But when it comes to phonics, I haven't really known where to start. To be honest, I have been scared of mispronouncing things and causing confusion when my son starts school.
So yesterday afternoon I sat with my son on my lap and we tried out a new game called 'Teach Your Monster to Read'. This game is absolutely free and we really enjoyed playing it. I'm pretty sure we both learned a lot too, though we were having so much fun that it didn't seem like hard work.
Whether it was herding sheep into the right pen:
Playing a retro platform game with flowers telling you which direction to go in:
Or trying to rescue the princess by choosing the right sounds to climb the tower:
- very strong link between the sounds and the letters
- your child can choose which games they play and which prizes they are playing for
- it features the voice of Simon Farnaby, from Horrible Histories
So we will definitely be playing this again!
Draw a Monster Competition
The folks at Teach Your Monster to Read would love to see your little monsters’ monster designs.
They’re giving away £200 of Usborne books to the monsters the judges would most like to have as a pet.
For a chance to win, they’re asking children to draw (or paint or build) a monster and send a photograph of the finished work to go in their online gallery.
The monster can be one from the Teach Your Monster to Read game or from your imagination – it can be friendly, spooky, scary or silly!
The judges will be Cathy James from www.nurturestore.co.uk plus her two daughters – they will have the hard task of choosing the winning pet monsters.
1st prize: £150 worth of Usborne books of your choice*2nd and 3rd prizes: £25 worth of Usborne books of your choice*
* Subject to availability, of course!
How to enter
Send a photograph of your monster’s monster drawing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is 5pm on Friday 9th November 2012.
The winners will be announced on Friday 16th November 2012
For full competition details - check out the Teach Your Monster to Read blog.
Disclosure: we will be sent 3 books of our choice from the Usbourne: Very First Reading Series as a thank you for publicising the competition.