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Reading games

Playing games with children is very worthwhile. The children learn to co-operate with each other and develop a sense of right and wrong. It can also be a very effective way of learning.

In the classroom it is difficult to play games unless there is plenty of adult help available. It is much better to encourage parents to play games with their children. If the games are sent home a copy of the instructions from the next page should be sent with them.

All of the games have a track to follow. Each game has some reading on it, starting with simple three letter words and progressing to multi-syllabic words. It is another way of giving the children practice in blending sounds to read words.

Instructions to play: A dice is needed to play the games. It is better to restrict the numbers to 1, 2 and 3. Cover numbers 4, 5, and 6 with sticky paper and write 1, 2 and 3 on them. Counters are also needed, one for each player.

Put the counters on the ‘Start’. Each player takes it in turn to throw the dice and move along. If you land on a word, you try and read it. If you get it correct you move on one space and if you cannot read it you go back one space. The first person to reach the ‘Finish’ is the winner. Players do not need to throw an exact number to finish.