WELCOME TO PEGGYKAYE.COM:
A WEB SITE OF GAMES AND ACTIVITIES EXCERPTED FROM THE FIVE BOOKS OF
EDUCATIONAL GAMES WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY PEGGY KAYE.
WHO IS PEGGY KAYE?
Well, that would be me. But my name doesn't tell you very much, so
allow me to continue. (Or feel free to scroll your way past this
bit of biographical history.)
I started teaching children in the early 1970s. Somehow, in eight
years, I managed to teach every grade from kindergarten through sixth.
Whenever possible, I invented games to use with my students -- games to
help them master crucial skills. Thinking that parents might enjoy
these activities, I started sending home a newsletter with game
instructions. Not all the games were hits, but quite a few were.
After a time, I had a slew of parent tested and child approved activities.
It occurred to me that I might even have enough for a book. Fortunately,
I met an editor who thought parents (and teachers, too) would be receptive
to a book of educational games. The result:
Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your
Four books followed -- a book of math games, Games
for Math, a book of games to help children learn to write,
Games for Writing, a book of reading, writing,
and math games, Games for Learning, and a book
of games based on classic children's books, Games with
Books. All-in-all, that's 358 games.
WHY START A WEBSITE?
All of the games in the GAMES books are decidedly and purposely low-tech.
For the most part, all that's needed to play are: a willing adult, an
interested child, and a few easy-to-obtain items like paper, crayons,
or a deck of cards. I hope that peggykaye.com will offer a high-tech
way to make these low-tech games accessible to a growing audience of
parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, friends.
Right now at peggykaye.com you can:
- download a handful of the 358 games in the five Games books
- download drawings for your child to color
- use links to visit other interesting sites
Soon, there will be a new set of games, new pages to color and an extended games chart.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
Here are some possibilities:
An archive of games
A message board to share games, experiences, thoughts.
A question and answer service.