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.
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 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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