What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Word Joust 6-8 requires an Internet connection to play. Words are compiled from lists of most-used words in sixth- through eighth-grade literature. The hangman game hangs a cartoonish, yet realistic-looking, man rather than a stick figure. Though kids can log in with their Google accounts or submit their email addresses, there's no reason to do so as their progress is saved in the app. The default setting is to share scores on the global leaderboard, but that option can be turned off.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
The quest theme draws kids in. Fun games keep them playing.
Encountering the words in different games helps solidify learning, but memorizing the same definition for each encounter does not give much depth or transfer knowledge.
Games are intuitive, so not much help is needed. Excellent data tracking of words mastered and words still being learned ("apprenticed"), as well as of times and scores.
What's it about?
Kids become knaves in a medieval joust where they can either enter a quest and learn vocabulary from a list of 3,000 age-appropriate words or train by playing games with the words they've encountered in their quests. Games include Scramble (unscrambling mixed-up words); Troll Trickery (matching words to definitions); Labyrinth of Letters, a word search that is quite challenging; Cohorts of Swords (identifying the correct word as it crosses the screen); and Hangman. Kids move up from infantryman to archer and so on. Mastered words and "apprenticed" words (those introduced but not yet mastered) can be reviewed in Stats and on the Global Leaderboard.
Is it any good?
WORD JOUST 6-8 is a fun way for kids to practice word skills and develop their vocabularies. The mix of five games is varied enough that kids can practice different skills and use their brains in different ways. The words and definitions reflect varied meanings that could be encountered in YA lit. The short quests, which are only five words at a time, easily will hold preteen attention spans, and kids will stay challenged by the increasing difficulty of words as more quests are mastered.
Families can talk about...
Read to your kids and encourage them to read. Reading is the best vocabulary builder. Read our tips on How to Raise a Reader.
Some of the mini-games in Word Joust 6-8 are classics, including the word search and hangman. Challenge your kid to a pen-and-paper duel with one of these.