Clever games for early readers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Between the Lions is a really fun site for early readers because all the instructions are spoken out loud. You can control the difficulty of the games so that no one will run away in frustration. At the beginning of each game, there's a synopsis for parents, with suggestions on how to use the game to reinforce reading skills.

What's it about?

Early readers, right this way! Watch an animated story and then play some terrific games, all of which will help you learn to read. There are things to print and color, and loads of tips for parents and caregivers of new readers. Animated songs help you remember rules like \"When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.\" The tunes and lyrics may stick in your head, but after all, that's the point! The games are all about the alphabet, phonics, and reading.

Is it any good?


What's cool about the games on this site is that as you go, you can control how difficult the next challenge will be. Too hard? Make the next one easy! Some games are more involved than others, such as "Look Out Below." In this one, game show host Arty Smartypants asks you to pick smaller words out of a longer word. It's a little tricky for very early readers, but older kids will have no trouble.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the new words an early reader is learning. What does it mean? How do you spell it? Are there other words that sound like it? Families can also discuss the themes in each of the stories.

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Award:Common Sense Media Award
Pricing structure:Free

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Families can talk about the new words an early reader is learning. What does it mean? How do you spell it? Are there other words that sound like it? Families can also discuss the themes in each of the stories.
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