[Surfnetkids: 16 Sep 2009] Phonics Games

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#1. September 16, 2009

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader

Now that my Mom has recovered from her hip surgery, I’ve been able to focus more on Surfnetkids.com. One of the areas I’ve been working on is adding more kids games.

Over the last year, gamers have coined the term “Physics Games” for games that use real-life physics principles (such as gravity) in the game play. It does not, however, imply that you need to be studying high school physics to enjoy the games. All ages, including elementary kids, can enjoy these.

Take a look at Red Remover, for example. The purpose is to remove all the red blocks. Give it a try, and let me know what you think by posting a comment at my blog.

Although, not as educational, our Driving Games have also gotten a few new games, and this category is always a perennial hit with the kids.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

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#3. Phonics Games

by Barbara J. Feldman

Phonics Games Printable (** for premium members only)

Phonics is a widely used method of teaching children to read. It is based on connecting the sounds of spoken English with the letters that represent those sounds. Today’s crop of websites stand at the intersection of education and recreation, using online games to reinforce phonetic concepts.

Fun Fonix
With phonics games, phonics worksheets, reading and spelling games, Fun Fonix is, you guessed it, all about phonics! The activities and printables are organized into an introduction to hard consonants and short vowels, and three printable books: short vowels, digraphs, and long vowels with a silent a “e.” The e-books are supplemented with a worksheet maker that includes spelling, reading, word search, phonics mazes, bingo boards and crossword puzzles.

GameGoo: Educational Games
Earobics is a K-3 “reading intervention” product from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. GameGoo is the free, online educational practice game component. For a list of educational standards addressed in each game (such as identifying the letters in words), follow the Home button to the Teachers & Parents link. The games are arranged on the menu from advanced (the pink row) to beginner (the blue row.) Unfortunately, a few of the beginner games didn’t load for me, and that’s why I didn’t award GameGoo the five-star rating they’d otherwise deserve.

Sadlier-Oxford: Phonics Student Online Components
These phonics games from Sadlier-Oxford are organized by grade level for students from PreK through grade six. To play the games, you’ll need to turn your pop-up blocker off for the site, because each game pops open a new browser window. Concepts reinforced in the games include short and long vowels, consonant blends, suffixes, dipthongs, contractions, and homonyms. For teachers and home-schoolers, there are professional development videos on how and why to teach phonics, discussed by literacy professionals in a roundtable format.

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#4. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Phonics Games Printable
Printable Long-Vowel Silent-Vowel Word Search
Alphabet Fun Printable
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