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Thursday, January 21, 2010

C, CK, K Game

Two of my children are working through the Barton
Reading and Spelling program. You can find this program at Initially Princes was started into this program because of her diagnosis of dyslexia. Reading in particular spelling was a enormous challenge for her, whichspills over into other subjects of learning. I was told by specialists to read her ,her work and allow her to dictate things . I was not satisfied by this advice. I want my child to do these things on her own. Barton Reading and spelling has done just that for her. She is on reading level and beginning to progresswith her spelling levels. The lessons are presented to the adult first by CD. So that you can see how exactly to present the material to the child. There is a place to pause the CD so that you can practice out loud. Once
you are ready you will set up tiles, student pages and teacher guide in hand to begin. It is very easy to use. We work in Barton for about 20 minutes per day. Making lessons quick so that she retains more of the material. Many of the spelling rules were new to me yet made sense as I realized why I spell things the way I do. The rules are remembered by silly simple phrases. Below are examples of those...

For example in the game that I created
to go with the C, CK, K rule the phrases are Kiss the Cat, Magic Trick, Milk Truck , and Picnic Chicken Basket. These rules show the student when to use C or K at the beginning of a word. When to use CK, K , IC at the end of the word, and when to use C, Ck, K in the middle of a word. It can all be rather confusing even with the spelling rules. Which is why I created the game for them to practice.

When Superboy came along being a boy and slow at beginning to read. He began Barton as well. Boys love  playing games . Even though my two kids are at different levels the games still work great as a review or practice for the other student.

I created word cards with blanks where the C, K, CK, or IC
would go in its place.
C, Ck, K game link

   If you know these spelling rules you can use the cards to create your own game. I am sure you can find rules relating to these on the net for your game. The game is played like this...

     First you may have to create a game board. I have 3 of these boards laying around that I created last year. I used stickers, punches, scrapbook paper and file foldesr to create the boards. They are general and can be used for many different games.
You can make them as challenging or as easy as you like.

Print out the cards that I created, cut them apart and
lay them face down on the board. There are 2 pages of nonsense words. Words that aren't real but are following the spelling rules. The actual words are written at the bottom of the cardpages for teachers/moms . I also created Cards with the spelling rules on them so that they were visible to
the child. We rolled a dice to see who would go first. Then the first child picked a card. Read the word with the "k" or "IC" sound in the blank space. Then they are to decide what goes in the blank per the spelling rules. They are to state which rule or rules to use and then weather it uses a C, Ck, K or IC. For each right answer they move one space. So if they get all correct reading the word, giving the rule and the letter they couldmove a total of 3 spaces. My younger son would play too but by just rolling a dice and counting the number on the dice.He can also name his ABC from a flashcard stack. Either way
little ones can be involved too. We have played
several times now along with the regular lesson and as a review. It really seems to be helping them along.

As I side note we have used game boards like this one so much this year. I can create cards to go with the lesson and save them.

The children can choose their board and cards when playing games. I hope to create a few more boards in the future as these have become a very useful tool. I also want to keep the idea new and exciting by giving them more choices.

Warm Blessings,



  1. Dear Nikki, I would really love to have a copy of the c, ck and k game for my kiddos who are also going through the Barton program. When I clicked on it, it said the file link was not valid. Is there another link? Also, any other game ideas for this program would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing this. We needed some games that were more 'game-like' than the ones offered through the school.

  2. I apologize for the broken link I fixed it I think but here it is as well.

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