Monday, November 21, 2011

The Reading Game - A TOS Review

Allsaid & Dunn

2727 De Anza RD, Suite SD21
San Diego, CA 92109

$24.95 each - 15% off orders of 8 or more
Suggested age - Pre-K through 1st grade

Recently we've been playing a new educational game with our son.  As a member of the TOS Review Crew I received a free copy of The Reading Game to use in order to provide this review.

The Reading Game is a curriculum supplement to use while teaching your child to read.  The game contains six illustrated storybooks: skunk, snake, bear, penguins, unicorn, and zebra.  Each of the books comes with a word matching card game.  The games are played in six stages, each of which teaches five words. The card game requires only two players, the student and a tutor.  The games are fast paced, with a winner every few seconds, and learning to read becomes fun.

When your child completes stage six of the first game they should be able to read thirty words.  The first story is told using those thirty words.  The first story is about a skunk without a stripe who is rejected for being different.  The skunk is accepted by a group of cats and becomes their defender.  Your child adds another thirty words with each game.  It’s told in rhyme, is beautifully illustrated, and is 32 pages long. It will be the first book the student reads, and there are five more to follow.

By the time your child gets through all of the games they should be able to read 180 words.  Of the twenty-five most commonly used English words, twenty-two are on that list; of the forty most commonly used English words –thirty. This is a multi-sensory teaching approach –using the card game play and the storybooks - designed to aid in retention of material and student enjoyment.

Free Individual Student Assessment Worksheets are include to help you see and keep track of your child's progress. There is a Pre/Post Card Game Sight Word Assessment Worksheet and a Test Sentence Assessment Worksheet.  At the back of the Teacher and Parent Guide is a list of all 180-vocabulary words.

According to the makers of the game, "By the time students come to the end of the zebra story, 180 words are hard-wired into memory."

• 60% of the words in “The Reading Game” are on the Dolch Word List for pre-k and k and makes up 54% of Dolch words for Pre-K, K and 1st Grade.

• Of the first 100 most commonly used English words “The Reading Game” incorporates 88% of the most common twenty-five words and 63% of the first 100.

Contents include: 6 illustrated story books, 6 decks of matching playing cards,  a Teacher and Parent's Guide

So, how did this work for us?  We all like this game.  My little non-reader is becoming a reader--slowly, but in a fun way.  The multi-sensory approach of the game connects for him.  He feels like he is accomplishing something and "winning", and we see that he is memorizing words and beginning to try to read.  He loves to find the word matches.  He loves animals.  The best part, he now wants to figure out more words and constantly asks "What do those letters say?"  We're not done with all of the games yet, but I'm thinking he'll be reading at a good basic level by the time we read the last story.  We'll continue to play this game for reinforcement until he's very comfortable reading.  What a fun way to learn what could be a tough subject!  It's a keeper!  (Wish we would have had this game for my daughter when she started reading.)  The age range is appropriate.  The price is reasonable for the content and quality of the game. 

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Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Review Crew I received a free copy of the above-mentioned product to use in order to provide this review.  I did not and will not receive further compensation.  All comments and opinions are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

1 comment:

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