Teach Your Monster to Read

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Fun, lengthy journey goes from basics to reading competency.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
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Educational Value

Teach Your Monster to Read's goal is to teach your kid to read -- and it's got a pretty good chance of doing just that. Kids can start from the very beginning and learn to match letters to the sounds they make. Higher levels introduce more concepts such as phonemes, letter combinations, sound-them-out words, sight words, and finally full sentences. There's a lot here to guide kids through the sometimes-complex process of learning to read.

Ease of Play

Navigation is sometimes a bit awkward and requires good fine motor skills, but overall, games are easy and accessible.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teach Your Monster to Read is a comprehensive journey through the basics of reading. Kids start out learning to simply map letters to the sounds they make and progress through letter combinations (or phonemes), sight words, and reading full sentences. Getting through the whole game is a long process (the developers estimate it would take 43 weeks based on 20 minutes of play per week), but kids can start at three points along the way based on their current reading levels. The whole program is also available on the internet for free. If parents purchase the app and create a free account online, kids can play under their unique usernames online or with the app interchangeably. Because it was developed by a British organization, all narration has a British accent. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byAlexandra D. January 18, 2017

Cute graphics but repetitive

My 5 year old was really annoyed that he had to do the same mini-games 3 times to get to the next level. While I understand that children need multiple chance... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Start by designing a monster. Then, when your monster gets into trouble on a journey through space, step in and TEACH YOUR MONSTER TO READ. Lots of mini-games and challenges introduce basic reading concepts from letter sounds to phonemes to words to sentences. Kids can start at one of three points along the adventure: Level One for beginners, Level Two for kids already confident in basic letter sounds, and Level Three for kids ready to start reading short sentences. Once on a level, kids must progress through the whole program. Along the way they can collect items such as stars to buy accessories for their monsters and "trickies," which represent sight words.

Is it any good?

Early reading content gets slow, methodical, and thorough coverage in a complex intergalactic adventure. There's a lot of backstory in Teach Your Monster to Read, which may excite some kids but may be distracting for others. It also slows down the process of getting through the games, which also has its pros and cons. The presentation of content follows a reasonable sense of logic: The very early material focuses on single letter sounds and then graduates to blended letter sounds and simple consonant-vowel-consonant words. Finally, kids learn common sight words and sentences. It's a nice option to choose from three starting points, but it also might be nice to be able to choose a particular area to focus on if kids don't want to play through all the content. Since there are so many games, kids will often see repeats, but with lots of things happening in between each mini-game, they may not be bothered by it. It's important to note that the exact same content is available for free on the developer's website to play on the computer. Though it is easier to maneuver with the tablet's touchscreen, parents may want to give the free online version a try first. Overall, Teach Your Monster to Read has potential to be a wonderful way to accompany your kids to reading competency.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sounds and words in Teach Your Monster to Read. Point out the concepts they're learning -- such sa letter sounds, sight words, or simple sentences -- through songs, alphabet games, books, and your everyday surroundings.

  • Read to your kids as often as you can. And as they get more confident in their reading skills, encourage them to read to you.

  • How do you get your kids to read? Are there ways to keep them reading once they're started? Check out Common Sense Media's expert article, How to Get Your Kids Reading.

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