Monday, November 21, 2011

The Reading Game

The Reading Game is exactly what the product name suggests - a game you can play with your child that teaches reading. This game was created by Kenneth Hodkinson, the author of Wordly Wise.

How it Works:
Before your child reads a book, they get to play a memory matching card game. My 6-year-old loves this because she loves memory matching card games. The child is introduced to all the words she will find in the story as she progresses through the card games. Once she can read each word on the cards quickly (while playing the game), she is ready to read the story. The card game transforms boring rote learning into a fast paced card game which allows the child to transfer their learning to long-term memory in their brain. You can click here to watch a short video to see how the card game is played and another video showing a 4-year-old girl reading the first book in the game. This product is recommended for children 4 and up.

My daughter's thoughts:
"I like it because of the card games and the books." The game is awesome and the books are great!"

Here is my daughter practicing her words from the card game one last time before we move on to the next level.

My thoughts:
At first I really wasn't sure I would like this product because proper punctuation and capitalization are not used in these books. However, I quickly remembered another resource I used to teach reading that followed a similar format. Once I began to actually use this product with my beginner reader did my opinion change. She 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. She is getting ready to begin book four this week.

Ordering and Pricing Information:
The Reading Game includes six decks of matching playing cards that coordinate with each of the books, and a teacher and parent's guide with clear and concise directions on how to play while teaching your child to read. This products sells for $24.95

To read more TOS Crew reviews on this product, please click over to the blog.

*I received this product free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own*

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi Nikki,
You very kindly reviewed The Reading Game back for us in the fall of 2011 through TOS Homeschool Review, when it first came out. We are now about to launch the 2nd edition which is updated and enhanced based upon parent and teacher feedback. This new edition will add a set of picture flashcards to help in the transition from stand-alone words to short sentences and phrases, as well as introduce capitalization and punctuation in the flashcards and storybooks. Since its initial release, the game has won four awards, including the Dr Toy and Tillywig Brain Child of the Year Award.

To help raise funds for the 2nd print run and raise donations for children in need through the non-profit, First Book, we launched a crowd-funding campaign yesterday - "Give the Gift of Early Literacy". Through this campaign, backers can receive a discounted, pre-release copy of the new second edition of the game, or help a child in need by donating as little as $1 or even just by sharing the campaign with others. In order to be successful the campaign needs as many supporters, shares, tweets, links, etc. as possible.

Would you mind sharing this on your social media outlets and through your blog?

Give the Gift Of Early Literacy!
Get your hands on a DISCOUNTED pre-release 2nd, enhanced edition of The Reading Game through this crowd funding site. Or for as little as $1 donate a game to a child in need through First Book.

I also have an eblast about the campaign that I would be delighted to send to you if you have an email list you would like to send it to!! Let me know and I will forward it over to you.

Thank you so much!