Playing games is part of our homeschool day! I was excited to introduce our FUN homeschool product review, The Reading Game, to my 5 and 7 year olds! And I can’t think of a better way to learn sight words than playing The Reading Game! Each afternoon after lunch my 5 year old and I play several games of the hands-on, fast paced game,The Reading Game, on my bed right before quiet time. He has not learned all his sounds yet, so it is a bit challenging for him. He takes every opportunity to smoke me each game. I require him to read each match before moving on. My 7 year old played the game with the entire 6 decks. It was a great review for him. Often he plays with his little brother and acts as his tutor. It’s FUN for everyone. The Reading Game consists of 6 deck of cards and 6 storybooks. Each of The Reading Game’s six stories is told using just 30 new words. These are broken down into six sets of five words. The student learns to read each set of five words by playing a simple word matching game. Frequent exposure through play instills these words into long-term memory. After completing the first deck of cards, the child will be able to read the first book out of the set. This is fantastic encouragement for the beginner reader. The Reading Game is a great addition to any phonics program and can be used later for review. This would be very beneficial to the struggle reader or a child with special needs since you can move at your child’s own pace.
The Reading Game was awarded the Tillywig Brain Child of the Year Award for 2012, and given the Homeschool.com Seal of Approval. It will also be featured on the morning talk show, The Balancing Act, along with the President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, in a segment on developing literacy through game play. The show airs every morning on Lifetime TV, and this segment will be aired this October.