Why ‘Word Games’ Are Better Than Words for Kids
Words for kids are no longer the best way to learn, according to a new report from Axios.
According to the report, “word games” and “word learning” are getting the same attention as “word understanding,” but with more of a focus on grammar and word-based communication, which is better for children.
The report says the word games are “often used to learn new vocabulary.”
“Word games and word learning are not the same thing,” the report reads.
“Word learning is a process, which requires a lot of practice and repetition.”
Word games and “words learning” also tend to require “long-term learning,” the Axios report reads, but the researchers note that “words games and language learning are often used to improve learning.”
“If you use a word game, you can only do that for a few minutes, and you’ll get tired of it,” Dr. Brian Mascio, a psychology professor at the University of Florida, told the publication.
“There’s no way to get bored with a word-learning game.”
The study also notes that the word-games and word comprehension games that are “popularly used today are also effective for children, because they’re much more realistic and fun,” but only if children learn a lot, as well as “tactical” language.
The researchers say children are less likely to “use word games or word learning to help with spelling and grammar because they aren’t very good at it, and they’re not used to playing a game like this,” as well.
The “word game” category includes word games that involve “sitting in front of a computer screen with a bunch of letters on it,” as opposed to word learning games, which involve “simulating speech and writing.”
The Axios research also found that children who are more motivated to practice and play word games, as opposed.
to “word reading,” are less frustrated with their word learning because they are “trying harder to get words right,” according to the research.
The study authors also say that “word-reading games may be more effective for those who have limited or no word learning skills.”
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Education, the Department is looking into whether it can use the report as a tool to help “improve classroom instruction” and to ensure that children are not disadvantaged in their learning.
In the meantime, the report states that “children are still learning in a natural environment,” as they did when they were toddlers, which helps with learning.
“The most important thing is that children need to have their own space,” Dr Mascia told the Axos.
“And the environment has to be fun.”