Could Action Games Be Good for Dyslexic Learners?

Conventional wisdom suggests that screen time should be limited. Many pediatricians, parents, and teachers agree that children need to spend time each day exercising and building their imaginations. It’s important to take time to capture that castle! But one recent study suggests that computer games aren’t all bad, and they might even help learners with attention issues.

Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects ability to read. Many individuals with dyslexia have slower processing speeds for information than individuals who don’t have dyslexia. Some have also been found to have attention issues. Surprisingly, action video games may have a positive effect on attention and processing speed.

A 2013 study from Italy set up individuals with dyslexia up to play action video games. After they played, the subjects of the study were given academic activities to do and  showed a marked increase in processing speeds. . What’s interesting is the games did not teach academic skills but rather required concentration and fast action. Study authors concluded that “this attention improvement can directly translate into better reading abilities”. To see the abstract, click here.

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Do you know a learner with attention issues? Learning Games for Kids has some great classic action games to get their brain moving. Arkanoid, Asteroids, PacMan, and Snake require concentration and quick reactions. Have them play for a while and then do a bit of homework or reading. You might just find it goes more quickly and easily after a few games!

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This post was written by admin on January 26, 2015

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New Games Build Phonics Skills!

Learning to read can be hard, but knowing phonics makes it easier. That’s why our sister site, VocabularySpellingCity recently introduced some brand-new phonics games. Each new game and activity has visual and oral elements to help players connect sounds with letters, syllables, and words. And they all reinforce comprehension, too. They’re a great way to strengthen reading, literacy, and language skills.

TeachMe More gives children a chance to learn new words. In TeachMe More children explore spelling, syllables, sounds, context in a sentence, definition, and part of speech. Buttons allow children to choose what they want to hear or read. Repetition helps children who are learning to read or say new words to learn them quickly.

 

SillyBulls really make learning fun! SillyBulls is the game that helps children learn how to divide words into syllables. Children hear and see each word multiple times. They sort by syllables, say it aloud, and hear a contextually rich sentence, reinforcing vocabulary skills as well.

 

Helping children recognize initial and final sounds in words helps them learn to read. Initial Sound Speller and Final Sound Speller help players focus on these important sounds while having fun. As they play, students learn to connect how the sounds correspond to spelling.

 

These games are a great way to help kids who are learning to read. They’re also fun for adults or kids who are learning to read English! Try them with our pre-made lists. Love them? A premium membership allows you to create your own lists to use with the games. That’s perfect for reading groups, writing workshops, or review!

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This post was written by admin on January 12, 2015

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Logic Fun for the Family

Winter Vacation is a time to relax, to play, and get together with friends and relations. Logic games can be fun and challenging to tackle alone or as a group.

 Pet Center

Pet Center Logic Game

Pet Center challenges players to match pets to their new owners. Each clue gives just a bit of information, allowing players to slowly eliminate possibilities until they reach the solution.

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Sliding Block Game

The Sliding Block game requires spatial skills to slide the red block out of the square. Can you move the blocks in the correct order to set the red block free?

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Mouse Trap Game

Mouse Trap is a great game for a crowd. Decide where to fill the hexagons in order to trap the mouse.

 

 

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This post was written by admin on December 29, 2014

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Oh, the Weather Outside Is Frightful!

It’s that time of the year again, the start of the winter chill. Some kids glory in the weather, while others dread it. Either way, we’ve got games and activities to make sure you have fun – and you might even learn a thing or two!

Conduction & Radiation

To get a little warmth back in your life, check out our science activities. Conduction and Radiation is a fun science video that teaches about two types of heat energy. Just watching  warms you up because it’s filmed at the beach!

Heat Card Flip

Heat Card Flip is another great chilly day activity. It’s a fun memory game that challenges you to match pictures with the heat energy terms.

 

Explore Weather

Do you prefer playing in the snow to hiding from it? Our sister site, Science4Us.com, has a great activity for that! Try the Explore activity from the weather module. Choose a snowy weather scene and the clothes you’d wear to go outside!

No matter how frightful the weather, we have fun, interactive games for you to play!

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This post was written by admin on December 15, 2014

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