My wonderful parents recently gave the kids and I a TON of fun homeschool stuff. The kids have really enjoyed working their way through the Travel the States workbook and using the flash cards to practice the capitals. Their new workbooks look anything but new. The pipe cleaners are all bent, and the I now have about 20 potholders from the very cool weaving loom.
One of the very favorite things we received was the game Quiddler. This is serious fun, people. The game is similar to rummy, but with letters. It's also similar to Scrabble. Basically, if Rummy and Scrabble got together and had a baby, it would be Quiddler.
Each card has a letter, or a combination of letters like "in" or "er." They've even thoughtfully included "qu." The first round, each player receives three cards, the next round four, and so on until each player receives ten cards. The winner of the round is the player who can put all of his or her cards into a word, and have one card to discard.
My oldest has trouble with spelling, reading, and phonics. I am ecstatic to say that he whooped up on us, including me- the Scrabble queen.
I would whole-hardheartedly recommend this game. It would make a great family gift, and it's very reasonably priced. We will be playing this game for a long, long time.
Don't remind the kids they are learning.