Oh, this sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait to see what my kiddo thinks of it – maybe this is the answer to the lackluster summer reading program at our local library this year.
PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced the launch of The Great Word Quest, an innovative new feature of the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Web site (readytolearnreading.org) that provides literacy games for children ages six to eight. The Great Word Quest allows kids to play learning games with characters, themes and ideas from favorite PBS KIDS GO! television programs THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, WORD GIRL, and MARTHA SPEAKS.
The Great Word Quest takes kids on virtual adventures designed to scaffold and improve core literacy skill development. Joining one of three teams — the Aquanauts, Trailblazers or Skyscrapers — players advance through literacy-based scavenger hunts to earn words that they can then use to play games and create their own silly stories. These activities help kids strengthen critical reading skills, such as phonics, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. Perhaps most importantly, a Progress Tracker charts a child’s progress for parents and teachers and provides customized activities that help make reading a part of everyday life.
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If your kid’s not quite old enough for The Great Word Quest, take a look at PBS Kids Island, on the same site, which is aimed at the 3-6 year old set.