Top Reading And Word Games - Article


Summer learning is hot again, thanks to these fun, educational games.

It’s almost that time of year again—summertime. For kids, each day holds the promise of long hours of general merrymaking, including playing, swimming and climbing. For parents, the days may seem long for a different reason. How to fill all that time from when your kids wake up to when they go to sleep? Sure, play groups, crafts, day trips and camps provide entertainment and some structure. These diversions only last so long and then the boredom will settle in, which inevitably leads to kids wailing “There’s nothing to dooo!”

Oh, but there’s lots to do; most notably working on spelling, reading and writing so your vacationing student’s brain doesn’t atrophy over the summer. Say this out loud and you’re sure to trigger additional wailing; suggest your child play online games and you’ll get a very different response. Boredom cured. Brain working. Cool parent status restored (for now). Mission accomplished.

Here are Game Classroom’s top reading and word games, by grade level.

  • Kindergarten: As your child grows independent so will his or her vocabulary. Among the language arts skills learned in Kindergarten, the ability to learn vowel and consonant sounds and to use initial consonant sounds and sound patterns to read words is key to enhancing communication abilities. The word game Alphabet Goop allows kids to practice these skills (don’t worry Mom and Dad—the goop is virtual).

  • 1st Grade: If your child just finished first grade, he or she will likely be a stronger reader than at the beginning of the year. Identifying words and word sounds comes easier. Word game Chicken Stacker calls upon these skills whether your child needs a refresher over the summer or practice for the upcoming school year.

  • 2nd Grade: Story Starters challenges kids of all ages to become storytellers. The game spits out ideas for amateur and aspiring authors to build upon. For example, the game recently gave a parent the following starter: “List five good things about a crazy banana who owns an elephant.” Sure, it’s educational, but more importantly this game is virtually guaranteed to cure boredom.

  • 3rd Grade: Building on second grade skills and lessons, third-graders continue to work on perfecting complete sentences by using the correct punctuation, capitalization, grammar and spelling. Soon your child will be writing in paragraph form, making outlines, revising drafts—maybe even writing the next Great American Novel. Playing Sentence Clubhouse could lay the foundation for grammatical greatness.  

  • 4th Grade: As students at this level take on more sophisticated reading and writing assignments, even crafting a sentence can become an art form. On the Sentence Speedway, your child will feel the thrill of correctly identifying prepositional phrases, clauses, transitions and conjunctions. The faster the better.

  • 5th Grade: At this level, your child will be tackling more sophisticated reading assignments, identifying the different plot stages that make up fiction as well as critiquing texts. Word Frog provides the opportunity to snap up synonyms, antonyms and homonyms to expand any student’s creative repertoire.


  • 6th Grade: Take a shot at turning your child into a grammatical heavyweight with Punctuation Paintball. This popular game challenges players to use parentheses, commas, semicolons and apostrophes correctly.

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