Thursday, June 10, 2010

Word Wizard

Just before we went on vacation, we discovered a new author that we both liked – Cathryn Falwell. I reviewed another of her book, David’s Drawings in my What My Child Is Reading post. I liked Word Wizard, because it’s a good introduction to anagrams and scrambled words. Anna enjoyed the fact that the main character has her name and is very capable. She is a Word Wizard who helps little lost boy get home. The illustrations are very engaging too.

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To extend the story, we played a game. A few days before I got new alphabet stickers in Target, and I put together a sheet with various farm animals. I put sticker letters for the names of the animals into Easter eggs and sent Anna on a word hunt. She really enjoyed finding eggs, finding letters and trying to figure out the words out of the letters. As I expected, she could put together June10_Spelling1 3 letter words after some experimentation, but longer words were beyond her. When I repeat the game, I will probably simplify it by following Montessori 3-part pattern and will also use fewer words, so she doesn’t run out of steam before the end. Anna was very amused to see that dog can also be rearranged to spell God – here comes her very first anagram :)

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20 comments:

Ticia said...

So, one of my favorite irreverent jokes has always been, "What does a dyslexic agnostic stay up worrying about?" "Is there a dog?"

Yes, thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week, or until you kick me out.

I love anagrams, they're so much fun.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like your Easter egg/word hunt. We took a look at progressive phonics (I've always used the Learn to Read in 100 Lessons), and I think it really could promote sight reading over phonics - I would think that's why Anna has trouble unscrambling the longer words - except that her age, and developmental state probably has more to do with it. Anyway, it will be interesting to see, as she gets a little older.

Debbie said...

What fun! This is a reason I like Boggle Jr. Selena is able to unscramble the dice with much ease to make the words three or four letter words. Even with that though like Anna she will only do a few words before running out of steam, that has a lot to do with the age.

Playing by the book said...

I love the sound of word wizard - it's not a book I've heard of before, but I shall be on the look out now :-)

Joyful Learner said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I'm going to look that book up at the library!

MaryAnne said...

I bet Emma would enjoy that book, although we'll have to see if she understands reading well enough to "get" it.

It's clear that Anna is having a wonderful time in that photo =)

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Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

What a great literacy game! My eldest practically came out of the womb reading, but I can't wait to do these sorts of activities with my youngest.

MommyWise said...

Hi. Thank you for visiting my blog. Aidan actually was born Oct. 06 as well. So our girls are the same age. I had previously looked at progressive phonics but had only just looked... so I'll check it out again. How lucky Anna can go to K when 5... we're in Georgia and they do not allow early enrollment.

Christy said...

Ticia cracks me up!!!!!!!

This is a great idea. I'll definitely look for this book. We borrowed David's Drawings from the library and I gave it to Collin's K teacher to use in class.

I like Cathryn Falwell too.

littlewondersdays said...

That looks like a fun book!

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter noticed one word yesterday in a book that she could scramble. PAT/TAP. She found the words very amusing to say rapidly together. Sounds like the Word Wizard would be perfect for her.

Debbie said...

I have an award for you at my blog!

sbswtp said...

What a great project!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I am so impressed. She did an awesome job.

Elise said...

I really enjoy your book recommendations. I am adding this to our wish list.

What a good idea to make a treasure hunt to find letters to make words. How fun to experiment with anagrams.

Adriana said...

I love this idea! Diego is learning to read in Spanish first since it is the language that he is most comfortable with and because 99% of the books that we read are in Spanish. I'll file this away in the English ideas for later section. :)

Fairion said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I just added it to our library list.

Charlene said...

I like the idea of hunting for the words. I must admit sometimes I read everyone's stART posts and feel like I really need to do more with Nathan as far as teaching him more things. He wouldn't be able to put simple words together, I'm sure. Good job teaching your daughter!

Stopping by from stART!

Cathryn Falwell said...

I am delighted to see that you've found a fun way for your sweet daughter Anna to engage with Word Wizard! What a great Mom!

Best wishes,
Cathryn Falwell