.99 Cent Learning Sale

Until August 29, there is a huge back to school sale going on for learning tools on the Kindle.  Pick from a variety of fun games that help kids with spelling, math, and Shakespeare Trivia.  Some of these games are $3 and up, so grab them while they’re cheap!

One game I was particularly intrigued by is Letter Landers.  It is a matching game.  The player matches pairs until all of the tiles are gone.  Once everything is matched up, letter shaped aliens come in and spell words based on your matches.  What a creative way to get kids interested in learning about their letters.

Do you have young, elementary age children, who would love to try out your Kindle, but they’re just not to the age where reading is natural for them?  DigiRonin games has a growing collection of spelling and math games for the e-reader.  your children can learn their food and animal names while improving on their letters and spelling skills.  This whole collection include quizzes that can tet your child’s mastery of the subjects.  I hope that this company will add science and social studies trivia at some point.

If you want to challenge yourself in foreign languages, try the Spelling Star Spanish Edition.  It has anagrams and other word challenges.  Kind of makes my brain hurt to think about it.  But, this is a great idea and is very interactive.  I hope they’ll add other languages soon.

You can’t go wrong with the Scripps Spelling Bee’s Kindle game.  It includes many of the words that were featured in the National Bee.  You also have a number of challenges to choose from.  For more information about Scripps Spelling Bee, check out the Scripps Spelling Bee post that I wrote a couple months ago.

I am really excited about the fact that the Kindle is being used in elementary schools.  It has been slow to catch on in schools, but Kindles in classrooms are becoming a little more common.  Games like these featured in the sale are good ways to make learning interesting.  Not to mention the excitement that a cool new gadget brings!




Scripps Spelling Bee Word Games – Kindle Edition

In honor of the Scripps Spelling Bee Finals going on June 2, THQ has an exciting new Kindle app available called Scripps Spelling Bee: Word Games for $2.99.

The National Scripps Spelling Bee is held annually the week after Memorial Day in Washington DC and started in 1925.  This year’s dates were May 31-June 2. The Bee includes spellers from a good number of countries, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Europe.  The spellers enter the National Bee once they have won a number of local spelling bees in their area.

The Spelling Bee Kindle app includes three games: Word Search, Honeycomb Hunt, and Mystery Bee.

Scripps Spelling Bee includes four levels of difficulty: easy, medium, hard and extreme.  The varying levels allows spellers of all ages try their hand at this fun and interactive game.

Mystery Bee is a lot like Hangman.  You try to guess the letters of a word, and if you get it wrong, a body part appears.  Make sure you don’t miss enough to hang the whole body!  The difference in this case is that instead of a human stick figure, the body parts are of a bee.  Don’t get discouraged if you can’t figure out a word, there are clues available if you need them.

Honeycomb Hunt consists of a honeycomb that is filled with scrambled letters.  Try to rotate the letters to create all of the words in the grid.  Each letter is in their own individual hexagon, and make sure you don’t disturb finished words when you create new ones.

Word Search is a grid of scrambled letters.  I’m sure you are familiar with this one.  You find words vertically, horizontally, and diagonally.  The added twist with this version of Word Search is that you only have ten minutes to find all of the words.  Talk about added pressure!

I think that games are a much more exciting way to study words than strict memorization, and everyone can join in on the fun too.  I hope that they will do similar Kindle games to help study for the SAT or GRE.