Word Dynamo Offers a Fun Way to Build Your Child’s Vocabulary
If your kids enjoy playing computer games and you’re looking for a way to keep their language skills up over summer break, check out the new Word Dynamo game from Dictionary.com. This an authoritative, game-based assessment that provides an estimate of each playerâ€™s vocabulary size and skill level.
Word Dynamo offers sequenced challenges with 20 levels of skill-building word games, as well as organized sets for subject-focused learning.
If you want to play on a regular basis, there is a dashboard where you can track your learning level and create your own word lists to review. You can sign in with Facebook, so you don’t need to create a whole separate account with yet another user name and password to remember.
I played the “College and Beyond” version of the game and found it quite entertaining. I knew the definitions of most of the words, but there were few that tripped me up. My son did pretty well on the “Grades 1-5″ level of the game, although he was initially convinced that the game was timed and that you had to answer all the questions as quickly as possible to win.Â (It’s not timed, so speed isn’t going to work to your advantage.)
My son and I both agreed that it’s fun to watch the numbers in the “Words You Know” section go up as you get answers right.
It would be more exciting to be able to play against other people online or to play a two player game with another family member at home, but Word Dynamo is still a good way to amuse yourself or your kids for a few minutes while learning some new words in the process.
There’s also an option to play with Spanish word lists, which might be useful if your children are interested in learning a foreign language.
If you’ve had a chance to play this game by yourself or with your kids, let us know what you think!
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