Homeschool Forum suggests adding a dose of FUN to homeschool curriculum with the You’ve been Sentenced! word game

You've been Sentenced! word game, 2013, YBS10010Homeschooling families and co-ops know that fun beats boring in the classroom any day of the week. Homeschool Forum’s Sara Rask recently offered some tips to teachers in the article “A Little Something Up My Sleeve,” which included, among other great suggestions, the You’ve been Sentenced! word game!

Here’s a little of what Rusk had to say:

“experienced homeschoolers keep a little something up their sleeve to enliven and enlighten their students’ days. Ok, I’m talking about fun here. Fun is not a bad thing, and fun that involves learning or review is a win-win. It can be something as simple as making a big cookie and using frosting for the continents…

If your students are old enough, have them come up with the fun little activity. Let them make a video or teach a lesson to the younger siblings. A sneaky by-product of these little ideas is that Mom gets a break from being the instructor to interact and enjoy their children while still keeping to the content of their lessons.

What to do if you are a Mom who can’t come up with these little diversions off the cuff? Not on Pinterest or other idea websites? Never fear, here are some suggestions for you too from the Rainbow Resource website:

  • Professor Nogin card games in many different topics
  • Dover science and nature coloring books
  • Magic Schoolbus kits
  • Spot it! games
  • Allowance math game
  • Timeline American history game
  • Classwords vocabulary games
  • Pentomino Puzzles for logic
  • You’ve Been Sentenced! for writing/grammar
  • Farkel for math”

To read the article in its entirety, please visit  “A Little Something Up My Sleeve.”

While you’re here, enter our giveaway for a copy of the You’ve been Sentenced! word game, country music edition. Retail $30. Ends 11-1-2014.

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Mark your calendars! International Games Day @ Your Library is November 15!

International Games Day LogoMore than one thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the 7th annual International Games Day @ your library on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

International Games Day @ your library is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and auspiced by the American Library Association, in partnership with Nordic Game Day and the Australian Library and Information Association, to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

If you’re a game lover and would like to participate, you can learn more about this exciting event at International Games Day.

While you’re here, enter our giveaway for a copy of the You’ve been Sentenced! word game, country music edition. Retail $30. Ends 11-1-2014.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

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Australian Literacy Academy suggests the You’ve been Sentenced! word game to improve creative writing skills!

ALAIn the article, “How to Improve Your Child’s Creative Writing Skills” by Liana Chandler at the Australian Literacy Academy, the You’ve been Sentenced! word game was cited as a fun method to improve skills.

Chandler says, “The ability to write well is vitally important to do well in school and in a career, as many jobs require writing, even if only to communicate via email. Traditionally, little teaching of creative writing has been done until the upper primary, and even then, it often takes a back seat to other subjects. It is possible, though, to improve your child’s creative writing skills through encouragement, supporting the teacher’s efforts at home, and teaching some writing skills yourself. The following steps provide you with ideas and methods to help make your child a better writer….

You've been Sentenced! word game, 2013, YBS10010Play games with words. Word games include not just commercially available board or card games, but brainstorming games as well. Following are examples of both commercial and brainstorming games you can play with your child, some of which you can follow with actual writing projects:

Scrabble, Unspeakable Words, Bananagrams, or Boggle are great vocabulary building games. With Unspeakable Words, which requires players to keep a list of already used words, you can use that word list as a list of story prompts.

Games such as You’ve Been Sentenced! provide opportunities for sentence building. In addition to playing the regular game, you can have your child take a group of game cards and try to come up with the most ridiculous sentence he or she can think of.”

To read more great tips, visit the Australian Literacy Academy.

While you’re here, enter our giveaway for a copy of the You’ve been Sentenced! word game, country music edition. Retail $30. Ends 11-1-2014.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

Need more fun and games? Find You’ve been Sentenced! on TWITTER and Like us on FACEBOOK  for special offers, coupons, and insider gaming news!

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#GIVEAWAY Country music never sounded sweeter! 3 will win the You’ve been Sentenced! word game country music edition!

YBSCM_boxtop4_smlIf you’ve been watching The Voice, you’ll recognize the lovely Allison Bray from Season 6. She’s back again and better than ever. Of course, as huge country music fans, we are a little biased, but we think Allison could go all the way!

If you love country music, too, this giveaway is for you…

What do you get when you take the multi-award winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game and add words like tractor, cowboy hat and achy-break-y heart? The You’ve been Sentenced! Country Music Edition, of course!

Game play for the You’ve been Sentenced! Country Music Edition mirrors the perennially popular original game, but now you can add all-new fun (and funny!) words like calf-roping, deep-fried Oreos, and Dairy Princess to your wacky sentences.

Remember, you don’t need to come from Nashville to love this game – the You’ve been Sentenced! Country Music is for country music enthusiasts everywhere. (Retail $29.95)

Now, WIN a copy using the RAFFLECOPTER form below.

Giveaway is available for readers 18+ in the USA only. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Contest ends November 1, 2014. Good luck y’all!

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DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated in any way with The Voice or Allison Bray. We just love them both!

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Looking for an educational game? My Fab Fit Forties says the You’ve been Sentenced! word game “gets the wheels turning!”

You've been Sentenced! word game, 2013, YBS10010My Fab Fit Forties is a great site for anyone who wants to embrace a healthier lifestyle for mind and body. Recently, site editor Gigi reviewed the You’ve been Sentenced! word game as an opportunity to maintain brain health. Here’s a little of what she had to say:

“It’s actually a very educational game no matter what your age is.  If you haven’t been in school for a while, it will all come flooding back to you as you put your sentence together properly! If you’ve got kids who are at the age where they’re learning this, it can really help them not only absorb what they’re learning even more, but you’ll find that they can actually teach you – especially when they’re on the jury and explaining why your sentence doesn’t work!

While the game is meant for ages 8+, we actually played it with my nephew who is 5.  It’s great for not only helping them with reading, but for also helping them recognize “hey, that doesn’t make any sense!!” when you come up with silly sentences….it’s a perfect chance to say “well, what would work better?” and really get the wheels turning in their minds as they try 

My husband has actually brought “You’ve Been Sentenced” to school and will be using it with his students and at the after-school games club.”

To read the entire review, visit Gigi at My Fab Fit Forties. PLUS, Gigi will be offering a You’ve been Sentenced! word game giveaway soon, so check back!

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

Need more fun and games? Find You’ve been Sentenced! on TWITTER and Like us on FACEBOOK  for special offers, coupons, and insider gaming news!

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