Developed by: THUP Games
Monkey Word School Adventure is an entertaining and captivating way to introduce your child to the fundamental concepts behind reading and writing. The lessons range from letter recognition and writing to spelling and phonics, introducing word components such as consonant blends, digraphs, irregular vowels and more! There is also a special focus on sight words, the vital building blocks of reading and writing. (iTunes)
Prepare to use this app by using either of the following activities:
This app helps reinforce letter recognition, a super important foundational skill for building literacy. Help activate your child’s prior knowledge around letter recognition with this fun “Magic Letters" activity. You will need some watercolors, water, a paint brush, white paper, white crayons and scissors. Here are the steps to create Magic Letters:
- Start by cutting the plain paper in half.
- Write letters in upper or lowercase in white crayon on the plain paper. Go over the lines a few times to make them nice and thick. Do not try to do every letter in one sitting, it will take a fun activity and make it daunting for many kids. Instead, have the materials on hand to make more in a jiffy if they are super into it.
- Mix the paint. The best paint is watery so it beads off the crayon easily.
- Time to paint! Have your child use the water color to paint the paper and reveal a magic letter! Another fun idea is to have them discover letters that spell something special like their name, favorite treat, etc.
Gardening for Letters
Another fun activity option to activate prior knowledge around letter recognition is this tactile activity: Gardening for Letters! This is a great way to take learning outside and get some fresh air. You’ll need an orange pool noodle to make the carrots (a red one could be radishes too!), a permanent marker, some green ribbon , a knife and scissors. For the rest of the activity, you will also need some soil and a patch of garden if you are doing it outside, or a tub and filler for a sensory bin. Pail and shovel are optional! Here are the steps to create letters for gardening:
- Start by slicing your pool noodle. Bread knives work the very best for this.
- Next, write letters on the noodles with a permanent marker. Think about your child’s attention span and how many letters they might be excited about gardening in one day.
- Cut some ribbon and tie it to the noodle to make the top of the carrot.
- Head outside and plant them.
- Time for a letter harvest! As your child picks a letter, have them say it aloud and think of words that start with that letter. Once they have picked a few letters, challenge them to spell as many words as they can with their harvested letters.
Help your child get the most out of this app experience by trying either of the following activities:
- Interact with the App! Your child will get to enjoy a multi-sensory experience while using this app. They will be asked to identify certain letters, spell or find certain words, etc. Remind them to have fun and not worry if they don’t know a certain answer. This is a learning experience!
- Search for Sight Words: This app will allow your child to practice identifying common “sight words”. Sight words, often called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode. The following 25 words make up approximately one fourth of all written material. Help your child to re-write these words, or create flashcards for them (encourage them to color the flashcards, add stickers, etc). Keep them out while using this app and have them put the words they see or hear in a pile.
Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:
- Choose Your Own Adventure! Which activity did your child get the most excited about? Whether it is spelling words, tracing letters, or reading words aloud, give them more time to do what they love. If it was spelling words, give them more words to spell! Walk around your house, the park, or the store, and find as many words as possible for them to spell! Use the letters in those words to have them practicing writing the upper and lowercase versions of those letter, too. Or, encourage them to spell the names of the objects they see at home, or while you are out and about. Encourage them to sound out the word, spell them as they see fit and try their best. You can go back and help them correct any errors later, the important part is teaching them to keep going, even if they seem stuck!
- Splashing in the Tub! Turn bath time into a learning experience by pouring foam bath letters into a tub full of bubbles and challenge your child to hunt for the letters that spell certain words. Have them write the words on the tile and repeat!