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!
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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Download on Amazon
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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.
Got a phone or tablet?
Download all 3 games for just £4.99 on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Amazon device. Practice mode included.
Enjoy teaching your monster to read!
Very occasionally, the Teach Your Monster to Read app is completely free to download for a short period of time. Once you've downloaded the app, there's nothing to pay after the free period ends.
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