Reading is one of the most important tools one can learn throughout their life. Thinking back to how I learned to read is very different to how my son, and daughter are learning to read. Over the years companies, as well as many educators have come up with fun new ways to have children engage and learn to read. Some of my proudest moments as a mom is watching Benjamin read an entire book, and seeing him happy with what he’s accomplished. Over the weekend we played a game called The Reading Game that allowed him to play a game with his parents, but was also educational.
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We love memory - in fact we have about three different editions (Paw Patrol, Mario and Safari Animals) of memory games. So when we got the chance to review The Reading Game and I told my kids it was a memory game, it was a hit before we even opened the box. My 6-year-old is a "new reader" but was ready for the level of this game and my 4-year-old struggles to keep up with the brothers so the Reading Game met it's match with my bright boys. They loved it! Being able to pick the "penguin" series was my 4-year-olds favorite part.
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Mamas are always looking for fun, educational games that can help kids get a jump start on mastering early reading skills. So when we found the The Reading Game, we knew we had to tell you all about it.
Simple, easy to implement AND the kids enjoy it! Nothing like trying to teach sight words when the kids are dragging their heels! But, with The Reading Game, my kiddos automatically wanted to try it...and then wanted to play it again and again! They loved "conquering" a set of words and getting to move on to the next level. And I loved that the cards were all organized by color/image/number so that I don't get them mixed up and everyone can keep track of what cards they were using. The books also have interesting stories - its not "See Spot run." that's for sure! To read the whole review: http://herdingkats.blogspot.com/2015/05/mothers-day-and-giveaway.html
I am excited to tell you about a fun game to help introduce sight words and high frequency words. The Reading Game was created by the author of the popular vocabulary
curriculum called Wordly Wise.
"This resource is super easy to use! I have had the pleasure of using The Reading Game in my classroom for the past month and I am beyond impressed with the growth my struggling students have made by "playing" this game." Read the whole teacher review at "More Than Math Blog"
"I am always looking for ways to engage my Kindergarteners with learning sight words and becoming fluent readers. The Reading Game does just that! It’s great for pairs of students, small groups, or one on one with the teacher or parent tutor. My kinders feel so proud that they are able to read these books because they have just learned all of the words they need through playing games! The game is great for beginning readers but also for struggling readers. The books are engaging and funny and not dull like some emergent readers can be." -Andrea from the Always Kindergarten Blog
Have I told you that I'm in love?!
I'm in love with, The Reading Game!
We have been using the first set of word cards and the first book, "Skunk."
Below, you will see my kids in action:
Mrs. Skyes' BlogSpot
"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." Read the whole review and enter the giveaway at 'Hello Mrs. Sykes' BlogSpot http://hellomrssykes.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-reading-game-review-and-giveaway.html
MARCH 5, 2015 BY CRYSTAL @ SURVIVING A TEACHER'S SALARY
Disclosure: I received the below product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
The Reading Game is one of those fantastic brands that I met while I was at EDexpo in Atlanta. Maybe because my son in kindergarten is working hard on reading I was extra excited when I saw how this game worked. It is SO fun, rewarding, and definitely has a more “big kid” feel to reading than BOB books. I immediately knew my son would go nuts over it. The outside of the game box didn’t really draw me into it but don’t judge a book by it’s cover! (er….a game!)
There are 6 complete “levels” to this reading system starting from left (skunk) to right (zebra). Everything is color coded and extremely simple to follow. When all of the levels are complete your child or student will have learned 180 vocabulary words, many of them Dolch and High Frequency words. (Plus if you use Wordly Wise like we do – this game is by the author of Wordly Wise!) Ok – so 6 levels – let me break it down extremely simple for you. I’ll show you how the first level works and every level after that is the exact same for it’s color.
Every level is themed by an animal and color coded. The skunk here is all red. The FIRST step is to take the number 1 cards you see at the top left and lay them out – it will be a memory matching game with the vocabulary words. Once the child has learned the words and paired up matches in the memory game you move on to the number 2 memory card words. Once that is completed the child has earned the 1-2 Skunk Flashcard you see at the top left. On the back of that card is a picture and paragraph that the child can read which uses only the vocabulary words they just learned in the memory match game. After that they can go through memory matching game cards 3 and 4, earn flashcard 3-4, then finish up with memory matching games 5 and 6 and earn flashcard 5-6. At this time the child is rewards with the very first book in the series!!
