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05/15/17

Learning Through Playing Scrabble!

Team Phlly Neat display their trophies for thier 3rd place finish at the Nation Scrabble Championships.

(Right) Children’s Village School-Age Program student, Michael Urciuoli, and Ben Partyka, from Masterman School, display their trophies for their team’s 3rd place finish at the National Scrabble Championships.

Reflecting our belief in learning through play, Children’s Village hosts a Scrabble Club in partnership with ASAP Scrabble, a citywide initiative of After School Activities Partnerships.  Students in our School-Age Program enjoy weekly play and citywide ASAP Scrabble events.  Complementing classroom lessons by strengthening reading, vocabulary, dictionary, and mathematical skills, Scrabble offers students, including our large population of English language learners, an exciting and engaging way to learn.

Michael and Lead School-Age teacher Miss Jamila pose in front of the classroom Word Wall, another facet of our literacy-rich environment.

Michael and Lead School-Age teacher Miss Jamila pose in front of  the classroom’s Word Wall, another facet of our literacy-rich environment.

Children’s Village is proud of all of our ASAP Scrabble players and is delighted to share a recent success on a national stage. Our School-Age Program student, Michael Urciuoli, and his partner, Ben Partyka, from Masterman School, earned third place at the 2017 North American School Scrabble Championships. Held in Foxborough, MA, the annual tournament features the strongest Scrabble players (grades 4-12) from across the nation and Canada competing in eight hour-long rounds. Michael’s achievement is especially notable because he was the only 3rd grader competing (ASAP Scrabble requested special permission because Michael is such a talented player.)  Michael and Ben’s team, called NEAT “Next Excruciatingly Awesome Team,” was among the 32 teams competing in the Challenger Division.

"Best Winter Word" winners pose with their first place medals.

“Best Winter Word” winners pose with their first place medals at ASAP Winter Classic Scrabble competition.

Children’s Village students also found success playing in ASAP’s Winter Classic Scrabble competition in Philadelphia.  Students enjoyed testing their skills and won awards for use of the “Best Winter Word”

“Together with ASAP Scrabble, our teachers continue to set the stage for educational success for our School-Age Program students,” says Mary Graham, Executive Director.  “Through our School-Age Program’s Project Based Learning (PBL) instructional approach, students explore their own creative interests.  While the classroom offers structure and sets high expectations, it is infused with play.  ASAP Scrabble helps students increase their vocabulary, improve their spelling, and develop good sportsmanship skills –and especially important, they have fun!” says Mary.

ASAP Scrabble’s End of Year Tournament “KEEP CALM and SCRABBLE ON” will take place on Tuesday, June 6 from 1-5pm at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. In this exciting event, ASAP Scrabble invites up to 200 Scrabble students from around the city to come together and play competitive Scrabble! The event will include an official NASPA (North American Scrabble Players Association) sanctioned tournament division. Students will have the chance to win trophies as well as fantastic Scrabble-themed prizes and its a great great way to students to meet peers across the city to share their love of the game. Scroll for information!

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At the Winter Classic, students make new words on the Scrabble Rug.

Students focus on thier Scrabble board during the Winter Classic.

(above and below) Students focus on their Scrabble board during the Winter Classic.

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Adopting a ‘whole child’ approach, the School-Age Program provides intensive literacy support; builds math, science, social studies, and computer knowledge; promotes conflict resolution and social emotional development; fosters creative expression, and offers healthy meals and physical activity. Today, 145 school-age children (K-7th) are enrolled.

ASAP Keep Calm and Scrabble On Youth Scrabble Tournament

 
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