Many Early Years practitioners will be extremely aware on the emphasis of phonics teaching, especially as colleagues in England test 5&6 year olds on their development each year. Finding new, exciting ways to encourage early reading can be a challenge, especially to those youngsters who become easily distracted during such sessions.
Teach Your Monster to Read is a great concept to encourage children get to grips with the sounds letters make complimenting Phases 2-4 of Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes.
Also freely available online (click here), the resource is now also available as an iPad App, using the same concepts as the online version, but have the added value of being portable so youngsters can continue their adventures anywhere. To start, the child needs to create their own monster, using a series of easy to manage options and a fun set of design choices. They are now ready for the adventure to begin.
Simply put, your monster visits different islands as they try to get help to fix a broken space ship. Challenges are set on each island, all teaching and reinforcing the letters and sounds, starting with s-a-t-p on the first island, going through to x-y-z-zz on the final challenge.
The game is a phonics-based reading adventure for children aged 3 – 6. It was created and developed by The Usborne Foundation, a charitable fund set up by Peter Usborne of Usborne Publishing. The series takes children on a journey through the graphemes; practising recognition, blending and segmenting with each. The game introduces and practices tricky words, plus reading whole sentences and captions.
This is a fantastic resource which can easily be implemented in the early years, or to support children who are struggling to get to grips with basic phonics. The very engaging nature of the app keeps youngsters focused as they embark on their adventure. Teach Your Monster to Read is freely available online, with the iPad App available for £2.99* via the Apple App Store (Click on the link below to view).
*Price correct at time of publication.