"Unlock a World of New Possibilities"
Hayden Jenner Reads BIGtime
I want to share our most recent video game development...
Today is the release of the World of Warcraft expansion pack (a
really big deal for those who know!!).
and doesn't HAVE to!
(and other stories, below...)
In support of this amazing, magical, inspiring game, that has SO
enriched our lives, I borrowed a car and drove to the mall at 11:30,
for the Midnight release.
My son, Hayden, 8, who will swear up and down that he doesn't like to
read, read this to me on the way home:
Official Expansion to the Game of the Year!
A few words he needed help pronouncing, but none I had to define for
him, he knew them all!!
You've taken Azeroth by storm. Now a dark frontier awaits. Beyond the
Dark Portal, the sinister agents of the Burning Legion have renewed
their demonic crusade to consume the magic of the universe and lay
waste to all in their path. From the black horrors of Hellfire
Citadel, to the opening of the Dark Portal itself—an infinity of new
Pilot Flying Mount - Navigate the shattered skies of Outland astride
netherdragons, wyverns, and other flying mounts. Many of Outland's most
remote and dangerous regions are accessible by air.
Battle to Level 70—Continue your rise to power all the way to level
70. Then unlock a world of new possibilities, piloting flying mounts,
exploring the fabled towers of Karazhan, battling in the Caverns of
Time and much, much more.
Master Two Bold New Races—whether embracing the mystical energies of
the blood elves or unleashing the light-given power of the draenei, new
realms of power and possibility await.
Seize the Dark Frontier—Explore the entire new continent of Outland
-- the shattered remains of the once beautiful orc homeworld, Draenor.(you can see the text as it appears on the box at the bottom of this page. —Sandra)
Mentally, I compare this passage with the other things I was compelled
to read at his age: Charlotte's Web, Little House series, Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory, etc. This vocabulary is way above what I was
offered at the same age—and I *loved* to read!! And that it comes
into our life via a videogame is a bonus
I'm not supportive of his gaming *because* it's educational... I
support his gaming because it is of direct benefit to who Hayden is, a
holistic benefit to our lives. The whole educational part is a bonus,
proof that indeed when we follow our hearts are minds are right there
with us, sucking up information and creating meaningful connections to
our new knowledge. Really, is there anything we do that doesn't teach
I'm so glad to be on this journey, side by side with the best Life
partner I could have, my child!
Diana Jenner (hahamommy)
What Hayden looked like on the day Diana wrote the above (playing Guitar Hero).
LJ Stewart wrote:
I completely credit the computer game, The Sims, for my daughter's
discovery and love of reading. She was about 8 years old and went from could
care less to devouring books in a matter of days- was quite remarkable. I
was struck this week the same way when I was helping my 3 year old son use a
mouse on Monday and the next day he was dragging and dropping like a pro :-)
My daughter "learned" to read because she "needed" to read in order to
enjoy more aspects of the game.
I don't know why words written on a monitor have less value to other parents
then words written in a book.. I see this come up time again- even on other
unschooling lists.. At the risk of sounding mommy-er than thou, Moms and
dads proud to call them unschoolers but OF COURSE limit those dreadful tv
and video games.... makes me crazy :-)
Mrs Stranahan added:
My youngest is 5. He LOVES his video games. We have an xbox, 2 Nintendo DS hand held things and a PlayStation. He used to have to have to get someone else to read what was on the screen. Gradually that became less and less and at this point it doesn't happen often. I really believe he learned to read because of his huge interest in the games.
He will usually pass on having a book read to him but sometimes I'll find him with a game manual or some Star Wars dictionary books we have and he likes gamer type magazines, too.
Long live the video game!
After Pat quit school, he refused to read a book. He hates them.
Thank you school for teaching my son to hate reading books. My son
has never read a book since school and that was five years ago. He's
had not even one minute of a reading lesson since school. Yet his
reading is excellent. He developed his reading skills from reading
videogame manuals and web pages of cheats and walkthroughs and from
videogames themselves, some of which have an enormous amount of text
in the gameplay that you need to be able to read to play at all.
Pat's motivation for developing his reading skills came not from
being told it was something he needed but from his own understanding
of how it would help him get what he wanted.
There's no more powerful form of motivation, probably.
I (Sandra) wrote this to Bob:
Bob, I added this to a reading-from-videogames page. How old was
when he came home?
...and Bob wrote:
Cool. He was seven.
We played a lot together in the first couple of years. Old games on
the Nintendo 64 (he started on that when he was three); mostly Super
Smash Bros and WWE Day of Reckoning on the Game Cube; dozens of dinky
little games we turned up on the internet. We also played Pokemon and
other card games together - Yugioh was very big for ages. Then
Runescape was his big passion on the PC for a long time. And Empire
Earth. I did play those a bit myself, but they're not really my kind
of game. I'm definitely 'old school'. Pat prefers the complex games
that require more sophisticated thinking and tactical skills.
He's left me completely behind since he got his Xbox 360 for
Christmas and plays online mostly these days (which has added new
interpersonal skills). The game we play most together at the moment
is Tony Hawk's Project 8, which is totally awesome.
an Unschooling Nest