S-P-E-L-L Your Way to S-U-C-C-E-S-S

Posted by Susie Grimm on

The early years of a child’s life are crucial for language development. Children go from making sounds, to saying one or two phrases, to producing long and complete sentences. Research shows that it is not only the size of a child’s vocabulary, but also how a child processes their vocabulary that is important. For teachers and parents working with young children, these findings suggest the need to provide vocabulary-rich experiences for all little ones, while taking note of the different learning styles of young learners.

Children learn differently and interactive digital games can help them reinforce concepts in a fun way. However, parents should practice co-viewing and co-playing while helping children understand the relationship between games and learning.  Co-viewing and co-playing mean watching or playing together. Technology-based and digital media resources like Super Why can be used a tool to support your child’s literacy skill development.

Play the following games to have your little one increase alphabet knowledge, oral language and improve reading comprehension. When playing these games, ask your little ones open-ended questions to help them better understand letters and words. This will facilitate their understanding of the game and help them broaden their vocabulary.

Super Celebrations: Help the Super Readers throw a party by spelling out the words for the party items needed.  This game is designed to create familiarity with celebration-themed words and word formation.

Practice vocabulary skills with Super Why’s Rhyme Time Bingo! Sometimes searching for the right word quickly can be challenging. Rhyme Time Bingo allows young learners to expand their vocabulary in a fun and engaging way!

Sentence structure is the next ‘big step’ for early learners. Watch this Super Why and the Rolling Rice Cakes video clip and read along with your little one as the words in the sentence become highlighted!

To play more Super Why games, or learn more about what PBS KIDS can provide for your family or classroom, check out the links below:

PBS Learning Media 

PBS Learning Media- Super Why


PBS KIDS Lab- Super Why Homepage

PBS KIDS Super Why Activities