Sunday, May 6, 2012
Homonyms for Me 1-2-3 is a creatively designed card game that uses a "secret decoder" flashlight to provide the correct answer. Each card features different words that have more than one meaning, with three fill-in-the-blank sentences. Three word choices are provided beneath the three fill-in-the-blank sentences. The job of the student is to choose the word that completes all of the sentences on the card. After the student makes a choice, the student may shine the special decoder flashlight on the word choices to see if he/she made the correct word choice.
Right off the bat, the game is attractive to a child who doesn't like "school" because of the way cool flashlight decoder. The learner with unique needs, developmental delays, an aversion to all things school may be drawn to this particular game just because of the flashlight. Mine is.
The 60 cards are slightly larger than playing cards and are laminated so that they are sturdy. They come in a tin box that reminds me of a smaller version of the lunch box I took to school when I was a child. The game is priced at $24.95.
Each card contains just one task, which is really attractive to our situation, because a long worksheet sends my child's anxiety soaring. We sit down and complete one or two cards at a time, she feels successful and not overwhelmed, and she learns. She can sit down with the game alone and flash the light on the cards to fill in the blanks with the correct answer before reading the questions, too, so that she doesn't feel "quizzed". (We still see what I describe as post-traumatic stress from all the discreet trial where she was required to have the one-right-answer all of the time.)
If you are looking for resources that are outside the traditional worksheet box, I recommend this one. We have had a good experience with it. The most difficult part of the game is getting the batteries into the decoder flashlight correctly if you spill them when you are trying to remove the protective strip from the battery to make the decoder work. (After I spilled the battery, I learned that there is a "how to" video here: http://www.superduperinc.com/products/view.aspx?pid=DEC22&view=HowToVideo)
Super Duper sent me the Homonyms for Me 1-2-3 game to review for you at no cost to me. I was not paid for this review. I am not obligated to provide a positive review.