2016-2017 Best Children’s Reading Games
In my humble opinion, anything that makes reading – and even the idea of reading – more fun is a good thing! When reading is approached as something that is enjoyable, a child’s chances for a higher literacy level are greatly increased.
With that said, reading games can give a whole new dimension to fun in reading – they are entertaining and also help to improve letter and sound recognition, as well as understanding of words.
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Marianne Szymanski of "Toy Tips" offers some tips for back to school shopping for viewers of Fox Chicago Network, including The Reading Game, and how it can help your child get a jump start reading.
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Over 50 parent teacher bloggers attended the EdMarket Associations's national conference to review educational products for the classroom and home. The Reading Game was picked by bloggers as the number two most popular product in show out of the top ten "Teacher Trendsetter" check out www.edexpo.com for blogger and show information!
Keep in mind that learning to read is not easy. Look at it this way: the ear is the primary organ receiving the language signal and the medium is vibrations in air. Learning to speak and hear, to send and receive these aerial vibrations comes naturally for children.
Then, at a certain stage, it becomes imperative for the child to learn a whole new way of communication. The medium is now ink marks on paper (or their digital equivalent), and the primary organ for receiving the signal is no longer the ear but the eye. Looked at in this way, learning to read, to successfully make the transition to a totally different medium, is a feat worthy of the highest praise.
They are also deserving of the best tools for the job. My daughter, Erika Bird, and I created The Reading Game. As author of the Wordly Wise vocabulary textbook series used in over 10,000 school systems in the U.S., for more than 40 years, I make the extraordinary claim that I have developed “a vaccine against illiteracy.”
The process is simple, and can teach virtually any child to read. It has been particularly successful teaching struggling readers, dyslexic, and autistic students. It works by feeding the student words in measured doses, five at a time, through game play, in a word-matching “memory” game. For each word, the aerial vibrations received by the ear match a particular set of marks on paper, and this correlation becomes locked into long-term memory. It is rote learning in a new form, through play. That’s why I call my learn-to-read program The Reading Game. Students never get bored or disheartened; the game is over in just a few minutes.
Once the first five words are locked into long-term memory, the process is repeated five more times. Now the student knows 30 words and is able to read the 32-page book that tells the tale of a skunk who is rejected, finds acceptance and ultimately triumphs. The student will read the story without stumbling or hesitation because it is told using only the 30 words hard-wired into long-term memory. By the time the student has finished the series, the student has learned 180 vocabulary words, many of them hard-to-learn Dolch sight words, and will have successfully read six full-length storybooks.
Kenneth Hodkinson has taught English from elementary to college level in the U.S., Canada, and England. He is the author of the educational vocabulary text book series, Wordly Wise. He is also author of the learn-to-read game The Reading Game, now in its second edition.
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Erika Bird was standing in front of a table ready to demonstrate The Reading Game at the Toy Fair in New York when I first met her. Could The Reading Game be about reading, I wondered. Yes, Bird said, when I asked. I have a five-year-old, I explained. And an eight year old. I know BOB books like they’re going out of style. Her system was an alternative to BOB, she said, when I told her of my children’s devotion to the early reader books created by a teacher named Bobby Lynn Maslen.
And The Reading Game was invented by Bird’s father, Kenneth Hodkinson, known for his Wordly Wise vocabulary series.
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The Reading Game 2nd Ed is featured in a great video of the best educational games from this year's NY Toy Fair! Check out the Educated Mom's Blog on her top Toy Fair picks at:
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/
To publish the 2nd edition of their award-winning learn to read program, “The Reading Game,” a San Diego based father/daughter business came up with an innovative way to raise funds for printing costs AND help children in need through a national literacy non-profit.
Partnering with First Book, the “Give the Gift of Early Literacy” campaign was launched yesterday on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo.com.
Kenneth Hodkinson, the author of The Reading Game, is also the author of the best-selling Wordly Wise series of vocabulary builders. Encompassing all grades from K through 12, Wordly Wise is the gold standard in vocabulary development and is used in over 10,000 school systems in the United States, including many of the country’s most elite schools.
Working with his daughter, Erika Bird, The Reading Game was first launched two years ago. Thousands of parents and over 150 school systems now use “The Reading Game” in their classrooms and over 30 retailers stock the game in stores across the United States. ”The Reading Game” is used internationally in Singapore, Bermuda, The Philippines, Korea, Australia, England,Canada, New Zealand, etc.. It’s won four awards including the Dr Toy Best Picks for Children’s Products, The Tillywig Brain Child Award, Homeschool.com’s Seal of Approval and Top Educational Gift Pick of 2011, and The Family Review Center’s Gold Award. The game was also featured on national TV in a news piece on developing literacy through game play with National Association of Elementary School Principals.
