Animal Crossing

Nintendo

We got this game last year for our 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter after hearing it recommended by James Gee, a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin. It's a fun role-playing game in which players take on the role of a young character who moves to a new town and has to work his or her way up in life by doing jobs for the other characters they meet as they play. Although there's plenty of fun graphics, it's reading that's the key to this game: kids read every step of their way through the game. It was a challenge at first, but it quickly motivated our reluctant 6 year old son, and it's been a delight to hear our 4 year old daughter reading alound as she plays! Another delight of the game is its awareness of time: in the game world, it snows in the winter, holidays are celebrated, and special events happen at certain times on special days.

Topic: language arts
Age Level: preschool
You'll use it: weekly

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