As we gear up for Thanksgiving this week, it’s time to reflect on the things we are grateful for. I know that in my own life, I am so thankful for my parents, and the time that both of them put into homeschooling me. They shaped who I am as a person today and the opportunities that I’ve had, both in my personal life and career.
And you don’t have to be a homeschooling family like mine to support your child’s education and expand their world. Thanks to the amazing technology that exists today, creative and fun learning aids are right at our fingertips. That’s why I’m a big fan of the app Wonster Words!
Wonster Words is an app that makes learning the ABC’s fun through interactive games. A crew of loveable animated characters lead your child through short stories that explore letter sounds and spelling, guiding children to assemble words, sound out each letter, and learn the word’s definition in context. Through the course of using the app, children will be exposed to over 150 words in 12 basic word families and the 44 most common phonemes. The stories involve fun things like birthdays, friendship, and space; and just in time for the 2017 holiday season, 5 brand new festive story packs have been added along with 5 minigames.
The characters are just adorable – the little pink-haired girl is my spirit animal! – and will engage a child’s natural curiosity without the stress or pressure of scoring and quizzes, which is especially helpful to students who may be struggling with phonics. And I’m not the only fan: Wonster Words has won awards ranging from Parent’s Choice, the National Parenting Product Award, the Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice, and more.
My parents’ support of my budding love for the English language is what enabled me to pursue the career in writing that I have today. I love how Wonster Words nurtures this love of language in children, because I know how many doors that will open for them in the future. I’ll be spending this Thanksgiving with my toddler niece, so it’ll be fun to show her Wonster Words on my phone and help the next generation in our family discover the love of letters!
How do you nurture a love of reading and writing in your children?