As a small, family business poised to make the jump to the next level and publish a second, enhanced edition of their game, they needed additional capital to make it happen. In making that jump, they also wanted to do good by helping build the foundations of literacy for children residing in some of the hardest economically hit regions of the country. Indiegogo.com allows projects to raise funds AND make charitable donations.
The “Give the Gift of Early Literacy Campaign” will help offset the printing costs of the 2nd edition AND donate much needed learn-to-read materials to some of the millions of children served by First Book. For every $25 pledged, First Book will receive a copy of “The Reading Game” to provide to a child in need. This $25 can be met through $1, $5 or $25 donations. When pledging at the $25 level, the backer can choose to receive their own pre-release copy of the game at $10.00 off retail or donate the game to First Book. There are also deeply discounted retailer reward levels for wholesale purchases of the games. The campaign runs through December 4th.
About First Book: First Book is a non-profit social enterprise that has distributed more than one hundred million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States andCanada. By making new, high quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. www.firstbook.org
About The Reading Game: Make learning to read, fast, fun and effective with The Reading Game.These fast paced memory card games with accompanying flashcards and content-rich storybooks can help ANY child learn to read without frustration. The staged learning format first teaches individual words, followed by short phrases using those words, and then graduates to a full-length storybook. This format ensures success – even for struggling readers. Ages 4 + MSRP$34.95 www.thereadinggame.com
Eternal Encouragement's July/August issue features Ken Hodkinson's article, 'Write and Wrong: Teaching the Language of Reading' on page 29. Click here to read the article in their digital magazine!
Check out this Multi-sensory Teaching of Language Skills Paper featuring "The Reading Game." This paper was written for a Masters in Education Class and discusses how "The Reading Game" effectively teaches sight words and gets kids reading!
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Rosehill Christian School Teacher wins $1000 prize at International Conference for local school.
International Reading Association (IRA) member and Tomball, TX resident, Shelly Burdick, got a perfect set of matches for "The Reading Game Challenge" at the IRA's annual conference in San Antonio last week, winning $1000.00 for her school, Rosehill Christian School of Tomball, Texas. Playing the concentration matching game with The Reading Game's word cards, Shelly turned a perfect set of matches for the five words in the challenge: can, me, is, not, cat, she. "As she got to the last four cards, the excitement was building!" said Erika Bird, publisher of the award winning learn to read game. "Shelly was in disbelief when she learned she won the $1000.00 prize, but her disbelief quickly turned to joy."
About Rosehill Christian School: http://www.rcseagles.org/ :
Rosehill Christian School provides Christ-centered education for the academically advanced student through scholarship, athletics, the arts, and in service to the community. The campus is located at 19830 FM 2920 in Tomball. To learn more, visit their website at www.rcseagles.org.
About The Reading Game: www.thereadinggame.com :
Develop literacy through game play and build confidence in reading with The Reading Game. These fast-action memory card games with accompanying content-rich storybooks can help any child learn to read without frustration! The game teaches Dolch and High Frequency Words for K and 1st Grade and is aligned to the Common Core. A Tillywig, Dr. Toy, Family Review and Homeschool Award winner. Includes 6 decks of brightly colored cards, 6 illustrated storybooks, and Parent’s Guide. It is a two player card game, with independent readers. By the author of Wordly Wise. Ages 4 and up, plus suitable for struggling readers.
About The Intl Reading Association: www.reading.org :
Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.
Dr. Toy's - Toys for Smart Play PRESS RELEASE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. -September 26, 2012
"Dr. Toy's Best Picks Children’s Products 2012" awards announced today is now available to parents, teachers andothers in the online magazine, Dr. Toy's Guide, at http://www.drtoy.com. Amongst this year's picks is The Reading Game.
“Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Children's Products” Awards Program 2012 was developed by noted play and child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating new toys and products for children. Read more....
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The Reading Game was featured on the morning talk show, The Balancing Act, which airs on LifetimeTV, on October 16th, 2012.
Appearing alongside Rob Monson, President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the segment is about "Developing literacy through game play." Watch the segment here by clicking "play" below on the TV screen, or for a full screen version click here.
Tune in to Lifetime TV on Tuesday, October 16th at 7am, to watch The Reading Game featured on Lifetime Television!
"This is a remarkable game - fun, fast-paced, and highly effective at helping kids learn to read. It consists of six illustrated storybooks, each of which is accompanied by a deck of cards containing the 30 words used in the book's story. Before opening a book, a series of 6 simple word-matching games is played with its corresponding deck during which the student becomes familiar with the book's words. Each game moves quickly, with a winner every few seconds. Only once the student can read all 30 words without hesitation is the book brought into play. The student then experiences the pride and sheer pleasure of successfully reading the story. The games within each deck, and the decks and books themselves, are used in a specified sequence that makes the process unfurl in a highly systematic way that feels utterly natural, leading to a pleasurable experience for both student and tutor. The stories themselves, while purposefully simple, are professionally written and highly entertaining. Excellent!' - The Tillywig Brain Child Award Judging Panel Review, 2012.
