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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Building confidence in Reading with The Reading Game ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.

Once upon a time there was a little girl who struggled to learn to read. Many nights her Mama would stay up researching curriculum and how to implement reading strategies to get her girl to finally read. Then one day she was placed on the review for The Reading Game, 1st Edition, and her little girl began to take off reading with confidence! Said little girl is not so little anymore and is a voracious reader of all things, making this Mama a happy camper!

As a huge fan and proponent of gameschooling, I was thrilled to receive The Reading Game, 2nd Edition from Allsaid & Duun, LLC to use with my son, Micah, who is 6.5 and in the first grade. Thankfully he has never really struggled with reading or learning his sight words. Using this fun game he has gained so much confidence and fluency in his reading over the last six weeks.

The Reading Game which was created by Kenneth Hodkinson, the author of the popular vocabulary curriculum “Wordly Wise 3000” series. It is a fast-action memory card game that will get your kids’ reading from the very first lesson. The Reading Game is a supplemental learn-to-read program for beginning and/or struggling readers. This learning to read game also correlates with most standard curriculums and uses a whole language approach to learning to read, i.e. looking at whole words and memorizing them. It works well with the traditional phonics method of reading by learning to sound out the individual letters. The Reading Game also meets the criteria of the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts, Foundational skills, and Reading skills needed for both kindergarten and first graders, if that’s something you look for in a learning to read curriculum.

The Reading Game comes with six black and white illustrated storybooks: Skunk, Snake, Bear, Penguins, Unicorn, and Zebra. It can be played with two or more players. Memory games are played in six stages for each book, learning five words in each stage. So by the end of your first book your student will be able to read 30 words. By the end of the entire game, your child will know how to read 180 words from the Dolch Pre-K through First Grade list and also words from the Fry List.

The complete game comes with: 

 6 color-coded Memory word matching card game
 6 color-coded Captioned Picture Flashcards 
 6 Storybooks 
 Parent/Teacher Guide 
  Plus Word Family Activities

To play the game you start out with the first ten red cards. These contain five matching sets of words. As in traditional Memory, flip over two cards and read the words without hesitation. Once your child has mastered reading the first set of cards, you more on to the next set of 10 words. Now, once this next set of words is mastered, pull out the red picture card labeled 1-2 and have your child read the caption under the picture. All of the words on this caption card are from the first two sets of word cards already mastered. If reading the caption card is easy for your child, move onto the third set of cards and proceed in the same manner as above for cards 1-2. Finally once all six sets of cards are read with mastery it is time to read the corresponding storybook. The back of each book includes a handy word list as well. 

Game play should be done over the course of several days but each book follows the same method:
Memory game for card sets 1 – 2 
Read the picture card for 1-2 
Memory game for card sets 3-4 
Read the picture card for 3-4 
Memory game for card sets 5-6 
Read the picture card for 5-6 
Read the corresponding illustrated book

Since Micah knows a lot of his sight words already he has breezed through the first 3 books. He has just finished Book 4 on Penguins and is ready to move into Unicorns this week. We normally ended up playing this game 2-3 times a week after dinner and chores. This is the perfect time for us to fit in the game and reading time as he also reads a Reader book each night before bed. We review previous word cards he already knows during the day as a flashcard fluency race during his Phonics time.

Overall, I am just as pleased with this new edition of The Reading Game as I am with the first edition I used back in 2011. The major difference that I can tell from each edition is the addition of the Captioned Pictured Flashcards to check for mastery.

 I am so pleased with the way Micah is learning through play with this curriculum! I have already told several of my friends about it. Also, I am looking forward to Micah progressing into The Magic Stories curriculum, for grades 2-4, after he finishes Book 6 of The Reading Game. At the rate he is progressing we should be using the new program by mid-April.

Do you want to win a copy of The Reading Game for your student? Head over to the Homeschool Review Crew Blog to enter the giveaway to win one of 5 games! Also, definitely click the banner below to read my CrewMates thoughts on this educational game that builds confidence in reading. 

The Reading Game, 2nd Edition {Allsaid & Duun, LLC Reviews}

 Our personal rating: 

 Format ~ physical game 
 Price ~ $34.95 
 Ages ~ 4 & up
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