Have the kids play Snakes & Ladders to practise reading and recognizing their spelling sight words.
Just enter the list of words to appear in the game, one per line, then press MAKE GAME.
A window will appear with the Snakes & Ladders Words game for you to print.
This game is great for practising reading words.
Each word can appear several times, and each child will get practise in becoming familiar with the words as she plays and has to read the words herself and as she listens to the other players reading the words.
We've entered some words for you to get you started, but you can enter your own.
HOW TO PLAY :
Each player takes their turn which involves throwing a dice and advancing the number of squares shown on the dice.
If the player can read the word of the square that they land on, then they can advance one more square.
If the player lands on the bottom of a ladder, then successfully reading the word allows them to advance up the ladder.
If the player lands on the top of a snake, then the player must successfully read the word, otherwise they must slide down the ladder.
The first player to reach the top end wins.
...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
Small children should be supervised by a caregiver when at a computer,
to ensure no accidents occur that could hurt the child and that no equipment gets broken.