Saturday, February 6

A favorite homeschooling resource and clue #2

We have a reluctant reader who has improved by leaps and bounds this past "school" year. Mostly due to perseverence and consistancy in chugging along with reading together, but partly due to this game, which he finds hilarious.

"The frog ate a big crocodile."
"A green man climbed the little dinosaur under the table."
These are the kinds of sentances he comes up with, and in the meantime he's learned parts of speech and has been enjoying reading! Now he whips through his readers (whips slowly, he's still a slow reader) with confidence and no complaint.

I found this game at our local T.J. Maxx but you can buy it here online, or be creative and make your own.
Speaking of reading, our fun giveaway next week is for not one, but TWO books written by the author I interviewed! TWO! Which means two winners, which is always more fun than one, right? Any guesses?


Suburban Sojourner said...

My guess after clue 1 was Ann Voskamp and clue 2 just backs that up for me.

Mrs. C in Canada

Becky said...

Mary Ostyn?

Beth said...

THANK YOU for this resource! I am ordering tonight! I have a reluctant reader (he turns 7 in May), and I am always looking for new ideas on how to build his reading skills.

Unknown said...

I've seen that game in schools and the kids just love it (not just yours!). Many teachers get the kids to write the sentences out too.

Sarah M. said...

Growing up, my brother was a reluctant reader. My mom chose to pay him $1 a book because he was always motivated by money (she didn't offer to pay me or she would have gone broke! LOL) After a month or so, she no longer paid him as he was reading everything in sight :) Love the game idea though. My 4 year old is very hands on and will probably enjoy that kind of activity.

max said...

It's so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it,especially boys. In fact, I've recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, "Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers."

I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

My blog, Books for Boys is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading. And my new book, Lost Island Smugglers - first in the Sam Butler Adventure Series - is coming out in June.

Keep up your good work.

Max Elliot Anderson

Unknown said...

We own this game and use it as a regular part of our Lang. Arts lessons! Learning is fun and silly!!!