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Play On! Tips for Effective Practice with Games

Mastery grows through repetition - but it doesn’t need to be boring!

We're getting ready to release our new Game Book, so we've been thinking a lot about games here at Logic of English! The brain learns best through play, so well-designed games are a powerful way to help students gain fluency and automaticity with their skills while having fun. [Nov. 22 update: The Game Book is here!]

Today we want to give you some tips for success in each of the skill areas practiced in the games in our Game Book and curriculum: phonograms, phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, comprehension, and morphology.


PHONOGRAM GAMES

Phonograms are key! These written representations of speech sounds, such as a, b, ou, tch, and igh, are the basic building blocks of our written language. Mastering all the sounds of each phonogram is one of the most vital components of becoming a strong reader and speller, and students master the phonograms the most quickly — and enjoyably! — through varied, short, fun, and frequent practice.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

PHONEMIC AWARENESS GAMES

Phonemic awareness is the understanding that words are made up of sounds and the ability to identify individual sounds within spoken words. It should be practiced without written text.

READING GAMES

Logic of English reading games can be used to practice any words students are learning how to read. We do not recommend asking students to practice reading words that use phonograms and spelling rules they have not been taught, since they are not yet equipped to decode them successfully. Once students have learned the tools they need to decode, their brains self-teach fluency over time as they repeatedly sound out and read words.

SPELLING GAMES

The goal of spelling practice is not only to build mastery with particular words students are learning about, but also to build fluency in encoding and reinforce the rules for why words are spelled the way they are. So effective practice will strengthen students’ overall spelling abilities, not just help them to memorize specific words.

COMPREHENSION GAMES

Reading comprehension involves moving through all the foundational skills of decoding a text to determining the meaning of words, phrases and sentences, and an entire paragraph or longer text.

MORPHOLOGY GAMES

Morphology is the study of roots, prefixes, and suffixes and how they work together to form words.