How many different fun ways do our kids need in order to practise spelling their sight words? The more the better, because the more fun they have, the more they learn! Kids are programmed by nature to learn by playing games.
The Chatterbox Words game is an origami game that children love to make and play. Enter words here, print it out, and you will have an amusing way for kids to practise spelling words.
Enter the words to be printed in this game. Then press MAKE GAME and print out the origami page. Cut out the square, fold according to the instructions, and then you're ready to play!
How to fold :
Fold the square in half vertically and horizontally, then unfold.
With the blank side facing you, fold all 4 corners in to the center. Turn the folded square over.
Fold all 4 new corners in to the center.
Press the center down so that the new 4 corners stick up into the air. The original 4 corners should be pointing down.
Slip your 2 pointer fingers and 2 thumbs from underneath into the origami game, each finger in between an original corner and the underside of the center.
How to play :
Your pointer fingers and thumbs should be in the origami game from underneath, with the finger tips fitting into the 4 points of the origami construction.
Alternate having your 2 pointer fingers together and the finger and thumb of each hand pinched together, so that the origami contruction is opening and closing like a chirping bird's beak.
Ask your friend to read each of the words displayed on the outside of the origami game and to choose one word. Spell out the word, opening and closing the "bird's beak" as you say each letter.
At the end of spelling this word, four of the inside words will be displayed. Ask your friend to read them and to choose one.
Spell out that chosen word, opening and closing the "bird's beak" again as you say each letter. At the end of this spelling, four of the inside words will be displayed. It may be the same four words or it may be the other four words.
Ask your friend to read these 4 words and to choose one again. Open up the chosen flap.
Read out the sentence under the flap that describe some actions to do. Your friend should carry out these actions!
Children can play this Chatterbox Words origami game, practising reading and spelling the words and sentences that you have put into the game, having fun whilst doing so!
We have entered words and sentences to get you going, but you can change them to the sight words that you would like your kids to practise spelling and reading.
...parenting tip of the moment
Dialogue launches language, the mind, but once it is launched we develop a new power, "inner speech," and it is this that is indispensable for our further development, our thinking. "Inner speech," says Vygotsky, "is speech almost without words...it is not the interior aspect of external speech, it is a function in itself. ...While in external speech thought is embodied in words, in inner speech words die as they bring forth thought. Inner speech is to a large extent thinking in pure meanings." We start with dialogue, with language that is external and social, but then to think, to become ourselves, we have to move to a monologue, to inner speech. Inner speech is essentially solitary, and it is profoundly mysterious, as unknown to science, Vygotsky writes, as "the other side of the moon." "We are our language," it is often said; but our real language, our real identity, lies in inner speech, in that ceaseless stream and generation of meaning that constitutes the individual mind. It is through inner speech that the child develops his own concepts and meanings; it is through inner speech that he achieves his own identity; it is through inner speech, finally, that he constructs his own world.
It is certain that we are not "given" reality, but have to construct it for ourselves, in our own way, and that in doing so we are conditioned by the cultures and worlds we live in..
quoted from L. S. Vygotsky in "Thought and Language", quoted by Oliver Sacks, and Oliver Sacks in "Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf" by Oliver Sacks, pages 72-73
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