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We’re Finalists in the BETT Awards!

Exciting news just in – Teach Your Monster To Read has been nominated for an award! And it’s a good one, too.

We’re delighted to be in the running for a BETT award, which recognises excellence in ICT educational resources. We’re up for the ‘Early Years Digital Content’ gong, and we’re honoured to be mentioned in the same sentence as some of the other nominees.

The winners – as judged by a formidable bunch of ICT teachers, educational consultants and education journalists – will be announced in Jan 2013 at a swanky black tie do. Which should be just enough time for The Monster to dig out and dust off his tux…

Keep everything crossed for us!

Draw a Monster Competition!

It’s Halloween, it’s half term, so what could be better than a monster drawing competition?

We really love monsters here at Teach Your Monster to Read and we’d love to see your little monsters’ monster designs.

We’re giving away £200 of Usborne books to the monsters our judges would most like to have as a pet.

For a chance to win, we’re asking children to draw (or paint or build) a monster and send a photograph of the finished work to go in our online gallery.

The monster can be one from the Teach Your Monster to Read game or from your imagination – it can be friendly, spooky, scary or silly!

Our judges will be Cathy James from www.nurturestore.co.uk plus her two daughters – they will have the hard task of choosing the winning pet monsters.

Good luck!

Prizes:

1st prize: £150 worth of Usborne books of your choice*
2nd and 3rd prizes: £25 worth of Usborne books of your choice*

* Subject to availability, of course!

How to enter

Send a photograph of your monster’s monster drawing to [email protected]

Deadline is 5pm on Friday 9th November 2012.

The winners will be announced on Friday 16th November 2012

If you’d like to send your child’s first name and their age along with the entry, we’ll add it to the gallery alongside their picture, but please only do this if you’re willing for us to show these in the gallery.

Need some inspiration? Here’s a few monsters I have found! (yes I enjoyed doing this) http://pinterest.com/danniestar/monsters/

The competition is open to entries from the UK only. For the Terms and Conditions of the competition go to http://teachmonster.herokuapp.com/legals

The blog is up and running…

Welcome to our shiny new Teach Your Monster to Read blog. This will be the place where you can find helpful hints and tips on the game, where we share updates about our future projects and game development, and it’s also a space to share your player stories from school and home.

We’re also hoping to discuss some of the latest issues surrounding technology and teaching, reading and literacy, gaming in education and parenting young readers.

Ambitious!? Let’s see how it goes…

Teach Your Monster to Read: FREE for 1 week only!

Our Bafta-nominated game is FREE for teachers on all app stores from 26th February until 4th March 2018.

Helped over 4.5 million children learn to read

Teach Your monster to Read is the immensely popular game that makes learning to read fun. It has now been played over 40 million times worldwide and helped over 4.5 million children learn to read.

The game was developed by The Usborne Foundation, a charity founded by children’s publisher, Peter Usborne MBE, with a mission to help children around the world learn to read.

We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to learn and develop. Giving our phonics and reading app away for free enables teachers and pupils to benefit from using the game in classrooms and at home.

Complements phonics programmes used in schools

The game covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. There are three levels which between them cover the first two years of the reading journey. Developed in conjunction with leading academics from the University of Roehampton, it is educationally robust and complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools.

Widely praised by teachers and parents across the globe

  • The kids absolutely love this game - and they’re learning!
  • I am using the app with my reception class. The children are loving it! They are all really keen to progress and can be heard talking to their monsters as they are working with each phoneme.
  • Far and away the best reading tool we have found for our kids.
  • I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed playing this. It blew me away.
  • It’s phonics based approach is pedagogically sound and up to date with the latest thinking on the topic. All education software should be this well thought through.

Free period

The game will be free to download between Monday 26th February and Sunday 4th March. It will remain completely free to play on your device after this period.

Download on iTunes

Download on Google Play Store

Download on Amazon

Help our charity by spreading the word!

Example tweet / Facebook post: Get the BAFTA-nominated literacy app, Teach Your Monster to Read, for FREE this week only. Hurry, ends Sunday 4th March! apple.co/2f0Dgi1, amzn.to/2bXrdUe and tinyurl.com/GoogleTeachMonster #monsterscanread #phonics @monsterscanread

For press enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

5 phonics activities to help with learning to read

When it comes to helping children learn to read, it’s useful to have a few different tools to hand. Here are 5 resources to help!

Want help with a specific grapheme or letter sound?

Check out the practice mode on the app (for phones and tablets) or digital flashcards (for PC and laptop).

Want cards or posters?

Print our flashcards or display materials, complete with colourful monsters!

Want to get active?

Get phonics-fit by playing pass-the-sound relay race, or one of our other physical phonics games.

Want to sing-along?

Our animated phonics songs are specially designed for revising and teaching letter-sounds. 

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Got a phone or tablet?

Download all 3 games for just £4.99 on your iPhoneiPadAndroid or Amazon device. Practice mode included.



Enjoy teaching your monster to read!

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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