Thursday, February 12, 2009

20 Questions

One of our families favorite games to play is twenty questions. As we have progressed, I have found that the game is an excellent way to really get deeper into nouns. A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. The way we play our game is this:

One person thinks of something. We ask them if it is a person? Is it a place? Is it a thing? Is it an idea? They answer yes, or no. At first, this didn't seem to me like such a learning opportunity for nouns, but I was wrong. What I found, is that my children don't always know what category to put their 'thing' into. One child couldn't figure out what category to put an animal into. He felt that animal's should have their own category. After all, they're alive. To him, a thing is an inanimate object that you can buy. Another child had a hard time with descriptions.

This means that we are also learning adjectives and adverbs and ways to use them. We ask the person, "Is it bigger than a car?" We continue to ask these types of questions until we narrow down size, color, etc.

This game also helps with vocabulary. My 11-year-old son frequently comes up with words my 5-year-old son has never heard.

Finally, this game also helps with history. While this aspect is not language arts based, it is significant. When the 'thing' is a person, it is easier to figure out who the person is if you can place the person in time. The same goes for a thing. What if the thing no longer exists? The idea could be one that came to being during a specific time period. This can lead to many interesting conversations, especially if you all have ADD.

Enjoy this game and the trails it can take you down.

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