This post is sponsored by The Reading Game. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We don’t necessarily have a “traditional” school set up. We tend to be very laid back. I school year round, and we enjoy as many fun learning activities as possible. I plan our year based on the things my children should learn and we look for fun and creative ways to learn them.
Which is why I was so very excited to learn about The Reading Game. I was sold at the words “reading” and “game.”
What is the Reading Game?
The game is based on a simple game of memory. However, this game incorporates many more elements to make it effective training in reading.
The reading game includes 6 different levels, which are color coded for easy sorting. Each level contains:
- 3 picture flash cards
- 60 word cards (30 different words)
- 1 book
Each level is further broken down in that the cards are numbered 1-6, with 10 cards of each number. Students work on like numbered cards to form pairs– 10 cards (5 words) at a time, repeating those pairs until they have mastered them.
After mastering the first 2 sets, children can further practice by reading the corresponding picture flash card, with sentences using the 10 words the child has learned. Once they have mastered all the word pairs in the level, they are ready to read the book with that respective level, which is comprised of the 30 words they have learned through that deck of cards.
They learn 30 words per deck, so at the end of 6 levels, they have learned 180 words. Of the 25 most commonly used English words, 23 are on that list; of the most commonly used 50 words, 42.
What we thought about The Reading Game
I LOVE this game, and so do my boys! We still practice phonics, but sight words are important as well, and for some children can be easier for them to learn. Regardless of your preferred method to teach reading, this is a great way to reinforce those skills. It has even been very effective for my struggling reader.
My boys loved the matching game. They were excited at successfully reading the words, and getting matches. The instructions indicated that the child should read the words when they get a match, but we read every word that we turn over to decide if it’s a match.
Just to share some of our brand of fun, my boys tend to enjoy the non-matches just as much as the matches, since they can give a very exaggerated, “nooooooo, that’s not a match!” They are so fun.
The picture flash cards act as a built-in reward system. My boys couldn’t wait to master the words so they could read those cards! And, of course, were even more excited to read the book for each level.
Overall, this game is a WIN for us. My boys are learning, and it’s fun. I love it when we can do school without them realizing it!
And, it makes my son smile like this…which is always a good thing.
Do you play games in your homeschool?