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A monster poem by Judith

Teach Your Monster to Read fans love to share their passion for the game in all sorts of ways. We enjoy seeing pictures of your amazing monster creations and it's great to read all about how the monsters inspire children across the globe. Recently we received a beautiful poem written by Judith, from the perspective of her grandson, who loves to play Teach Your Monster to Read...

Most days I have extra fun

Teaching my monster to read

Dodging meteors then when done

I have my monster to feed.

We pop words into his mouth

He chomps them by the score

We journey north, west and south

Until we have some more.

I have trickies to chase and tickle

Until I catch them in my pocket.

Sometimes I get in quite a pickle

When I can’t guide my rocket

Lots of letter planets to explore

Adventures, challenges as we go

A secret gate, a hidden door

Stars to collect, paths to follow.

Passing goblins, spells to read

That part is quite hard

Because if I don’t succeed

My way ahead is barred.

So I try and try my very best

To read the goblin’s spell

I’ve done it ! (though it is a test)

I’m told I’ve done so well.

Soon my monster will love to read

Surrounded by his books

He’s had his words, a tasty feed

He grabs them with his hooks.

So now my monster lives with me

We both love reading together

As I sit upon his knee

Monster friend and I forever.

By Judith from the perspective of her grandson James.

Do you have any inspiring creations of your own? Let us know on Facebook or email. We'd love to hear from you.

Our app goes free until end of September!

We're giving away the new Teach Your Monster to Read app for free until 30th September 2016!

FREE - Download on the App Store

59p ($0.99) - Download on Google Play Store

FREE - Download on Amazon AppStore

Teach Your Monster to Read is the award-winning phonics game that helps children learn to read. We're delighted to be making the game accessible to more children at home and at school, by making it available for free on iPad, free on Amazon Appstore and only 59p ($0.99) on Google Play.

The web-based game has been played by children over a million times, so releasing a tablet app version of the game is an exciting new phase for everyone involved. Peter Usborne, founder of the Usborne Foundation says this makes the game even more accessible to teachers and children:

"As teachers and students head back to school after the summer break, this is the perfect time for people to download the app onto as many devices as they need to."

"We know that the cost of classroom resources can stack up, which is why we’re giving teachers the chance to get it for free."

The game, which is designed in collaboration with leading academics from Roehampton University, covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.

Download the app now to get it for free on iPad in the App Store. Got an Android device? Get it free in the Amazon Appstore or just 59p ($0.99) in the Google Play store. The free period ends on 30th September. The price will revert back to £3.99 ($4.99) and all profits go back into the Usborne Foundation, enabling us to make more great resources.

FREE - Download on the App Store

59p ($0.99) - Download on Google Play Store

FREE - Download on Amazon AppStore

Android and iPad now ready to play!

We’re excited to announce that Teach Your Monster to Read is now available for Android and iPad tablets.

The new app includes these fantastic features:

  • All three games are included, covering 2 years of the reading journey.
  • Connects and syncs to the online version of the game - great for teachers and students.
  • Multiple player accounts are now available on one device.

It is available on the App Store, Google Play and also Amazon. They are priced at £3.99/$4.99 and all profits from the app go back to the Usborne Foundation to create free online content and resources.

If you already own the iPad app then upgrade to get all three games in one.

What do people think of Teach Your Monster to Read?

“My class have reaped loads of benefits from using the programme and the difference in some of their reading skills has been dramatic." Maria Andrews, Foundation Phase Teacher

This game is the absolute best quality phonics game I have come across for educational and fun value.
Marie Lewis, Rochdale

Read the reviews here: http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/reviews

Transferring players and groups

If your students have moved to another teacher’s class or year group then you can now transfer players to that teacher’s Teach Your Monster to Read account

Watch this video to see how to transfer players or read on.

Transfer a player

Click on ‘More’ next to the player’s name and in the dropdown go to ‘Edit/Transfer/Delete’
Scroll down the player’s page and go to ‘Transfer player’
Type in the email address of the new teacher (that teacher must have an account set up on Teach Your Monster to Read)

Transfer a whole group

Go to the group’s page and scroll down to the “Transfer Group” section.

