Using Scrabble to Practice Math and Reading - Kumon

Using Scrabble to Practice Math and Reading

Scrabble has been around for over fifty years and continues to be a top choice for board game lovers of all ages. However, Scrabble, like Monopoly, is a great game to not only build your children’s vocabulary  and critical thinking skills, but to  also help your children practice math.

  • Vocabulary

One of the critical aspects of Scrabble play is building words in order to score the highest possible points. When you play Scrabble with your children, you are helping them expand their vocabulary, as well as practice spelling and reading. Keep a dictionary handy and have your children look up the words that they do not know the definition of and have them try to use that new word in a sentence.

  • Critical Thinking

Although an extensive vocabulary can help give Scrabble players an edge, tile placement and word selection are just as important. For example, the word “burger” is only worth 8 points, but it could be worth 24 points if placed on top of a triple word score with the potential for more points.. Your children’s strategy and critical thinking skills can play an important role in maximizing their overall score. Encourage your children to pay attention to tile placement in addition to word selection, in order to maximize the amount of points each of their words can create.

  • Math Practice

Scrabble can help your children practice addition and multiplication. Since each letter in the game has a point value, and many spaces on the board can either double or triple your words, Scrabble presents your children with an excellent opportunity to practice math. Be sure that your children have all of the tools that they need to complete their calculations.

What are some additional benefits of playing Scrabble with your children?