Is your child just beginning to read? The Reading
Game is a fun supplement for reinforcing early readers through
simple, fast-paced card games and storybooks. Once your child can
recognize letter sounds, he or she is ready for The Reading Game.
It comes with six decks of cards, each teaching thirty of the most
commonly used words in the English language, as well as six books
that provide real reading practice with these newly learned words.
By the time your child finishes the program, he should be able
to easily read 180 words without hesitation.
Each "lesson" begins with a memory game, using one of the six
decks of word cards. Beginning with only the first five words of
the deck of cards you are working on, you play the memory game
with your child, making sure the words are read correctly. Once
your child can easily read those five words, another five are added.
Lessons continue in this manner until all thirty words of the deck
can be read correctly and fluently. Once the deck of cards is mastered,
the child is given the corresponding book to read. After the first
deck of cards and corresponding book are mastered, you follow the
same pattern through the next five decks of cards and books. Each
new book incorporates new words, as well as reviewing those previously
learned in earlier lessons.
It's that simple! One lesson can be as quick as a few minutes,
or it can last several minutes if your child's interest stays strong.
The cards and books are engaging, but they don't include lots of
bells and whistles which might distract new readers. I was surprised
to find that the text of the books doesn't include capitals or
punctuation. The author explains that new readers don't need to
be distracted by "mysterious squiggles and dots", so he chose not
to include them in the booklets. Additionally, since the word cards
don't include uppercase letters, it would be confusing to see new
letter shapes in the books. You are encouraged to teach capitals
and punctuation once your child becomes a good reader, and maybe
even come back to the books to add them as an additional lesson.
The Reading Game is appropriate for any new reader, but could
be especially useful for children who enjoy more active learning.
The method is simple but creative, and I'm finding it to be successful
with my little guy.