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Fun with words!
As the holidays approach, the weather gets cold and things get hectic,
so take some time with your student to play a little.
Word play increases
knowledge of different word patterns and improves ones ability
to manipulate words and word chunks. Of course, this leads to stronger
reading and writing! Here are some ideas:
- Use magnetic
words to make sentences or poems. (These words come in sets sold in
bookstores and gift shops for making poetry on the refrigerator.)
Another option would be to cut words out of the newspaper or write
words on slips of paper and rearrange them.
- Select words
from your reading and play Hangman.
- Play Boggle or
Scrabble. (Youll be surprised at how well they do.)
- Take the word
Thanksgiving or other holiday word and see how many words can be created
using the letters.
- Check out this
web site and create a personalized word search or criss-cross
- Be creative!
Make up your own word fun. Maybe your learner will have some ideas.
- See what word
play books and games are available in the literacy program office
or in the library.