Not only is the book a large size like an older child’s book (not the tiny “See Jane Run” books) but the illustrations are also fantastic! The entire book is only created using the memory card vocabulary words to ensure that the child can read it. My son noticed right away that it was like a “real” book, not a “baby” book as he calls his BOB books at school.
Let me tell you a little about my son. He is a very smart child and ahead of the kids in his class, but he does NOT like to work at all – I can’t tell whether he is lazy or bored! Either way he hates being required to do school work of any kind. However the first day I showed him The Reading Game he literally spent FIVE STRAIGHT HOURS reading. I was absolutely floored. Every day he comes to me wanting to do more memory card games so he can get his books. I am incredibly proud of him. I don’t let him take the memory cards until he says aloud the vocabulary word every time he flips the card.
After he earned his Skunk book he moved on to the Snake cards and book.
I freaking LOVE this reading game set. It makes learning to read fun with the memory card game and my son feels like he is earning a reward every time he gets a flashcard and ultimately a book. We’re currently half way through The Reading Game and my son often brings the game to me saying he wants to work on his next animal. Each memory card game teaches only five new words at a time. The stories are funny and clever and of course everything meets Common Core Standards.
Overall – this is hands down the BEST, easiest, and most encouraging reading system I’ve encountered. I HIGHLY recommend it! It’s great for beginning readers like my son as well as for struggling readers up through the 4th grade. You can find out even more details onThe Reading Game’s website and can even purchase it here on Amazon.
"If you are looking for a fun yet educational way to encourage your child or student to read then give "The Reading Game" a try. It will help build self esteem while teaching sight words that will keep kids attention" ... read the whole review and enter to win a copy of The Reading Game at "From Praises of A Wife And Mommy"
"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!"
"If you are getting ready to teach your child to read or struggling to teach your child to read, this post is for you. I have posted in the past about my daughter who is a struggling reader…I am pleased to say with The Reading Game we have been experiencing breakthrough upon breakthrough! Yes!! I knew she could do it.
In the past we have tried method after method of getting her to read without sounding out every s-i-n-g-l-e sound…ugh! I don’t know how many times I say a day “if you know the word just say the word.” But she just either forgets easily, doesn’t grasp the concept or just plain didn’t want to…lol! I was stumped and frustrated and just as the feeling of hopelessness tried to consume me, we were given the opportunity to try The Reading Game.
I cannot tell you enough about how this game has changed the way she reads, she is actually reading and not slowly blending anymore, she gets it…YES! (queue the Hallelujah Chorus) I’ve always read to my children, but I love it when they can read to me too!
I know that not everything is for everyone…But I will have to say I have struggled to teach my child and this game me real help & her confidence has tremendously increased. Now all the other methods that I have used with her work, but The Reading Game was what got the ball rolling with my hands on learner.
We have a lot of fun playing and aren’t even half way through the game yet. But let me tell you this game is always on her mind, she loves it so much she asks constantly to play, she loves the fact that she is actually reading now and has become so much more excited to try all the other methods again…love it!
I hope this post will encourage that mom out there that is dealing with a struggling reader, there is hope, just keep on trying and something is bound to work."
"Is your child just beginning to read? The Reading Game is a fun supplement for reinforcing early readers through simple, fast-paced card games and storybooks. Once your child can recognize letter sounds, he or she is ready for The Reading Game.
It's that simple! One lesson can be as quick as a few minutes, or it can last several minutes if your child's interest stays strong. The cards and books are engaging, but they don't include lots of bells and whistles which might distract new readers....
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....
-The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“The Reading Game is one of my favorite hands on games/activities for children learning reading skills. The format is simple, effective and fun. The fun is not due to compromising on quality or building a solid foundation. In fact, the format is exactly the right way to teach and could run the risk of being considered boring if not for the "game" and reward of reading a story."
Richelle, author of Under the Golden Apple Tree
“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!...”
-This Day Has Great Potential
“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..…”
-Creative Learners 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 ask 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”
...A Teaching Heart
“My kids LOVED this game and what was even more exciting then that was my middle son who has learning issues and struggles to read really LOVED the game. It brought tears to my eyes to see how into the game he was. When you can make a subject fun for a child that usually dreads it, you know it is a hit!”
“Our kids LOVE this game. All 3 of them like to play it and everyday our 6 year old asks me to play it with him at least once a day. As a former Pre-K teacher, I love how this game also meets many of the Common Core Standards making it a true learning game.”
