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Only through this site can you order a DISCOUNTED pre-release copy of the award winning 2nd edition of "The Reading Game" or GIVE a game to a child in need through the the non-profit, First Book. Retailers, there is also an option for you to receive a case at 60% off retail! Check out the contributor perks to find the perk for you. Delivery for all new orders will be January 2014.
About the Game:
Make Learning To Read Fun, Fast and Effective with The Reading Game. These fast paced memory card games with accompanying flashcards and content-rich storybooks can help ANY child learn to read without frustration. The staged learning format first teaches individual words, followed by short phrases using those words, and then graduates to a full-length storybook. This format ensures success - even for struggling readers.
o The Reading Game is a fast-action memory card word game.
o Its captioned picture flashcards reinforce the words learned through game play.
o Each of the content rich storybooks is told using only the 30 words learned through game play to ensure reading success and to build confidence in reading.
o On completing the series, the student has a reading vocabulary of 180 words, many of them Dolch and High Frequency words and will have successfully read six storybooks all on their own.
o The Reading Game meets Common Core State Standards for Language and Literacy Arts in four skill sets: Foundational Skills, Language, Speaking & Listening and Reading (Literature and Informational Text)
The Reading Game includes 6 decks of brightly colored memory word cards, 6 sets of picture flashcards, 6 illustrated storybooks, and Parent/Teacher Guide. MSRP $34.95. Ages 4+ and struggling readers. 2 players or small reading groups.
Over forty years ago the author of "The Reading Game", Kenneth Hodkinson, wrote the first of the Wordly Wise series of vocabulary builders. Constantly revised and updated and now encompassing all grades from K through 12, Wordly Wise today is the gold standard in vocabulary development and is used in over 10,000 school systems in the United States.
Ken is now a grandfather with two granddaughters, Caitlyn and Ashleen. His curiosity was piqued when he noticed that Ashleen, the younger of the two, would pretend to read by holding a book and turning the pages; he also noticed that she required that he point his finger at each word as she was being read to. Ashleen was ready to read. The problem was that Ashleen was not yet in kindergarten.
Ken decided not to wait. He developed an early vocabulary builder, a learn to read game he called "The Reading Game.” He tested his learn to read program on Ashleen and turned her into an early reader in just over a week. The confidence she gained from being able to read these six books gave her the boost and the motivation she needed to continue to expand her reading skills.
You can see how the memory card game works (in its protoype incarnation): and hear Ashleen read her first book ever after playing the matching card game that accompanies the first book, Skunk.
From this exciting beginning, Ken decided that "The Reading Game" should be tested, and if found to be effective across a wide-spectrum of children, brought to market.
Working as a small family business, Ken and his two daughters, Erika and Jessica, have spent the past few years on the testing, development and refinement of The Reading Game. This is an image of the first edition which was launched two years ago to great reviews and some great awards:
“The Reading Game is a great product - it is the foundation of reading, period! - Jennifer Skeels, Reading Intervention Specialist, La Mesa/Spring Valley School District, CA
"This is a remarkable game - fun, fast-paced, and highly effective at helping kids learn to read." - The Tilliywig Brain Child Awards Panel
“Our kids LOVE this game. All 3 of them like to play it and everyday our 6 year old asks me to play it with him at least once a day. As a former Pre-K teacher, I love how this game also meets many of the Common Core Standards making it a true learning game.” …- The Johns Family Review
"Sometimes you find a company that just 'gets it!' That is what we have here. The creators of The Reading Game 'get it!' Making reading fun and easy encourages those who are new to it and reluctant even, to begin on the journey and not look back. It is a nice, comprehensive set, that is easy to understand and use right out of the box. This is great to have for at home, a preschool or a learning center at your kindergarten class." - Family Review Center Awards Panel
"All the students love the concentration memory game piece and the stories about animals are age appropriate/engaging (even my third grader with learning disabilities loves it and doesn’t find it babyish)." Nicole Thoen, Instructional Intervention Coach, Hillsborough County School District, Portland, OR
“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
Distribution, Awards and Publicity: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 game was also featured on national TV in a news piece on developing literacy through game play with National Association of Elementary School Principals.
What We Need & What You Get
listened to parent and teacher feedback from the very successful, almost out
of stock,1st edition and are now going forward with
a second print run which will incorporate this feedback. In this updated,
enhanced, 2nd edition we introduce a staged learning format with the addition
of picture flashcards to help the child transition from stand-alone words in
the memory card game to short phrases incorporating those words. We are also introducing capitalization
and punctuation through the picture flashcards and storybooks.
We are a small business making the jump to the next level and in making that jump, want to help the nonprofit social enterprise charity, First Book, (www.firstbook.org) in its mission to provide reading material to children in need AND offer our backers an opportunity to get a pre-release copy of the 2nd edition of the game at $10 off retail.
The goal of this campaign is to build confidence and enjoyment in reading and we wanted to make sure we are achieving that goal for all children; that is why we are partnering with First Book on this IndieGoGo Cause Campaign to donate as many copies of the new game to schools and programs that serve children in need. First Book donates millions of books each year to children through schools and other educational programs.
Our Goal is to reach $10,000 in pledges to help offset the $34,000 printing costs of the 2nd edition printed AND to donate much needed learn-to-read materials to First Book. For every $25 pledged, First Book will receive a copy of "The Reading Game" to provide to a child in need. This $25 can be met through $1, $5 or $25 donations. All donations will be thanked on The Reading Game's "Giving the Gift of Early Literacy" FaceBook page.
When pledging at the $25 level, you can choose to get your own pre-release copy of the game at $10.00 off retail or donate the game to First Book! If the $10,000 goal is reached, First Book could receive up to 400 games and possibly more (depending on how many people choose to keep a game for themselves at the $25 level)
We only need 400 $25 investments to make this happen!! Even if we don't make our goal, every $25 reached means a game for a child served by First Book as we have committed to this print run edition and games are to be delivered this December.
Everything raised over $10,000 means more product for First Book. (There is no limit to our stretch goals - we'll just print more games!) Every $5,000 raised means another 200 donations of The Reading Game to First Book.
First Book provides free and reduced cost books to over 70,000 Schools and Programs and has distributed more than 100 million books. Delivery of the donated games to First Book's warehouses will be in early January of 2014.
Forty-two percent of children in the United States — more than 30 million — live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced. Approximately two-thirds of these schools and programs cannot afford to buy books at retail prices. That’s where First Book comes in. A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide new books and educational resources at deeply reduced prices — and for free — to schools and programs serving children in need. We provide teachers and program administrators with greater purchasing power and access to high-quality books that otherwise would not be available to them. Through First Book, educators can create enriched learning experiences for their students, and the children can enjoy an ongoing supply of wonderful new books
Help us help them reach as many kids as possible or give the gift of early literacy to a child in your life!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute, you can still help!.....
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