Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Reading Game Review

As a member of TOS Crew, I had the opportunity to review The Reading Game.

What is it?
The Reading Game is a memory card game that focuses on introducing children to some of the most common sight words in the English language.  This game is designed to work for both homeschoolers and teachers.  The Reading Game teaches 54% of the words on the PK, K and 1st Dolch Sight Word List.

How does it work?
There are 6 books in the Reading Game:
Skunk
Snake
Bear
Penguins
Unicorn
Zebra

Each book has a deck of cards that will introduce a child to 30 new words. The deck of cards are broken down into 6 sets, some of the words are sight words and others are just words that are in the book.   We started with the book Skunk and the #1 cards in the deck.  There are 10 #1 cards with the following words: can, cat, is, me, my.  The game is played just like your traditional memory card game.


Since this game was a review for Audrey's reading level, it was easy for her to play the game and read the words.  Audrey enjoys games, so the Reading Game was a fun way for her to review sight words and other words.

After you finish mastering the 30 words in the set for each book, you can then read the matching book for that set.  By the time you complete all 6 books, a child should be able to read 180 words.  Each subsequent story uses some words from previous books in the series, which reinforces memory skills.  The website also allows you FREE pre/post card game assessment worksheets. and Test Sentence Assessment Worksheets that help in tracking a child's progress.


How much does it cost? 
You can purchase the Reading Game for $24.95 {HERE}.

What do we think?
As an educator, I appreciate that The Reading Game meets many of the Common Core Standards.  It makes learning into a game, which I always think is a plus. 


However, there were a few points about the game that I found to be a bit of a challenge to our learning style.  First of all, some of the words in The Reading Game are not sight words, but words that I feel should be phonetically taught.  For example, the word cat, which is in book #1,  is not a sight word, but rather one of the first words that a child phonetically decodes.  Although the author of The Reading Game gives you recommendations on how to implement phonics, it is not specifically practiced in this program.  


Likewise, the books are written without punctuation marks or capitol letters, which are referred to as "mysterious squiggles and dots."  This was a little difficult for Audrey to comprehend at first since she is used to reading with punctuation marks.  However, as the author suggests, we used this as an opportunity to go back and provide the missing punctuation marks and insert the capital letters.


You can read what my other crew members thought of The Reading Game {HERE}. 


Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  The opinions expressed on this blog are my own and have not been influenced by the company or the product.


1 comment:

Kristin Young said...

I mean, your daughter is wearing a princess dress to play an academic game. Just another reason I should add for giving you the Sunshine Award!! :) Just a silly little award going around the teaching blogs...but it always feels nice to be appreciated and I'm passing it on to YOU!

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