Crazy A's Card Game
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- Learning is a game!
- 72 Playing Cards
- For Ages 4+ & 2-8 Players
- Have Fun and Learn to Read!
- Level 1 features C-V-C (consonant-vowel-consonant) words
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Crazy A's (formerly called Whizizzle Phonics) is a fast-paced phonics game series that teaches the sounds of the English language. Designed by a dad and perfected by teachers, this series of phonics games keeps kids engaged in learning. Played similarly to Crazy 8's, kids learn phonics basics quickly and completely while they have fun. Easier than memorization and more fun than flashcards, Crazy A's games help kids learn by using sight, sound and color. Level 1 teaches children the common "C-V-C" consonant-vowel-consonant words such as 'dog', 'cat', 'mom' and 'dad'.
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This card game has the simple, 3-letter words that are perfect for young learners. There are consonant-vowel-consonant words like red, cat, man, etc. There are 50 word cards - 10 each of a, e, i, o and u words. The remaining cards are action cards that skip a turn, draw a card, etc. Basically, this is a Crazy 8s card game.
For a child who knows their letter sounds and is just being introduced to sounding out words, I recommend using just the word cards initially as a reinforcement tool. For example, focus one day on the "a" words and pull just those 10 cards from the deck. Use them as flash cards and run thru the ten cards at various times in the day. It only takes a few minutes, which is better for most children than longer sessions.
In fact, the way I teach young learners to read is I make my own flash cards like this on index cards (being careful to only use words that follow the phonetic rules initially) and I encourage parents to do likewise, even if your child attends school and is learning there. I haven't met a kid yet who didn't love having their set of flash cards with a rubber band around them. Once they are even moderately competent, they delight in running through the cards with anyone who will take the time.
You can find a good word list to make your own flash cards at montessorimom dot com. From the home page, search for phonetic word list. All you need is some blank index cards and a marker and that list.
Work your way through all 5 vowel sets until your child is relatively comfortable sounding out all of them. At that point, you can begin playing the card game with the entire deck as further reinforcement. I think it is crucial that the child be very comfortable sounding out all of the word cards before playing the entire deck as a game.
The game is best seen as kind of a reward for all their work learning to sound out the words. It can be used as an incentive when helping your child learn to sound out the word cards. ie: "I can't wait to play cards with you when we learn to sound these words out."
If you try to play before the child is competent in sounding out words, it can feel like a big failure for your child, which you want to avoid at all costs. A child who feels successful is an eager learner.
Understand that this game will not teach your child to read, but it can be a fun reinforcement tool and a pleasurable way to spend time with your child.