Learning During Playtime With @WordWorld

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 25, 2011

As a homeschooler and a mom, I am very diligent to incorporate activities into our playtime that encourage learning. One of the ways I do this is by giving my kids the tools to practice a specific concept, while sparking their creativity at the same time. Every activity becomes a lesson, incognito.

This is pretty easy to do, and I’m sure you do this, too, without even realizing you are. I’m sure, like me, you’ve pulled out alphabet cookie cutters and challenged your kiddos to cut out their names in the colorful dough, right? Or, perhaps you’ve walked through the produce section of the supermarket discussing the wide variety of colors you see and spelling out the names of the fruits and vegetables.

In addition to these little games, we use various forms of media as tools for learning, as well. All of my kiddos are quite adept at navigating the iPad, iPhone, the computer. Ray and I encourage the use of these tools on a very limited basis, but we keep our digital devices loaded with several educational apps and storybooks.

One of Ben and Noah’s favorite apps is the WordWorld Let’s Build a Word app. It was the best 99 cents we’ve spent on an app for Noah, although there is a free version, as well! They both love to see their own words come alive, just as they do on the show, which also happens to be a favorite.

Ben and Noah just recently had the opportunity to try out the Terrific Duck WordWorld storybook. Noah sat and followed along through the entire “book” in one sitting. If you know anything about Noah, you know this is a big deal and that he must have really been mesmerized! So much so, in fact, that I’ll be purchasing the rest of the WordWorld eBooks as soon as he grows tired of this one, as only Noah can.

For those of you who don’t know about WordWorld, it teaches four skill sets critical for young children’s emergent literacy: print awareness, phonological sensitivity and letter knowledge, comprehension (including vocabulary development) and socio-emotional skills.

As supplements to their shows you can download free printables, read the WordWorld FREE online eBooks, and download WordWorld iPhone apps.

Win it!

I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled that my kids can play games or watch shows without even realizing that they are actually learning!

WordWorld has agreed to gift one of you with the DVD “Get Up & Move” which was just released in February. All of my friends in the U.S. may leave me a comment here, by April 30th, telling me about the ways you encourage learning at home. I’d love to hear about the sneaky ways you can get that lesson in with your kids!

For extra entries you may tweet the link to this giveaway, up to once a day, and leave a separate comment with the link to each tweet.

Happy learning!

I have been compensated by WordWorld to create this post and host this giveaway. All opinions, of course, are 100% mine, as always.

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jaimee April 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

we are huge Word World fans here, b/c like you said they are learning w/o even realizing it. Another sneaky thing I do to get them to learn is we play rhyming games- I say a word, and they have to come up with as many rhymes as they can. Lots of fun for us.

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Nikki @ Mommy Factor April 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

We love Word World. I like the way they teach kids to recognize words and shapes in a fun way. I try and do the same with my son. I teach by using play. We sing and play games to learn different things.
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Shannon Baas April 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Baking when working on fractions.

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CathyB April 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

We’re big Word World fans as well! We homeschool and I’m always amazed at the things the littles pick up from the bigs’ lessons. I love magnetic letters. The toddler always seems to want me most when I’m fixing a meal. This gives me a good opportunity to “play” with the letters with them.

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Anara from able2able April 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I have a Special Needs preschool child that needs research based educational strategies and a typically developing 4 year old boy. Keeping learning fun for both of them is a challenge! I have to worry about burnout for my daughter since therapy goals are blended with academics at home. My son’s eyes glaze over if anything feels too teachy. They both learn easily from dvd’s, so it’s mostly educational when they’re in the car.

My most creative education activity was actually for my typically developing child. We made a “spider web” and I hung a mesh laundry bag on it. I would drop a magnetic letter in the bag, and say something like “l is for lion, oh, no, the lion is trapped in the spider web” and roar and shake the bag and carry on. The boy who will pretend he doesn’t know the alphabet got into the game and started dropping letters in “c is for cat, the spider’s eating the cat!” He showed me that he is learning, despite his air of boredom.

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Valencia April 30, 2011 at 12:28 am

I always encourage my kids to watch word world! Another sneaky way to teach my kids is to play games like spelling in 5 seconds. They love it and they are not aware that they are learning new words.

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NW Homesteader April 30, 2011 at 12:33 am

We sing a lot, I mean a lot! We sign some songs, and we sing about everything!

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Sandra April 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I have my kids read at least 20 minutes a night.

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Sandra April 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Valerie March 26, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Thanks so much for this information. On my blog, I review free educational games for parents who want to enhance their children’s learning experience, and this is a wonderful resource. I will add it to my blog as well.
Valerie´s last blog post ..Send kids on a word hunt this Easter

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Paulo August 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

Hi Christine,

I also like the idea of integrating play with learning for my children. It is a great concept since we do not have to “force” them. They are just having fun doing those activities. I am not familiar with WordWorld (which seems like an awesome apps) and will check it out later. Who knows, it might even turn out to become one of my kid’s favorite game.

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