-The Johns Family
“We have a team of people that work with (our son), and with us to help us best meet his special needs. When Mr. Steady and I first learned of the dyslexia, our first question was, “How can we help our son?”
I showed the specialist The Reading Game. He looked through it, nodded, and said, “This is perfect for him. This is exactly how he should be learning to read.”
-Heritage Homestead and Homeschool Academy
“I was quite impressed with the books. I'm not sure I've ever seen beginning reading books that didn't look babyish and that didn't have overly simplified stories. I would have no problem introducing these books to an older child who is struggling to read.”
-Through the Calm and Through the Storm
“The first thing you will notice about The Reading Game is its quality. If you're anything like me, you get discouraged by how quickly the boxes on your kids' games seem to disintegrate, first splitting at the corners, and then ripping up the sides. That is not going to happen with The Reading Game. Everything from the box to the soft cover storybooks to the laminated and damage-resistant cards is of the highest quality. This is a game that will stand the test of time. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have younger readers in your home, you will be using this game quite frequently!
In terms of giving kids confidence in recognizing sight words and making them feel that they can actually sit down and read a book, this game can't be beat.”
-My (Re)View Point
Oh how I love The Reading Game!
-Our Best Daze
“There are many products on the market today under the disguise of games intended to teach children to read. Many make claims that children will be reading at young ages, or reading at high levels quickly. Sometimes these games help children excel at reading, but more often than not, these products fall short in the eyes of the consumer. I was fortunate enough to be able to review one such item that not only met but also exceeded my expectations for a game designed to teach beginning reading skills.”
“I know that the memories Levi and I build because we are playing this game are going to stay with him, and hopefully he'll always associate reading with fun!”
-Reaping A Harvest
“We all like this game. My little non-reader is becoming a reader--slowly, but in a fun way. The multi-sensory approach of the game connects for him. He feels like he is accomplishing something and "winning", and we see that he is memorizing words and beginning to try to read. He loves to find the word matches. He loves animals. The best part, he now wants to figure out more words and constantly asks "What do those letters say?" What a fun way to learn what could be a tough subject! It's a keeper!”
-Pondering on the Prairie
“It is a wonderful memory game that reinforces new words and then uses those same words in a simple book to build confidence in your reader. I think it is especially useful for new or struggling readers.”
“Sight word learning is the way my girls have learned to read. All of them have struggled in one way or another with phonics alone. So this game has provided a new way for my girls to see the words and the best part was they didn't feel like it was school!
It was quick rounds and I felt like it was goal driven practicing the same words until the girls recognized them.”
-Kelly from Believe
“The readers are illustrated with cute black and white drawings and are each about a different kind of animal: skunk, snake, bear, penguin, unicorn and zebra. The books are written in rhyming form and there is no punctuation for the sentences. This gives you a wonderful opportunity for your student to learn to punctuate the sentences properly. It's always such a blessing to find fun ways to reinforce good reading skills that children enjoy.”
-My Blessed Life
“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. …The cards were easily brailled for blind and DeafBlind students. For the blind and DeafBlind teacher such as myself,
I brailled the cards with not only the word, but also the game number and the book animal to help me keep the cards properly separated for ease of use and to prevent confusion while teaching… It is wonderful to see a product that is useful as is or so easily modified to benefit the possible varying abilities of many students…”
-Deaf Blind Hope
“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 cannot 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!”
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“If your child is in a rut with earning to read, laying off of the formal reading lessons and "playing" this game might just be the ticket to get him interested enough to pursue reading in earnest. I feel blessed to have received this game and appreciate how much the kids have enjoyed it.”
-The Blessings Pour Out
“How precious it was to see (my daughter’s) eyes light up when she realized that she made a match and then to recognize a word she may have just learned - oh, that was just icing on the cake. This inspired her to want to learn more and more and more words. She didn't want to do any other school because she was making such progress with The Reading Game.
I highly recommend this game for your up-and-coming reader.”
-My Own Sense and Sensibility
“If you want to find a game that your kids will ask to play again and again, then The Reading Game is one to choose. The best part is, you will also be doing school at the same time!”
-Grace Christian Homeschool
“I used this program with EXCELLENT results with Montana and recommend it wholeheartedly! She is now reading and writing sight words. She is so enthusiastic about it too, I love it! The Reading Game makes it fun and exciting to learn to read. The stories are great too and build confidence with each new word learned.”
-A Stable Beginning
“I think this game would make a great Christmas gift for a new reader and a wonderful addition to any reading/phonics curriculum.”
