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The Reading Game - Parent Testimonials
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The Reading Game is a great product - it is the foundation of reading, period!

--Jennifer Skeels
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)

--Nicole Thoen
Instructional Intervention Coach
Hillsborough District, Portland Orgeon

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I absolutely LOVE it. It is so simple to use and my students are crazy about it

--Mrs. Schroeder’s Class

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Educational Gift Pick of the Year Award, 2001



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

I am beyond impressed with the growth my struggling students have made by "playing" this game.

--More Than Math Blog
[Full Review]

The books are engaging and funny and not dull like some emergent readers can be.

2015 Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award for Mind-Building Excellence goes to
The Reading Game!

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I am excited to tell you about a fun game to help introduce sight words and high frequency words.

--Kindergarten teacher, Bonnie Kathryn

I recommend this to any teacher that needs quick results.

Julieta Peterson
De Colores Children's Center, Exeter, NH

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

Tillywig Brain Child of the Year Award Judge Panel

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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.

Have I told you that I'm in love?!
I'm in love with, The Reading Game!

--Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Leeby 

Have I told you that I'm in love?!
I'm in love with, The Reading Game!

--Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Leeby 

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In my humble opinion, anything that makes reading – and even the idea of reading – more fun is a good thing!

--Judge for 2016-2017
Best Children’s Reading Game Award 

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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.

2015 Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award for Mind-Building Excellence goes to
The Reading Game!

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In terms of accessibility, the series is perfect for many special needs populations including those with processing disorders due to the non-distracting, clear, crisp, and contrasting print of the cards and story books where the words are displayed…

--Deaf Blind Hope, Non-Profit
[Full Review]

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

This game offers a fun challenge for kids just learning to read or for kids who need help with their reading skills.

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I am excited to tell you about a fun game to help introduce sight words and high frequency words.

Susan Drinker, Kindergarten Teacher
Main Street Elementary, Exeter, NH

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Simple, easy to implement AND the kids enjoy it!

--Herdin' Cats in Kindergarten

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Kids love the sense of accomplishment and constant positive reinforcement they enjoy through play. It's not school, it's a game!

--Janet Esposito for Homeschool Magazine

The Reading Game is an amazing tool for all homeschoolers learning to read. Whether you have a pre-schooler, who is ready to move on from pictures, or if you’re teaching the basics to your kindgartener, or even if you are looking for resources for your struggling reader – The Reading Game is for you.. After completing all the levels of The Reading Game, your student will be able to read 180 new sight words. And it meets criteria for four skill sets in the Common Core Standards for Language and Literacy Arts. Although it may sound too good to be true, this program has been field-tested in a variety of settings (both in public school and homeschool settings) with amazing results. There are six color-coded levels to progress through in The Reading Game: Skunk (red), Snake (orange), Bear (yellow), Penguins (green), Unicorn (blue), and Zebra (purple). Each character has cards to play the “matching game,” 3 large flashcards, and a book. All the materials are extremely well-made, user-friendly, and contained within a small box. The stories are fanciful and fun – perfect for sparking your young reader’s imagination. Begin with the Skunk set (all red materials) – the match game cards, flashcards, and book. It’s best to familiarize yourself with the words that will be studied in the matching game, the flashcards, and the book, before you begin to play. Start with the first five words of the matching game cards (can, cat, is, me, and not); these cards are all red, with a skunk, and the number one. First, mix all 10 cards up and then place all of them face down on the table. Select two cards at random to begin playing the “matching game” with your student. Each player should read the words out loud as they pick cards during their turn. Repeat this process until your student has mastered these five words — but keep in mind this is not a race. Students should continue playing Game 1 (and every other Game) as long as necessary. After completing the Skunk (red) Games 1 and 2, show your student the corresponding flashcard. The flashcards help students transition to short sentences, while introducing capitalization and punctuation. This is also an opportunity for you to assess your child’s learning so far. Those students able to read the flashcard then move on to play Games 3 and 4, then the 2nd flashcard; and then work on the last flashcard after mastering the words in Games 5 and 6. Once they have learned the 30 words contained in all the matching game cards, students can apply these new words to the Skunk book. Students move on to the Snake (orange) materials after finishing all 6 Games for the Skunk level. The process is repeated and students learn 30 new words playing Games 1-6 for the Snake level. The 30 words learned previously are also incorporated in the Snake materials, bringing your student’s total progress to 60 words after finishing the Snake book. Each new level continues to incorporate the words learned in the earlier levels, allowing students to apply their knowledge throughout the entire process. The frequent play and fast-paced nature of the matching game stimulates students’ long-term memory; providing your student with the knowledge and confidence to successfully read the book at the end of every level. Kids also love the sense of accomplishment and constant positive reinforcement they enjoy through play. It’s not school, it’s a game! For more information, including ordering information, supplemental worksheets, pricing, and more, please visit their website at www.thereadinggame.com. In the “For Educators” section, you can find pre/post assessments to better understand your student’s reading level. Try using the Pre/Post Card Game Sight Word Assessment before and after each of the six card games. You will be amazed at how far your student progresses and it allows you to identify any challenging words s/he may encounter. JE

National Parenting Center Award

Testers were delighted to discover an excellent tool for the beginning reader and children struggling with reading.

--JUDGE’S STATEMENT FROM REVIEW PANEL.

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It’s great for pairs of students, small groups, or one on one with the teacher or parent tutor.

If you have a beginner or struggling reader you need to check out @TheReadingGame2- seriously awesome reading system!

Right away, I loved the simplicity of The Reading Game....The progression of the words is well thought out, and encourages a positive attitude towards reading by providing many opportunities for success.

Top Ten Teacher’s Picks EdExpo

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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"

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The Reading Game is appropriate for any new reader, but could be especially useful for children who enjoy more active learning. The method is simple but creative….



Academics' Award Smart Book Award Winner, 2015 Family Review Center Award Tillywig Toy Awards Brain Child Award Winner the national parenting center seal of approval homeschool.com award winner seal of approval review Award Winner of Dr. Toy Best Picks


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