Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We Play

May9_SpellingGame1I “invented” a new game for Anna on Sunday. I was always wondering if she actually knows the spelling of the words that she reads so easily. So here is a setup of the game:
- a purse with small toys that represents easy to spell words. We had a car, a baby, a frog, an egg, a cup, a ball, etc.
- letters (we used plastic magnetic letters).
- something to keep score (we used buttons).
May9_SpellingGame2
The objective of the game is to pull randomly an item from the purse and then spell its word. One point is awarded for every correct letter, and one extra point is awarded if the whole word is spelled correctly. So there is also a little bit of math component in the game - counting the points and keeping total score.
Anna really enjoyed the game, especially since this first time I only got the points for the letters I corrected, so she won and got a special prize – a new small toy. Interestingly, she can easily do spelling challenges in my iPod TeachMe: Kindergarten game, but writing the whole words “from scratch” are not the same as inserting one missing letter from a small set of choices. She made more mistakes than I thought she would, but I think it introduced her to importance of spelling in a very fun and enjoyable way.
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18 comments:

Christy said...

This is a great idea! I have noticed that Collin can read a lot of words that he can't spell - it's so amazing how the brain works!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We're always looking for spelling games, and this one looks fun. We'll give it a try!

Annette W. said...

I am always amazed at what you come up with for Anna! Awesome game! But, yes, it sounds like she's always going to win! :)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a great game idea! Spelling can be more difficult than reading, and this is a great way to reinforce the connection with sight words. :-)

Ticia said...

After teaching I've come to the conclusion that many people are naturally born being able to spell, or they aren't. It looks like Anna's going to fall in the can spell category.

Diana said...

Any time you can turn spelling and phonics practice into a game is wonderful. I like that you added the math component to your game. I will have to try this with Mr. One, who might like it too.

Debbie said...

This is a neat idea! This is what I like about Boggle Jr, is the fact that it makes Selena spell out the words. I bet Anna would enjoy Boggle Jr.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Kiddo would probably like this. He loves spelling. I remember my mom always telling me to "look in the dictionary" when I asked how to spell a word. She never spelled things for me. I think that is probably why I am a relatively good speller. (Not to brag or anything... ;))

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

What a creative game! Definitely a great way to learn and have fun spelling at the same time. You should market this idea, lol! It would be a fun way to do assessments too, wouldn't it?

littlewondersdays said...

Great game. Little J's Montessori school does something similar for beginner spellers. They are given objects and they use letters to spell the way they think they sound. Once they finish they are given a card with the correct spellings and they can correct their own work. She is doing a great job, very impressive!

Jenny said...

What a fun idea!

Alissa said...

It wont happen over night... but it will happen.

Pathfinder Mom said...

This looks like a lot of fun. I may need to bring our tub letters out of the tub to give this a try.

Michelle said...

What a great idea, I will have to remember this as Emily is really showing interest in words now that she knows her letters!

The Activity Mom said...

Very creative! Love it!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I love that you designed a game as a way to make the learning fun and playful.

The girl who painted trees said...

This is a great game. In Montessori schools they actually start with spelling and then the child usually transitions to reading themselves. The theory is that it is easier to break apart a word then blend it together. I can attest to that with Bear - she definitely spells cvc words with more ease than she reads them.

ABC and 123: A Learning Cooperative said...

Spelling was my worst subject and anyway to make learning fun is wonderful. I like how you made this hands-on!