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About Teach Your Monster to Read


Teach Your Monster to Read is a series of games which help children to learn the key first stages of reading. 

Combining top quality game design with essential learning, the games complement most systematic synthetic phonics programmes.

They have been designed in collaboration with leading academics from The University of Roehampton.

Is Teach Your Monster to Read really free?

Teach Your Monster to Read is completely free to play on desktop and laptop computers. Sign up here. 

It's been provided by a charity, the Usborne Foundation, as a way of helping children learn to read. Read more on the About Us page.

The new Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps iPad app costs £3.99/$4.99 to download from the App Store.

Although the iPad version of "First Steps" is a paid-for app, the web-based version for computers is still free and contains Teach Your Monster to Read games: First Steps, Fun with Words and Champion Reader. Income from the iPad version will go back into the Usborne Foundation to create more free online games and content. 

What does each game cover?

Each game covers a different part of the reading journey, and are designed for children at different reading levels. 

You can find out more from this game by game comparison.

What equipment do we need to run them?

All of the games will run on any normal laptop or desktop computer (including Apple Macs).

Additionally for tablet users, our first game Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps is now available on iPad. Go to the play now page for more details.

How are the games educational? 

Find out about the educational value of Teach Your Monster to Read from Alison Kelly and Angela Colvert, reading experts from the University of Roehampton.

Why are these games different?

Tom Barrett, expert in education, ICT and gaming talks about why Teach Your Monster to Read is different to other products on the market.

How can we use the games in a school?

John Hole, from Wray Common Primary School, Surrey talks about how they've used Teach Your Monster to Read in their school.

Matt Rogers, from Snowsfields Primary School, London talks about how Teach Your Monster to Read is used in his classroom.

Who made Teach Your Monster to Read?

You can find out all about who funded and made the game on the About Us page.

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