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Game Overview

The Game Overview is a short PDF which gives a quick run down of how the games work, and how children learn from them.

First Steps Game Overview (PDF) and Fun With Words Game Overview (PDF).

Biographies

For information about The Usborne Foundation (funders of the project) or the team, visit the About Us page.

Team Photos

Photos of project spokespeople: Peter Usborne, Nicola Usborne, Angela Colvert, Alison Kelly, Antonio Gould (zip file)

Press Release

Press Release for Teach Your Monster to Read 3: Champion Reader

Trailer

Trailer for First Steps iPad App: http://vimeo.com/teachyourmonstertoread/app
Trailer for First Steps: http://vimeo.com/teachyourmonstertoread/trailer
Trailer for Fun With Words: https://vimeo.com/74126995
Trailer for Champion Reader: https://vimeo.com/129715970


Screenshots

Game 1 Screen Shots (.jpg)

The Run game (letter / sound matching game - jpg)
The Sheep game: (letter / sound matching game - jpg)
The Climb game: (segmenting game - jpg)
Introducing new sounds (jpg)
Blending demonstration (jpg)


Game 2 Screen Shots (.jpg)

The Space Race (blending/segmenting game - jpg)
The Parachute game (blending/segmenting game - jpg)
The Journey (sentence/caption reading game - jpg)


Game 3 Screen Shots (.jpg)

Ms Jangle and Ms Jumble game (explores ways of representing the same sound)
Super Jump game (helps rehearse segmenting using a target grapheme)
Dragon Game (helps rehearse the different ways of representing sounds)
Spell Book (engages children in purposeful, fun reading)
The Shop (children can buy clothing and equipment as a reward for learning)

First Steps iPad App Screen Shots (.jpg)

Islands
The Sheep game
The Climb game
Create a Monster
Rewards
Characters from the game

Monsters (.jpg)

Monster 1
Monster 2
Monster 3
Monster 4
Monster 5
Sorry, no .ai's available for these. Please contact us for these files.

Game 1 Characters

The Island Kings (.jpg)

The Jungle King
The Space King
Monkey King
Sorry, no .ai's available for these. Please only use for online publications.

Game 2 Characters

The Hungry Word Beast
The Trickies
The Shopkeeper
Sorry, no .ai's available for these. Please only use for online publications.

Game 3 Characters

Ms Jangle & Ms Jumble
The Dragon
Jessica, The Sage
The Goblin Prince


Teach Your Monster to Read Logos

Please use this version of the logo for any print materials.

Teach Your Monster to Read Main Logo (EPS)

Please use this version of the logo online.

TYMTR Logo on transparent (PNG)
TYMTR Logo White (JPEG)

Please use this badge on any websites or blog pages:
Small badge for use online


First Steps logos are provided here:

First Steps Logo on white background (PNG)

First Steps Logo on transparent (PNG)


Fun with Words logos are provided here:

Fun With Words Logo (EPS)
Fun With Words Logo on transparent (PNG)
Fun With Words Logo on white background (JPEG)


Champion Reader logos are provided here:

Champion Reader Vector Logo (EPS)
Champion Reader Logo on transparent (PNG)
Champion Reader Logo on white background (JPEG)


The Usborne Foundation Logo

Usborne Foundation Vector Logo (EPS)

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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