-Kramer Cottage School
“I love the emphasis on really learning so many basic words that do NOT get enough focus in most reading programs. I love the game format, and the animal labels (instead of graded labels) for the levels…it has been a hit in my household”
-Footprints in the Butter
“I like the concept...it's simple, but effective. I also like that it's uncomplicated enough that I can have an older sibling play it with her while I work with someone else. Any fairly fluent reader can play the card matching portion of the game with the student. The books are well done, with cute illustrations and fun stories. The Reading Game has been great practice for Peanut and has given her more confidence! And she's had fun doing it!”
-Home With Purpose
“I am a firm believer in teaching phonics to produce great readers. Having a firm foundation in phonics does not negate the need for “sight words” or memorizing “frequency words”. You can give your child confidence and fluency in early reading but helping them to memorize those words. There are a variety of ways that this task can be approached and The Reading Game is a fun way to put these words to memory, build confidence and allow your child the quick feedback of reading a book.”
-Life In The Tribe
“In our K4 class we have been averaging 4 new sight words every two weeks... we have also been working on learning to read by phonics blending... so far I really like the mixture of the two methods... I find that by learning the sight words the kids gain confidence in reading... and enjoy putting the sight words together to make sentences... for us... this game was a perfect fit!!!”
-The Ramblings and Adventures of S.A.H.M.
“It's very difficult to find enough reading resources for those early readers. The Reading Game is an excellent tool to add to your current program, and add some fun!”
“I wish I had had this game when (my elder daughter) was learning to read. It's a great supplement and works perfectly for learning those pesky sight words that just don't follow the rules of phonics.”
“I have wanted to incorporate sight words, but did not have a good program or plan for what I wanted to do. (The Reading Game) has provided excellent structure with a fun model for learning.”
-Speak up Saturday Reviews
“I highly encourage you to check out this game.
It even has appeared in Homeschool.com's Top Educational Gifts of 2011. If you have a child on the verge of reading or recently starting to read, this would make a wonderful gift!”
-Krazy Kuehner Days
“The Reading Game is a wonderful fit for our family. The exciting part for me was hearing him read these words in other books. Seeing him put the game into practice ensured me that he truly was learning these words by sight not just knowing that these letters make this word in this book, kinda thing. Overall, the speed and accuracy of his reading have improved.”
“In a world where reading early and getting ahead is foremost in many parent educator's minds, The Reading Game comes along as a breath of fresh air! The maker of Wordly Wise, Kenneth Hodkinson, presents (in his own words) his "second great idea in forty years". And a great idea indeed! No parent or teacher I know of wants to watch a child dissolve into tears and frustration because she can't remember what letters make which sounds or struggles with reading. But we all know reading is important and some children don't take to the process as easily as others! Even if you have an eager reader, The Reading Game is a great way to play your way through learning sight words. This teaching tool truly does 2 jobs: it teaches an emergent reader how to read and it takes the pain out of the process.”
-The LaRocque Family
“I know my (three children) enjoy playing the game because they ask to play it. I know the game is helping them with reading because I have seen improvement in my 7 year old, and my 5 year old has memorized quite a few words and remembers them when she comes across them later. I would recommend The Reading Game for beginning readers, or readers who struggle a bit with common sight words…”
-Stairsteps Homeschool Academy
“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!...”
“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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“(My Daughter) loved playing the game and it was fun and
exciting to see her adding more and more sight words to her reading vocabulary. She enjoys reading the stories and she cannot wait to get to the unicorn book,
which is book five.”
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“LOVED This game.
We will play this with our
non-reading children and grandchildren for years to come!”
“When I ask my son to bring a book for us to read, he reaches for
The Reading Game now.
I'm a firm believer in this one.
I want my friends to know about it.
It really works!”
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“Super awesome resource!”
“I highly recommend this game, especially if you have boys that rather be outside
“The stories are well-written, they seem like “big-kid” stories. The feeling of accomplishment by the reader is palpable! The Reading Game is a well researched, supplemental reading program, that promotes long term retention of words. It is serious FUN!
“The Reading Game makes for a great present that will enchant both
parent and child.”
“This is one of those tools that I wish I had discovered years ago to use with my first child when I was teaching him to read!"
“So many first readers are just plain boring and in my opinion do not engage children in a way that they should. The Reading Game is different though. These books are interesting and involve animals in their storyline which my own children have really enjoyed.”
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