What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Word Central is an educational site that offers a full children's dictionary, word games, and daily buzzwords. The exercises included on this site give kids an opportunity to better their vocabulary and to learn about the origin of language. Word Central does a great job of catering their definitions to a younger audience and has clearly placed effort on providing appropriate terminology. A "Build Your Own Dictionary" section allows users to create their own words, parts of speech, and definitions. The only advertisements on site are promoting Merriam-Webster merchandise.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- defining problems
Engagement, Approach, Support
Word-loving kids will enjoy the interactive Merriam-Webster crossword puzzles and games. While there aren't very many games, the ones available are charming enough, and kids will love adding to the Build Your Own Dictionary.
Kids learn vocabulary definitions and spelling through repetition and practice. A spelling game offers different levels of difficulty for players and gives hints if words are too challenging.
Words are read aloud to kids in some games, and Robo-Bee provides cute clues and definitions. Educators will find a short list of reference books for improving reading and vocabulary from Merriam-Webster.
What's it about?
Interactive crossword puzzles and games serve to expand kids' vocabulary on Merriam-Webster's Word Central. Kids spell words that are read aloud to them in games such as Alpha-bot. Robo-Bee provides cute clues and definitions kids can use to solve word puzzles. Educators will find a short list of reference books for extending reading and vocabulary acquisition from the same mother publisher.
Is it any good?
WORD CENTRAL provides a safe place where kids can create their own dictionary, look up words, and play vocabulary games without worrying about online interaction from outside sources. Users can search for words directly in the search engine or alphabetically. Also, the "Thesaurus" and "Rhyming" categories offer lists of synonyms, antonyms, and rhyming words. The "For Educators" section is a bonus that provides a short history of the English Language, a list of book distributors, and links to more educational sites.
What's disappointing about this site is that the games are very few, there isn't a whole lot to do, and the site hasn't changed in years. With an update, the site could be spectacular.
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