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Teach Your Monster to Read (phonics and reading game for kids) - PEGI 3 - FREE @ IOS App Store

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Teach Your Monster to Read is the award-winning, phonics and reading game for kids. Enjoyed by over 30 million worldwide, Teach Your Monster to Read is a truly ground-breaking kids reading app that makes learning to read fun for little ones aged between 3-6.

Kids create their own unique monster to take on a magical journey across three reading games, encouraging them to learn to read by improving their skills as they progress while meeting a host of colourful characters along the way. The app also contains a host of minigames, which help children to develop speed and phonics accuracy.

Games 1, 2 and 3
1. First Steps – for children starting to learn phonics through letters and sounds
2. Fun With Words – for children who are confident with early letter-sound combinations and are starting to read sentences
3. Champion Reader – for children who are confidently reading short sentences and know all of the basic letter-sound combinations.

Developed in collaboration with leading academics at the UK’s University of Roehampton,
Teach Your Monster to Read offers a rigorous program that works with any phonics scheme, making it perfect for use in school or at home.

Why Teach Your Monster to Read?

• Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books
• Covers everything from phonics to reading full sentences
• Designed in collaboration with leading academics to compliment programs used in schools
• Teachers claim it’s a wonderful and captivating classroom tool that helps their students learn to read
• Parents have seen significant improvements in their children’s literacy within weeks
• Kids love learning through play
• There are no in-app purchases, hidden costs or in-game adverts

Teach Your Monster to Read has been created by Teach Monster Games Ltd. which is a subsidiary of The Usborne Foundation. The Usborne Foundation is a charity founded by children’s publisher, Peter Usborne MBE. Harnessing research, design and technology, we create playful media addressing issues from literacy to health. Funds raised from the game go back into the charity, to help us become sustainable and build new projects.

Teach Monster Games Ltd is a subsidiary of The Usborne Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales (1121957).

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    I'd rather get young children used to reading from books than an app.
    This is all about phonics, phonemes and graphemes - more the building blocks of reading.
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    This is a really good app to.encourage children to read
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    This is a surprisingly good game to help early years reading. It's probably worth buying at full price so a bargain when free.
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    Blimey, who needs teachers, parents with time and real books when we can lock in our child early to phone use!

    I'm in, if I can get my little saucepan to give me my blower back.
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    My kids had this when they were younger and it's great, highly recommend it!
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    This is such a good app, it's game-y enough for kids not to realise they're learning their phonics. Highly recommended, definitely good for early learning
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    Just wanna say!!! THIS IS ACE!!!
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    Excellent 👌
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    You should not teach your children to read using phonics. You should instead emphasise how to pronounce each letter of the alphabet correctly, making sure you also teach them the 26 corresponding words to the NATO radiotelephony alphabet (Bravo, Charlie, Hotel, Romeo, Sierra etc). You should then drill them on single consonants, pairs, vowels, diphthongs, and exceptions to the rule. Teaching them the IPA wouldn't go amiss either. Phonics is also bad for spelling, they should learn to spell by rote repetition until they can visualise every single letter of a word.

    I cannot emphasise how irritating I find stupid children, adolescents and even some adults try to spell things to me using "phonics", whereupon I simply tell them I haven't the faintest idea what they mean until they get the point to spell a word properly. (edited)
    I too don't really understand why its changing?.... all these new fangled razzmatazz things just for the sake of it. The world and the teachers themselves were built on the old ways.... why are idiots who got into their positions based on nepotism and cronyism allowed to make such pointless changes in our children's education? I can tell you, private schools do not pander to such frivolous styles of learning... that probably says a lot.
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    I first remember this happening back in 19-dickety-2.
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    Daughter started on this when she was 2, just mashing it at first, then really using it when she started school. She's 6 now, and reading off the charts, and it helps her with every other subject.

    Not sure how much this contributed but I'll definitely do this with our second.

    Personally have no problems with phonics wrt spellings. They make an amount of sense and if you learn them too, you can teach spellings with them. I think it's more important that children can read than spell. Cranks their vocab all the way up, and they teach themselves. Fine spelling and cursive handwriting can follow. It's not 1892. (edited)
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    I also recommend the app heartily. I'd recommend it at £5. Educational games in my day were very dull but 5yo son finds this a blast. He plays it a lot if he gets the chance.
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    my lad is doing really well at reading at school and I am convinced it is in part to do with this game. he loved playing it and really helped him learn to read.
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    Highly recommend......my daughter loved this!
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    This is a fab learning tool!

    Fun and relaxed pace with funny characters and a soothing voice over. Children VERY quickly start to read.

    My 5 year old who started with Teach My Monster is now reading chapter books
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    What accent are they teaching here? That's also something to consider.
    The main voice is UK unaccented English
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    I never learned phonics at school. I'm quite skeptical of its effectiveness. The English alphabet does not accurately represent the sounds of English. It's not a phonetic alphabet and phonics will just make children more confused. Reading books in class, dictation exercises and spelling tests will help them develop their skills.
    I think you’ve misunderstood what phonics is, as your comment precisely argues the need for phonics. The alphabet has 26 letters with names. The phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, etc) is words to make clear each letter of the alphabet. It is NOT the same ‘phonics’ as synthetic phonics, which this app is and children learn in school.

    Phonics takes 42+ sounds - made up of both single and multiple letters. Children learn to use these sounds to read and write words. It avoids the alphabet names - initially at least, as they do get introduced! - to avoid confusion. Practicing with decidable readers plus other techniques such as dictation help to improve their blending and segmenting skills to eventually become fluent and confident readers and writers.
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    What age is the earliest a child can use this?
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    I bought this before I knew its popularity was down to periodic giveaways like this one. Neither of my kids liked it much, and I got tired of the narrator's annoying voice. Now deleted.
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    £4.99 on iOS App Store ?
    Promotion has probably finished. Might happen again, you'd just have to wait a few months/years
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