if not captured. Word games are a great way to excite, engage, and (shhh….don’t tell them) LEARN!

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