I was playing Scrabble with the kids last night. To even the playing field I let them look up words in the Official Scrabble Dictionary before they take their turn. That doesn't help much with placement and maximizing points, but it helps their minds branch out and try new possibilities as well as learn new words. Last night we found that "qi" and "za" are accepted words. Then Steph started coming up with words like "ataxia" and "biota". Josh and I were incredulous she'd come up with words like that but then she'd open the dictionary and show us. But our doubts were well founded. The little sneak was using her iTouch to enter her letters at Win Every Game.
New rule: No iTouch allowed during Scrabble games.