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What does each game cover?

There are three Teach Your Monster to Read games to play, covering 2 years of the reading journey. Please read through their educational content to decide which game is right for your child.

Game 1: First Steps

For children just starting to learn letters and sounds.

First Steps gives children extra practice for whichever phonics scheme they’re using in school.

  • Practice for 31 letter-sound combinations:
    s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, qu, v, w, x, y, z, zz
  • Blending and segmenting practice with CVC words
  • The first 6 non-decodable (‘tricky”) words

Get a full overview of First Steps (pdf)


Game 2: Fun With Words

For children who are confident with early letter-sound combinations and are starting to read sentences.

NB: If you’re not sure, try game 1 first.

Fun With Words gives children extra practice for whichever phonics scheme they’re using in school:

  • Practice of new letter-sound combinations:
  • ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
  • Lots of blending and segmenting practice with CVC, CVCC, CCV and CCVC words
  • Practice of non-decodable (‘tricky’) words:
  • he, she, the, to, we, me, be, was, no, go, my, you, they, her, all, are, said, so, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, do when, out, what
  • Reading and comprehension of sentences, from short ones such as “Get the cat” to longer ones such as “Can you get me an owl that is not green or red?”

Get a full overview of Fun With Words (pdf)

Game 3: Champion Reader

For children who are confidently reading short sentences and know all of the basic letter-sound combinations.

Important: Champion Reader is our most advanced game and children should be ready to play it.

They must:

  • be able to read and understand short sentences like: ‘Go and get me a black bee for my jar,' she said.
  • have secure knowledge of the following graphemes / phonemes:
    s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, qu, v, w, x, y, z, zz, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

The game gives children extra practice for whichever phonics scheme they’re using in school:

  • Introduces alternative spellings of sounds (e.g. /ai/ as used in eight and they)
  • Introduces alternative pronunciations (e.g. i as pronounced in fin and find)
  • More non-decodable (‘tricky”) words
  • Lots of reading for meaning and comprehension - from sentences to magical little books

Get a full overview of Champion Reader (pdf)