Disclosure: I received this product free through the Homeschool Review Crew
Anytime children can have fun, while learning, it is a positive thing. The feelings of success help them find the experience to be positive. This is why I am such a huge proponent of making games out of lessons. Gameschooling, as it is affectionately termed, is a great way to teach students how to read. The Reading Game, 2nd Edition from Allsaid & Duun, LLC is a great example of gameschooling.
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The Reading Game, 2nd Edition, created by Ken Hodkinson, is a game used to help children learn to read. The game itself is comprised of six illustrated storybooks. These books are skunk, snake, bear, penguins, unicorn, and zebra.
Each book has corresponding game cards that are used as a simple word-matching game.
The game is played between two players, the student and the teacher. There isn’t a set pace that children are expected to work through. Instead, they work at their own pace, moving along as they recognize the words in a set. There are five words in each stage. Once the student learns those ten words, the captioned picture is introduced.
The captioned picture is a short phrase that used the ten words that students have learned, and also goes along with the picture. Once all six stages have been completed, they will be able to read the storybook in its entirity.
The website offers a great resource for the leader of the game. There are assessment worksheets, recording sheets, and themed topic sheets for classroom use. Click on the image below to be taken to that page.
By the end of the sixth story, the Zebra, students will have mastered 180 words. The teacher can then use the game to develop new words and sounds.
HOW TO PLAY THE GAME
Game play is very easy. This would be beneficial to those in educational settings because volunteers can lead this station without needing much guidance.
The teacher or volunteer lays out the ten cards that corresponds to the stage the student is on. For example, skunk game 1. The cards are laid face down, and each word has two cards. The players take turn flipping over two cards. If the cards match, the player who matched them will say the words, and gets to keep the cards. If they do not match, they are flipped back over to be matched.
When all ten cards have been found, they are mixed up, and placed face down again. This repeats until the student can read the words without any issues. Once this occurs, the teacher or volunteer will move the child to the next stage. In this case, skunk game 2, where the student will learn five new words.
Once the adult feels as if the student has mastered those ten words, the child is shown the captioned pictured. If the student can read the words successfully, they will move on to the next stage. If at any time, a student shows difficulty with previously learned words, they can be given a refresher game.
Once the student has read the three cards that accompany the story, they will read the story, and then move on to the next series.
My children are above this level of reading. However, as a former classroom teacher, with a master’s degree as a reading specialist, I am impressed with this game. Children need repeated exposure to concepts, in order to commit them to memory. This game provides the child with ample experiences with the words and does so in a positive way. There isn’t any negative action associated with missing words, as long as the adult working with the child remains positive.
The game is easily stored in a box that does not take much room, or much setup. The materials are durable and won’t easily be torn through repeated use.
For the cost of $34.95, I believe this is a great product for any classroom–whether it be home school or public school.
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