A couple years ago I read a study that found that children who eat dinner with their families tend to do better in their academics. That got me to thinking of our family meals – the ones we manage to squeeze into a week already filled with children’s soccer and karate. Our dinner hour is the one time we all come together to talk. The radio is tuned to the local NPR station, sparking lively discussion about daily events, politics, religion and other topics similarly not suitable for dinnertime conversation.
But some evenings we leave the serious, scholarly discussion behind and delve into “Word Birds.” To the uninitiated, Word Birds sound like random words tossed back and forth across the dining room table like verbal ping-pong balls. In fact, they are games with rules – we just don’t know the rules until we get going.
Continue reading Word Birds and Other Games by Sue Smith Heavenrich, from the Sept-Oct, 2008 issue of Home Education Magazine. Subscribe today or simply purchase the single issue in which this classic article appears!