To publish the 2nd edition of their award-winning learn to read program, “The Reading Game,” a San Diego based father/daughter business came up with an innovative way to raise funds for printing costs AND help children in need through a national literacy non-profit.
Partnering with First Book, the “Give the Gift of Early Literacy” campaign was launched in late October on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo.com. Through this campaign, backers chose to GET a pre-release copy of the 2nd edition of the game for a child in their life, or GIVE a game to a child in need. The game helps children build early literacy skills and confidence in reading.
Kenneth Hodkinson, the author of The Reading Game, is also the author of the best-selling Wordly Wise series of vocabulary builders. Encompassing all grades from K through 12, Wordly Wise is the gold standard in vocabulary development and is used in over 10,000 school systems in the United States. These books have educated millions of Americans.
Working with his daughter, Erika Bird, The Reading Game was first launched two years ago. Thousands of parents and over 150 school systems now use “The Reading Game” in their classrooms and over 30 retailers stock the game in stores across the United States. “The Reading Game” is used internationally in Singapore, Bermuda, The Philippines, Korea, Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, etc.. It’s won four awards including the Dr Toy Best Picks for Children’s Products, The Tillywig Brain Child Award, Homeschool.com’s Seal of Approval and Top Educational Gift Pick of 2011, and The Family Review Center’s Gold Award.
The Reading Game works because of a child’s familiarity with the card game memory; because of its staged learning format; and because the stories are told using only the 30 words learned through game play, which the child can read without hesitation or frustration after playing the game.
The Reading Game has just launched it’s 2nd, Enhanced Edition.
The multiple-award winning learn to read game, The Reading Game, has just launched its 2nd, enhanced edition. Using play to teach need-to-know words and helping children build confidence and enjoyment with their first independent reading experience is what has made the game so successful.
The Reading Game works by teaching children the words they need to be able read a storybook independently. It does this through a fast-action memory card word game which teaches five words at a time. Its captioned-picture flashcards reinforce the words learned through game play in short sentences and introduce capitalization and punctuation. Each of the content rich stories is told using only the 30 words learned through game play.
This staged learning format ensures success and no frustration – even for struggling readers. “My kids LOVED this game and what was even more exciting then that was my middle son who has learning issues and struggles to read really LOVED the game. It brought tears to my eyes to see how into the game he was. When you can make a subject fun for a child that usually dreads it, you know it is a hit!” Angela Richter, Mom and Blogger with Angela’s Analysis Review.
The Reading Game has six levels, each with its own card game, flashcards and storybook. The program teaches 180 vocabulary words; including Dolch and High Frequency Words for K & 1st Grade levels. It has been awarded the Tillywig Brain Child Toy of the Year Award, Dr. Toy’s Best Picks for Children’s Products, The Family Review Center Gold Seal, and Homeschool.com Seal of Approval and meets Common Core Standards for Language and Literacy Arts. It was created by the author of the Wordly Wise vocabulary text-book series, which is used in over 10,000 school systems in the United States and is considered the gold standard in vocabulary development. Includes 6 decks of brightly colored cards, 6 sets of flashcards, 6 illustrated storybooks, and Parent’s Guide. MSRP $34.95