Keep an eye out in the Fall of 2013 for The Magic Stories - the follow up to The Reading Game. Undergoing field tests in classrooms and homes in the Fall of 2012. For information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeschool.com Picks The Reading Game as a Top Educational Gift Pick of 2011, and awards it the 2012 Homeschool.com Seal of Approval!
December, 2011 The Reading Game is excellent for the homeschooler learning who is struggling to read. The Reading Game has proved effective in helping to boost confidence and literacy skills in children who have had a difficult time learning to read. This game makes reading fun - and gives your child the tools to read with confidence! Read More.....
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When Kenneth Hodkinson first developed his “vaccine against illiteracy,” he followed a long-standing tradition by testing it first on a member of his own family, his granddaughter Ashleen. The Reading Game's results exceeded Ken’s best hopes: Ashleen, while not yet in kindergarten, learned to read in just over a week. But, of course, the tests that really count are the ones carried out independently, without bias, and with the participants having no stake in the outcome. They’re called field trials.
The opportunity for such field trials came when the San Luis Obispo Family Care Network in California agreed to try out The Reading Game. Its website describes FCN as a private, non-profit children and families services provider. Established in 1987 for the purpose of creating family-based treatment programs as an alternative to group home or institutional care for children and youth, the agency now operates multiple, accredited programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals. In its more than twenty-year history, FCN has grown to serve over 2,000 children, youth and families annually in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Many of those served by FCN are handicapped by poor and undeveloped reading skills.
Jay Turner is the education coordinator at FCN and thought that The Reading Game might have a role to play in the agency’s efforts to improve the reading ability of those falling behind. He established a number of tutor/student partnerships. Each tutor was given a copy of The Reading Game and allowed to proceed without any interference and with the sole requirement to provide a brief report on the “learn to read” program’s effectiveness.
Here are a few excerpts from reports from schools in California’s Central Coast which participated in the field study:
“The cards offered many opportunities to play different games. We played Go Fish
and a Memory Matching game.”
“My student was anxious
to get to the next book.”
“Directly after the game,
the learning curve was sharp.”
“I found the game to be a phenomenal tool for memory and reading. There is nothing I would change about the game.”
The Reading Game has also proved effective in helping to boost confidence and literacy skills in children who have had a difficult time learning to read. The feedback below is from the tutor of a student who is a fourteen-year-old male.
“Although he was in the 8th grade, his STAR reading scores showed that he had a first-grade reading level. He loved The Reading Game, which is amazing since he has never had success at reading before. I think he liked it so much because of the success he had with the game and books. He really liked everything about it. He said, ‘It was fun, easy, and I really liked the short stories. Thanks for letting me try it.’ The only thing that wasn’t perfect was that the student resisted any kind of testing. He just wouldn’t do anything that resembled a test, but I know that he learned new words. All in all it worked wonderfully. He would
love to have continued with more of the same.”
From this great start the field studies were expanded for The Reading Game. We included day care centers, home schooling parents, kindergarten teachers working with mainstream children, and those working with kids who are struggling with learning to read. With that in mind, we sent requests for participants for the field study all over the USA. Below is a sampling of the feedback we received about The Reading Game.
“We’ve been playing a new game at our house called The Reading Game (it’s put out by the author of Wordly Wise — which I really LIKE a lot!) and we both enjoy playing AND learning as we play. This was the easiest set-up for a game and a fantastic way to improve reading skills. I KNEW that The Reading Game would be a good fit for our family. Kenneth Hodkinson has another great success with it!...”
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“LOVED This game. We will play this with
our non-reading children
and grandchildren for years to come!”
Krista LaRocque, Parent
“As a Mom with three active children…one thing that is a MUST for me is: anything that comes into our home must be a good value and be self contained. I truly can not handle anything that has poor craftsmanship. This game definitely fits the bill. The box is sturdy, the cards are made to last and the books capture my little guy’s attention. Truth-be-known…his big sister (who is eight) has been enjoying the games, too! … I give The Reading Game two thumbs up. And….I’ll let you in on a secret….I have had my 8 and 9 year old play with the little guy “to help Mommy” some nights while I cook dinner. What they did not realize is that…it was helping them with their reading, as well! ....”
