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Be our monster for the day!

We require a person to be the Teach Your Monster to Read monster for the day!

We’re looking for someone to wear the monster mascot costume in a London school on the morning of 15th May 2015. It will be a fun day, interacting with children and teachers and you’ll be promoting the new and free Teach You Monster to Read game, Champion Reader.

The costume is made for someone over 5’6″ tall. We also require the person to have an up-to-date DBS check for this role.

Please get in touch if you are interested in this paid position: [email protected]

Receive a letter from your monster.

When a child is half way through Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps, you can now download a letter from their monster.

In the letter, the monster thanks the child for helping it on its reading journey. It also encourages the player to complete the rest of the Teach Your Monster to Read games so it can keep learning its letters and sounds.

Just log into your account, find the player’s name and click the ‘Monster letter’ link to download and print the letter.

We’d like to hear what parents think of this new feature. Just send us an email to [email protected] or make a comment in the box below.

Share your monster letters online – we’d love to see them!

www.facbook.com/teachyourmonstertoread

www.twitter.com/monsterscanread

Launching this June! Champion Reader.

We’re pleased to announce that the third Teach Your Monster to Read game will launch on June 4th 2015. We cannot wait to share the game with our players!

Entitled ‘Champion Reader’, this game will find the monsters in a new universe full of fascinating planets to explore and curious new characters to meet. These include the wise woman Jessica, who is the monsters’ friend and guide, the horrible green Goblin Prince who turns people into blocks of ice, and Mrs Jumble and Mrs Jangle, the two top-hatted creatures who have lost their marbles!

Continue the reading adventure with Teach Your Monster to Read: Champion Reader

Explore different ways of representing the same sound
Explore alternative ways of sounding out the same letters
Read more tricky words and play more blending and segmenting games
Read for purpose with magical little books
The computer version is 100% free, forever.

Teach Your Monster to Read 3: Champion Reader complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools.

For a more details about the educational content of Champion Reader, please read our game by game comparison.

To play Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps or Teach Your Monster to Read: Fun With Words then log into your account or sign up here: www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

Practise phonics with these phonics baskets

This phonics activity can be created using toys or things you find in the home or classroom. Write down the phonemes on a piece of paper that you’d like your child to practise. Ask them to put each object starting with the same phoneme into the corresponding basket.

Take a look on the Imagination Tree website for detailed way to set this activity up:

http://theimaginationtree.com/2014/03/phonics-activity-sorting-baskets.htm

New features for teachers!

We’ve been improving the Teach Your Monster to Read website to make it more useful for teachers and students. Here are some of the upgrades we’ve made this month:

Passwords:

You can now turn passwords off completely so children can log in using only their name. Just pop into your account settings to do this.
If you’re using auto-generated passwords, you can now choose to print out your passwords in capital or lowercase letters on password cards or in letters to parents.
Certificates, password cards and posters:

Password cards, certificates and posters can now be downloaded in bulk.
You can download posters and certificates for all your players, particular players or those in a group.
Progress reports:

Progress reports can now be downloaded for a whole group so you can compare the stats across a class.
Teacher to parent letter:

We have made sharing the game easier. Teachers can now easily edit a letter to parents. The letter contains login details for each of their students and can be printed in bulk.
We hope you find these new features useful – many of the changes have come out of conversations with our players.

Please get in touch if you have further suggestions, ideas or feedback about the website and game. We’d love to hear them!

The Teach Your Monster to Read team

The winner of the Christmas colouring competition is…

Congratulations to Ashley Knight, the winner of the Teach Your Monster to Read Christmas colouring competition!

Ashley created the monster ‘Sprout’. Sprout wanted lots of books for Christmas – we think he’ll be happy with his book prize.

Here is Ashley with his winning picture.

The competition was judged by Teach Your Monster to Read illustrator Rich Wake,

Rich said:

“The winner for me is definitely Sprout by Ashley because I love the goggly eyes, pom-poms and glitter that have been added. Very creative and very Christmassy. Also the colouring in is really neat”.

Well done Ashley!

Here are some of the other fantastic entries into the competition. Thank you for sending through your monsters.

Christmas colouring in competition!

We’ve launched a fun and festive colouring in competition just in time for the holidays.

The winner will receive £50 of Usborne books.

How to enter.

Colour in this downloadable picture and email your entries to [email protected] by 31st December 2014.

Rich Wake, the wonderful illustrator for Teach Your Monster to Read will judge the entries. We’re looking for the most colourful designs!

For competition terms and conditions go to: www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/legals

The team at Teach Your Monster to Read would like to wish all our players (monsters) a very merry christmas!

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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