The Reading Game is a “fast action memory game and storybooks that make learning fun.” Ages 4 and up, for 2 players – a parent/tutor and the child that is learning to read. This game is available for $24.95. We received this game as a review and just the fact that it is called a Game, had the kids excited.
The game is broken down into six progressive sections (skunk, snake, bear, penguins, unicorn, zebra). Each game is played in six stages, each stage teaching five words. The games are played memory-style, where the cards are turned face down, and two at a time are flipped and matched. Once matched, the child is to say the word 2-3 times. The cards are words only, with no visual clues. The words seem to be about half phonetic, and half sight words. (For example, Game 1 is can, cat, is, me, not. Game 2 is sad, she, stay, this, with) Once the child can accurately and repeatedly say all five words when matched, the next five words are added into the game.
After the child can do all 30 words from the game, there is a story book about (for example) skunk for the child to read. The books are nice in quality, glossy pages. The drawings are all black on white pages, and appear to be maybe, charcoal drawings. The sentences in the book contain no capital letters, punctuation, or sentence structure. Compound words (such as without) are separated (with – out).
I thought I would try this game out with Tyler. We use a phonics based program currently, that adds sight words in as needed. He started off fine, as he knew the majority of the words in the skunk book. He didn’t like the story as much, but part of that is that as he reads he looks for sentence clues (such as punctuation and capital letters) to read fluently and with expression, pausing in the right places, etc.
He was getting a little bored with the game, so I purposely looked for words that he wouldn’t know, interspersing them with a few he did. This worked a little better, but with no visual or sentence clues to help him figure out the words, he was getting frustrated. He didn’t think this was a very fun game, and recognized it as additional school work.
Overall, I feel like The Reading Game could be a good sight-reading addition to a phonics-based program, but it didn’t necessarily go along with the program we use right now. (Using sentence structure, visual clues, etc to figure out words.) I am going to hold on to this and try it with Madelynne once she is ready and see how it goes with her, as her and Tyler are completely different types of learners.
We received this product for free to provide an honest review, which I believe I have accomplished with this post. Other Crew Members reviewed this product as well, and you can find their reviews as well as mine here.
(Due to technical difficulties, I could not upload a picture of the game, but please check out both The Reading Game website, and other crew members reviews for more information and nice pictures of the game!)