Celebrate when a child learns a letter of the alphabet that has been hard for them to learn. Make a cookie cake either from scratch or buy a roll of the child’s favorite refrigerated cookie dough and spread it out on a pizza pan to bake. If the child enjoys decorating, then let them decorate the cookie cake, or if they really enjoy being surprised then surprise them with it. The main thing is to celebrate the learning that has taken place and encourage them to learn more things that might be difficult for them.
The immensely popular WordWorld “Build a Word” app is now even better! In response to feedback, they installed the following upgrades:
· Re-programming the app to be compatible with the 4.0 iPhone operating system.
· Randomizing the presentation of the WordFriends for more WordBuilding fun!
“The “Build a Word” app is based on the WordWorld television show. Children will shake up this “WordBuilder” to watch letters float across the screen. They can then place letters in the outline provided to build words one letter at a time. By pushing the letters of each word together, words will magically “morph” into WordFriends! DOG, DUCK, PIG, ANT, FROG, SHEEP, BUG, COW, CAT and BEE come to life and help children build early literacy skills.”
You can download the WordWorld “Build a Word” app from iTunes.
Many of you already know about Starfall. For those who don’t, it’s an excellent free site to encourage children to learn to read while having fun. This site is great for children learning their alphabet letters, learning the sounds of letters, and learning how to read words or short stories.