Monday, April 26, 2010

Word Games in the News

I was sitting on a train last week with my new boss talking for a good 2 hours about Hooked on Phonics. It has been my experience that anytime I mention where I work, people always want to share stories about teaching their children to read, which of course, I love. That day was no exception. When we finally got to our stop, the gentleman sitting next to my boss told us about a great word game his sons play. I thought it was clever and easy so I thought I’d pass it on.

The boys names are Matthew and Andrew. They are 5 and 6 and all about learning sight words. It just so happens that Matthew has the sight word “the” in his name and Andrew has “and.” So the boys make a competition by taking newspaper articles and counting how many times their sight word appears in it. As it turns out, “the” almost always wins. But I still think it’s a great game!

What words can you make from your child’s name? If there isn’t one as obvious as Andrew or Matthew, take the child’s name and mix the letters up to make a word. Then choose an article or book and count the times the word appears.

Happy reading!


Smellyann said...

I just started exploring HOP, and found this blog. I was disappointed to find you kept spelling the word sight as "site" over and over... you would think someone whose job it was to teach reading would be able to spell such a simple word. Hmph.

TJ Trochlil McGreevy said...

Thanks for your great catch, Smellyann! I hope you'll read my reply in the next blog post and I hope you'll look through some of our other posts (the ones without errors). Thanks for your comment!