.… Read the full review: Have Fun with The Reading Game | Mom's Mustard Seed
“I LOVE IT!!!! I can’t contain it until the middle of the post! I had to tell you right off the bat, The Reading Game is awesome!!... I am so very pleased with the results. Whether you are working with a brand new reader, or a reader with special needs, The Reading Game can help..…”
Read the Full Review: Creative Learners » The Reading Game – A TOS Review“It was sooooo much fun to play! …How do I know it works? Well, (my son) can write and read the words weeks later. I give him a “spelling test” and asked him to write his 5 words. We look for those words when we are out, on menus or signs, even on labels. We hunt for them inside books. They are being locked into his memory, and that is evidenced by squeals from the back seat as we drive around town doing errands, squeals that nearly make me levitate”
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“ANYONE CAN LEARN TO READ. This is the motto over at The Reading Game. I’ll have to admit, reading just hasn’t “clicked” for my youngest yet. With his developmental delays, and his challenges with processing information, etc., he is still struggling with reading. The Reading Game is proving to be a fun way for him to learn word recognition, though!...” Read the full review: Life at Rossmont » Blog Archive » TOS Review: The Reading Game
“There are many great things to be said about The Reading Game, one of which was stated during a field study in a learning environment, "I found the game to be a phenomenal tool for memory and reading. There is nothing I would change about the game." The Reading Game makes learning to read entertaining and exciting. What kid wouldn’t want to play games and read all at the same time? What fun! …”
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"All the students love the concentration memory game piece and the stories about animals are age appropriate/engaging (even my third grader with learning disabilities loves it and doesn’t find it babyish)." Nicole Thoen
Instructional Intervention Coach
"The children found playing the memory game fun and they learned the words quickly. The books had a story the children enjoyed and I liked the content. We had fun, and learned at the same time. I recommend this book to any teacher that needs quick results." Julieta Peterson
De Colores Children's Center
“The Reading Game is a great product - it is the foundation of reading, period!"Jennifer Skeels
Reading Intervention Specialist
La Mesa/Spring Valley School
“My son has benefited tremendously from The Reading Game. He loves playing the matching game and it is a great way to get him learning words. My son was so proud the first time he read book # 1 - he couldn't wait to begin the next set of flash cards so he could read the second book. I love that the books tell interesting stories. Many of the beginner reading books he brings home from school are boring in comparison. He has also learned more challenging words by doing the flash cards. It is much better to see and learn the words on the flashcards first, rather than seeing them in a book and getting frustrated by not knowing them. It’s been a fun way to learn.”
Larissa Kiers, Parent
"The Reading Game is a favorite activity with my kindergarten students...I'm amazed by how quickly they are retaining all these new sight words-and enjoying the process!"
Main Street Elementary
“With class sizes going up and one on one teacher time going down, this program is a great tool! Volunteers and/or older students in upper grades can quickly and easily be taught to work one on one with students learning to read.”
Reading Intervention Specialist
La Mesa/Spring Valley School District, CA
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"Sometimes you find a company that just 'gets it!' That is what we have
here. The creators of The Reading Game 'get it!' Making reading fun and easy encourages those who are new to it and reluctant even, to begin on the journey and not look back. It is a nice, comprehensive set, that is easy to understand and use right out of the box. This is great to have for at home, a preschool or a learning center at your kindergarten class."
Family Review Center
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“The children found playing the memory game fun and they learned the words quickly. The books had a story the children enjoyed and I liked the content. We had fun, and learned at the same time. I recommend this book to any teacher that needs quick results.”
De Colores Children's Center
“I found the game to be a phenomenal tool for memory and reading. There is nothing I would change about the game.”
California’s Central Coast
Field Study through the
San Luis Obispo Family Care Network
"The Reading Game is a favorite activity with my kindergarten students... I'm amazed by how quickly they are retaining all these new sight words-and enjoying the process!"
Susan Drinker, Kindergarten Teacher Main Street Elementary, Exeter, NH
“The Reading Game is a great product - it is the foundation
of reading, period!”
Reading Intervention Specialist, La Mesa/Spring Valley School District, CA
"All the students love the concentration memory game piece and the stories about animals are age appropriate/engaging (even my third grader with learning disabilities loves it and doesn’t find it babyish)"
Instructional Intervention Coach Hillsborough District, Portland Orgeon
“My son has benefited tremendously from The Reading Game. He loves playing the matching card game and it is a great way to get him learning words. My son was so proud the first time he read book # 1 - he couldn't wait to begin the next set of flash cards so he could read the second book. I love that the books tell interesting stories. Many of the other beginner reading books are boring in comparison. He has also learned more challenging words by doing the flash cards. It is much better to see and learn the words on the flashcards first, rather than seeing them in a book and getting frustrated by not knowing them.
It’s been a fun way to learn.”
The Reading Game includes six decks of matching word playing cards, six sets of picture flashcards, six beautifully illustrated story books, & a Teacher and Parent's Guide
Ages 4 & Up 2 or More Players
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