"Not flashcards!!!" Very few kids truly enjoy sitting down and working on flashcards. I remember one of the boys therapists actually told me of her severe dislike of using flashcards with kids. I have tried though, and even bought the ones that have cute cartoon characters on them. Well it's no different at our house. The kids do not like flashcards.
Anyone who follows our blog knows that we have been having a problem with reading and site word memorization. It has been a rough few months trying to find an interesting way for Lydia to start remembering her site words. I was so very excited when I found out that we were going to have the opportunity to review The Reading Game.
How it works:
It's a game that works similar to Memory and even Go Fish. You can choose how to play with the word cards with your child. There are 6 different books and reading cards that match each book. Each color is broken down into levels. You work daily by playing a "game" of your choice with the site words and then reinforce them with the story that matches that color deck. The kids are learning through play.
Lydia begs to play this game. And any school "work" that she doesn't whine about deserves a 10 out of 10 at our house! This game stays on top of her workboxes and is included in her phonics lessons daily. And I have tried to skip over the game and save it for later, but she does not let this happen. The stories are cute and super simple so Lydia does not get frustrated. She laughs so hard about the skunk and the dog. It is her favorite.
Lydia is making slow progress to memorize her site words, and I have to say using this along with her favorite online program has greatly increased her ability and confidence in reading. Even our 3 year old is trying to play this game. She is matching letters on the cards. Who knows maybe she'll know her site words soon.
I have also been known to throw the deck and book we are working on in my purse to take with us to the doctor or other appointments we are running on. Just a few cards and a book and you have a great portable "school" game for those busy errand days or even a quiet library game. This game has been such a wonderful addition to our classroom!!
If you are still wondering how it works....watch these videos:
The card games.
From the Reading Game website:
This game meets Common Standards for Kindergarten and First Grade Language Arts. The Reading Game does not leave you alone, they also have downloadable progress sheets so that you can chart your child's progress.
Where to buy...Visit The Reading Game website.
Creators....Kenneth Hodkinson, author of the Wordly Wise series of vocabulary builders
I highly encourage you to check out this game. It even has appeared in Homeschool.com's Top Educational Gifts of 2011. If you have a child on the verge of reading or recently starting to read, this would make a wonderful gift!
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