Transfer a whole account

Go to Account Settings in your dashboard and scroll down to ‘Transfer Account’. You can either create a new account to which everything will move, or transfer everything to an existing account holder.

Please send us your feedback about this new feature, we’d love to hear how it is working in schools. [email protected]

PS: The game is now available to test on Android tablets and iPad. Find out more: http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/blog/testing-our-app

Review of the game by Peter Cassidy, teacher and parent

This review by Peter Cassidy is based on his observations of his daughter, Emily Cassidy-Oki, using the product.

Peter’s daughter Emily playing ‘Teach Your Monster to Read’.

“Teach Your Monster to Read” is the perfect blend of game and teaching-tool for families or educators looking to get their children / students intrinsically motivated to read. Emergent readers can choose the beginning levels that offer captivating and achievable challenges in a framework of contextual narratives. Creating the monster is just the beginning and the gamers will soon realise that reading leads to advancing the story and to helping develop one’s monsters with add-ons that they can choose along the way. Rewards are gathered and the goal of exploring more planets is embedded in a strategic linguistic journey that teaches reading and phonemic awareness. Context-rich graphics and riddles presented in this wonderful journey lay the groundwork for choosing the right paths leading to learner empowerment. The wide variety of skill-based activities add a surprise element that is facilitated by a narrator who encourages every step of the way. Parents, teachers and children will not be disappointed by this free resource that was created for the purpose of supporting learners as they develop a foundation for lifetime reading skills.

Three games in one brilliant app!

We’re excited to announce that all three Teach Your Monster to Read games will be available on Android tablets and iPad in March 2016!

What’s new in the tablet version:

  • Connects to the online version of the game – great for teachers and students
  • Includes First Steps, Fun With Words and Champion Reader
  • Hours of game play in one app – covers two years of learning
  • Children can now change their monsters!

Keep a lookout for further announcements and the app launch in the coming weeks.
Keep on reading!

What do people think of Teach Your Monster to Read?

“My class have reaped loads of benefits from using the programme and the difference in some of their reading skills has been dramatic.
Maria Andrews, Foundation Phase Teacher

This game is the absolute best quality phonics game I have come across for educational and fun value.
Marie Lewis, Rochdale

Read the reviews here: www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/reviews

BAFTA Nominated!

We’re delighted to announce that Teach Your Monster to Read has been nominated for a children’s BAFTA.

Hooray!

The awards ceremony takes place on 22nd November in London. We’re up against some other fantastic interactive content such as, Escargot Escape Artistes, Virry and Monster Mingle. Wish us luck!

Here’s a full list of the nominations.

http://www.bafta.org/press/press-releases/childrens-awards-nominations-announced

Time for a monster dance!!

I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away.

Matt Lovegrove, Cippenham Primary School

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Why Play?

  • Covers letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
  • Designed in collaboration with leading academics.
  • Computer version is 100% free.

FAQ

Why is the computer version free?

The game has been funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.

Our mission is to help as many children learn to read as possible. The computer version is 100% free and we put profits from the app back into the Usborne Foundation, to continue to create new and exciting ways for children to learn.

The charity was founded by Peter Usborne MBE and his children, Nicola and Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye.

What age is it for?

The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice. Read more details about the three games.

How do children learn from the game?

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Find out exactly what the game covers.

Will it work on my device?

The game runs on any normal laptop or desktop computer (including Apple Macs) and the app works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle tablets.

Who are The Usborne Foundation?

Peter Usborne is the founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and was recently awarded an MBE for services to publishing.

Testimonials

"I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away."

Matt Lovegrove,
Cippenham Primary School

"The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning!"

John Hole,
Wray Common Primary School

"This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!"

Sarah Fox,
mum to Leon aged 5

This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!

Sarah Fox, mum to Leon aged 5

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