Thursday, May 20, 2010
Fun and Games
He made up the word jumbles after seeing them in the newspaper; we each take turns writing a jumbled word for the other to rearrange. This is a great example of what John Holt describes in Learning all the Time, namely that an important part of learning to read is learning what arrangements and combinations of letters don't make words in English.
I think N. enjoys these games so much because they are building on skills that he is (unconsciously) working on very intensely right now: reading and math. I believe strongly that child-led activities and games like these are the most productive kind of learning, much more so than empty adult-initiated busy work or drills. And being able to solve problems flexibly in situations where the answer matters to you is more important than being able to answer a question on a test.