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Some Ideas for Supporting Your Students at Home:

Let your children make their own choices: Children are more interested in reading when they have choices over how and what to read

Availability of books: Keep books (and other reading materials) around for your students to find and choose from. 

Don't forget the public libraries.  Most have great online resources as well as audio and ebooks as well.

Cary Library in Lexington

Boston Public Library

Websites and Blogs

Games to Play

Scrabble or Scrabble Jr  Test your vocabulary with this classic crossword game.  Use your letter tiles to build words across the board, and rack up points based on total points for each word you place on the board. Use bonus spaces to add to your score.

Bananagrams (or Appletters)  The Anagram game that will drive you bananas. The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board. Fast and fun. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first. Appleletters is very similar to Banagrams for younger players

PairsinPears  Race to make pairs of connecting words in matching patterns. A great way for children to develop memory and cognitive skills while learning the alphabet, pattern recognition, vowels, vocabulary, rhyming, and more. Advanced players can use semi-palindromes and palindromes to win extra points. The pear-shaped pouch contains four full alphabet sets in four distint patterns.

Zingo (or other Zingo games including Zingo Sight Words or Zingo Word Builder)  It's not just bingo. Zingo is a matching game that encourages pre-readers and early readers alike to match the pictures and words to their challenge cards. The Zinger dispenses tiles and fun as young minds quickly race to be the first player with a full card and yell "ZINGO!" With two levels of play, this matching game builds language skills through fast-paced play.

Boggle  The head-to-head word search game that spells family fun -- for all ages! Shake the letters, turn over the timer and start hunting for words. How many words can you make by joining letters up, down, sideways, and diagonally. In just 3 minutes, you'll find the fun!

Story Cubes  A pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory's Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination!

Apples to Apples Jr  Apples to Apples Junior is the game of hilarious comparisons! Based on the popular card and party game, Apples to Apples, this Junior version gives kids hilarious, fast-paced fun while also building their vocabulary and thinking skills.

Scattergories  In the Scattergories game, teams come up with answers that fit the categories listed on their card. Sounds easy, but the answers need to start with the letter rolled on the die! Come up with as many answers as you can before time runs out, but be creative – your team only gets points if no other team has the same answer.

Dixit  The Dixit Game is the lovingly illustrated game of creative guesswork, where your imagination unlocks the tale. In this award winning board game, players will use the beautiful imagery on their cards to bluff their opponents and guess which image matches the story. Guessing right is only half the battle. To really succeed, you'll have to get your friends to decide that your card tells the story!

12 Awesome Board Games that teach Literacy and Language Skills

MadLibs  Someone asks for a part of speech, a verb, a noun, an adjective or an adverb. -Players call out their ideas to fill in the blanks and in the end, you have a story reeling from one silly sentence to another until nothing makes sense.

Magnetic Poetry comes in many sizes and expansion packs.  

There are many word and letter jigsaw puzzles.  Examples like these  Word Puzzles

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