Last night my youngest son wanted to play UpWords instead of doing his regular spelling and I just said yes. I think it's important to follow the schedule and the rules most of the time, but sometimes, it's nice just to say yes to a more relaxed way of doing things. It was good for him. He got the rule of doubling the consonant at the end of a word when you add -ed or -ing reinforced over and over throughout the game. He beat me, but I gave him 150 points to start with so I don't know if he really gets to have bragging rights.