Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Phonogram Games

Anything is fun if you put it into a board game, right? That's the sentiment at our house. We are a home full of gamers. We play some kind of game every night before bed. Some of the boys' favorites are Sorry, Mancala, Uno, and Connect Four. Therefore, I didn't think twice when I saw a game package on the Spell to Write and Read website. I just put it into my cart. The whole package came with two board games (really one with 2 different board), Phonogram Bingo, and instructions for several other phonogram card games.

These games make reviewing our phonograms too easy. We play the board game a few time/week. C-Monster gets his own pile of phonograms (just the first 26) and the rest of us draw from D-Man's pile of the phonograms he's learned. After finishing a turn, the player draws a card from the pile. If he can correctly say all of the sounds for that phonogram, he gets to keep the card. The person with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

Let's face the fact, D-Man's extremely competitive. With parents like his, it's no wonder where he gets it. Well, we're using it for good in this game. If he wants to win, he needs to know those phonogram sounds. It's really Shawn who's at a disadvantage. It's hard to guess the four sounds of 'ou' if you haven't been taught. This game's helping him too.

Since we've been playing this game, I haven't seen the need to quiz the phonograms very often. I do review and quiz the ones that he hasn't quite mastered, but there aren't many of those at the moment. I love products like this that make learning easy and painless.

What you don't see in these pictures is that minutes after they were taken, D-Man slipped off of the chair and cut the corner of his eye. The game was abandoned while Shawn took him to an urgent care clinic. Fortunately, it looked MUCH worse than it actually was and no stiches were needed. He did have a swollen, black eye along with his nasty cut for a few days, but such is the life of a boy.

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