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San Diego, CA 92109
By Janet Esposito
The Reading Game is an amazing tool for all homeschoolers learning to read. Whether you have a pre-schooler, who is ready to move on from pictures, or if you’re teaching the basics to your kindgartener, or even if you are looking for resources for your struggling reader – The Reading Game is for you.. After completing all the levels of The Reading Game, your student will be able to read 180 new sight words. And it meets criteria for four skill sets in the Common Core Standards for Language and Literacy Arts. Although it may sound too good to be true, this program has been field-tested in a variety of settings (both in public school and homeschool settings) with amazing results.
There are six color-coded levels to progress through in The Reading Game: Skunk (red), Snake (orange), Bear (yellow), Penguins (green), Unicorn (blue), and Zebra (purple). Each character has cards to play the “matching game,” 3 large flashcards, and a book. All the materials are extremely well-made, user-friendly, and contained within a small box. The stories are fanciful and fun – perfect for sparking your young reader’s imagination.
Begin with the Skunk set (all red materials) – the match game cards, flashcards, and book. It’s best to familiarize yourself with the words that will be studied in the matching game, the flashcards, and the book, before you begin to play. Start with the first five words of the matching game cards (can, cat, is, me, and not); these cards are all red, with a skunk, and the number one. First, mix all 10 cards up and then place all of them face down on the table. Select two cards at random to begin playing the “matching game” with your student. Each player should read the words out loud as they pick cards during their turn. Repeat this process until your student has mastered these five words — but keep in mind this is not a race. Students should continue playing Game 1 (and every other Game) as long as necessary.
After completing the Skunk (red) Games 1 and 2, show your student the corresponding flashcard. The flashcards help students transition to short sentences, while introducing capitalization and punctuation. This is also an opportunity for you to assess your child’s learning so far. Those students able to read the flashcard then move on to play Games 3 and 4, then the 2nd flashcard; and then work on the last flashcard after mastering the words in Games 5 and 6. Once they have learned the 30 words contained in all the matching game cards, students can apply these new words to the Skunk book.
Students move on to the Snake (orange) materials after finishing all 6 Games for the Skunk level. The process is repeated and students learn 30 new words playing Games 1-6 for the Snake level. The 30 words learned previously are also incorporated in the Snake materials, bringing your student’s total progress to 60 words after finishing the Snake book. Each new level continues to incorporate the words learned in the earlier levels, allowing students to apply their knowledge throughout the entire process. The frequent play and fast-paced nature of the matching game stimulates students’ long-term memory; providing your student with the knowledge and confidence to successfully read the book at the end of every level. Kids also love the sense of accomplishment and constant positive reinforcement they enjoy through play. It’s not school, it’s a game!
For more information, including ordering information, supplemental worksheets, pricing, and more, please visit their website at www.thereadinggame.com. In the “For Educators” section, you can find pre/post assessments to better understand your student’s reading level. Try using the Pre/Post Card Game Sight Word Assessment before and after each of the six card games. You will be amazed at how far your student progresses and it allows you to identify any challenging words s/he may encounter.
By Sarita Holzmann, Sonlight, President & Founder
When summer break comes around, you couldn’t stop some book-loving kids from reading if you wanted to. But what about children who still struggle to read? What can you do this summer to encourage them? Here are six simple ideas:
- Keep reading!
Even if you take a well-deserved break from other studies, most children benefit from continuing to read every day. This could mean sharing a read-aloud together at bedtime, having your children read to you, or setting aside 20 minutes a day for everyone to grab a book and read silently.This steady little bit of work each day can pave the way for a reading breakthrough. It also keeps your kids from losing whatever reading confidence they’ve built up over the school year.
- Read to a dog
Several different studies show that reading out loud to dogs can help kids gain confidence and fluency in reading. A quick Google search for “Reading to Rover” will turn up interesting studies and various library programs around the country.
It seems that kids love the fact that the dog won’t judge them, won’t correct them, and listens with endless patience. Plus, these pets tend to calm children who would otherwise be nervous about reading out loud.So if you have a cooperative dog at home, consider encouraging your children to read one-on-one to their furry audience.
- Let your children read books a notch below their ability level
Sometimes, we eager mothers want our children to push themselves all the time. But when you’re helping children fall in love with reading, that may not be the best strategy. It’s often better to let them read books that might seem too easy for them.You want great stories to draw your children in so they’re compelled to keep going. But when kids are frustrated because they struggle with each page of a book, they will probably miss the joy of the story. They may decide that reading is an unwelcome, unrewarding chore.But if children are allowed to read exciting books a bit below their ability, they will slowly gain confidence and (we trust!) eventually catch the reading bug. When that happens, they’ll probably shoot ahead and start choosing harder books Better to lay a foundation for the love of reading before pushing too far ahead.
- Check out audio books for long road trips
Summer road trips are the perfect opportunity to catch some great books on CD. Just head to your library and check out some audio books before you take off.When my husband and I would take the kids on car trips, I used to get audio books from the library and a small CD player for each child. The only thing we’d hear from the kids for hours on end was, “Can you pass me another book?” I must say, it’s a nice way to promote reading … and some peace and quiet in the back seat.
- Join (or create) a summer reading program
Whether or not your kids are already hooked on reading, they might enjoy a local reading program. With fun events and prizes, these programs can have great influence in getting kids to read. If your local library or book store doesn’t host a program, consider creating your own. A simple sticker chart with some basic prizes (such as an ice cream cone or a special date with mom or dad) could be all that you need for some serious reading fun this summer.
- Model reading for your children
Don’t forget to pick out some great books for yourself, too. When your children see you enjoy reading on your own, it helps them realize that reading is a worthwhile activity. So don’t feel guilty for heading out to the porch with a good book this summer. It may actually help your children!
If you’re wondering what to read during your break, take a look at the Sonlight Summer Readers (my own kids have great memories of many of these titles) or the remarkable Readers and Read-Alouds in Sonlight Core programs. But be careful, parents tell me the pleas for “One more chapter!” never diminish once they start.