Vendor Name: The Reading Game
Vendor Contact: Contact page
Name of Product: The Reading Game
Age Range: 4 years and up
What is The Reading Game? (from the website)
The Reading Game is a fast-action memory card game. It includes a series of six beautifully illustrated storybooks.
The Cards & Books work together to make learning to read exciting and enjoyable.
Game sessions are fun-filled with a winner every few seconds.
After completing the first memory card game, the student has thirty words “hardwired” into memory.
The Skunk story, Book One in the series, is told using only those thirty words.
On completing the series, the student has a reading vocabulary of 180 words.
Almost half of them are among the one hundred most commonly used words in the English language. The Reading Game was created by “Wordly Wise” author, Kenneth Hodkinson.
I used this with my 5 year old, not-yet-reading-but-says-he-wants-to-son, who was very, very excited when it came to our house and wanted to start reading the books right away. Once I explained that we had to play the card game first before he could read the books, he wasn’t as thrilled – he thinks he should just be able to pick up a book and read it. The explanation I’ve given that each letter has a sound and that then helps us form words hasn’t quite sunk in yet – and it’s for this reason that I’ve put off typical phonics curriculum and requested to review this game because he loves games and it may help us with his reading.
When we began to play he was having fun but as the novelty wore off and he became frustrated with not getting some of the words he eventually lost total interest. As it is with my son, if it frustrates him the best thing to do is let him leave it alone and revisit it again later. I also liked the fact that if I wasn’t available to play it with him, my 9 year old can easily pull it out and do it with him – but it seems he gets more frustrated when she’s playing it with him than when I’m playing it.
The game is easy to play and figure out and as the child continues to memorize more words the sooner they are reading the books that correspond to the card game. The books and games go in the order of Skunk, Snake, Bear, Penguins, Unicorn and Zebra. Each story has 6 games that go along with it after every two games the student is given test sentences using words learned either in those games or the ones before it. During the test if the child has a hard time or struggles with it playing a refresher game is the recommended course of action. After passing all the test sentences for Skunk and reading the book the child then moves on in order to the games and books to learn 30 new additional words in each story.
The cards are easily identifiable with what story they belong to with a picture of the animal and what game they go to. With numbers 1-6 the parent can easily tell what is Bear game 1 cards or Penguins game 5 cards. Not only do the animals match but the colors for the covers match the color of the cards as well. The books are illustrated in black and white, which for my reading 7 year old (who read the Penguin book) but didn’t play the game, was a plus since it’s wasn’t something that took her attention from the words.
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**This is a TOS Crew Review. I was given this game from The Reading Game in order to facilitate my review and in order to give my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.