Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning phonics and reading game that’s helped millions of children learn to read.
• Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books.
• Designed in collaboration with leading academics and game designers.
• Complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools.
• Suitable for school and home use.
• Now includes all 3 games! First Steps, Fun With Words and Champion Reader!
Children create a monster and take it on a magical journey over three extensive games - meeting a host of colourful characters along the way and improving their reading skills as they progress.
The game is rigorous and works with any phonics scheme so it’s perfect for use in school and at home. It’s developed in collaboration with leading academics at the University of Roehampton.
The app is commonly used in preschool, primary school, kindergarten and first grade as an interactive teaching resource.
PART OF THE USBORNE FOUNDATION
Teach Your Monster to Read has been created by Teach Monster Games Ltd. which is a subsidiary of Usborne Foundation. The Usborne Foundation is a charity founded by children’s publisher, Peter Usborne MBE. Harnessing research, design and technology, we create playful media addressing issues from literacy to health.
• Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes.
• Absolutely no in-app purchases, hidden costs or in-game adverts. Perfect for kids!
• Suitable for ages 3-6.
• Designed in collaboration with reading experts from Roehampton University.
• Available on iPad and iPhone.
REVIEWS FROM TEACHERS AND PARENTS
"This game is the absolute best quality phonics game I have come across for educational and fun value."
Marie Lewis, Rochdale
“My class have reaped loads of benefits from using the programme and the difference in some of their reading skills has been dramatic."
Maria Andrews, Foundation Phase Teacher
"This is a fabulous game. I'm not kidding when I say that my daughter essentially learned all her letter sounds using First steps, with relatively minimal input from me! Great for parents to practise their letter sounds too."
Thanks to your wonderful feedback and reviews, we’ve made some exciting additions to the app. We read and respond to every review, so please keep them coming.
FUN NEW THINGS:
Dress your monster up as a princess, a superhero, a unicorn or a dinosaur!
Win snazzy new certificates for every game your monster completes.
You can now play practice mode with logged in monsters and we’ve also improved the interface to make it easier to jump into the game.
The popular running mini-game has been updated so it’s smoother to play.
There are more exciting prizes in the first game and the stars you collect are now carried across all three games.
Many small bugs have been fixed, including a multi-logout error, a keyboard bug when entering star codes and a proxy-related issue. We’ve also improved our error reporting in case of future ‘monsters in the system’.
Let us know what you think and please leave a review. We love to hear your success stories and want to know what else you’d like us to add to the game.
Ratings and Reviews
Effective and fun!
When my 4 year old daughter began using this game she loved it and didn't want to put it down. When she started she knew all the letters of her alphabet and many sounds. Within the first two months she was reading simple words (CVC). By the fourth month she was reading simple sentences. By 9 months she had completed finished all three levels of the game and could read proficiently at a 2nd grade level (about 550 lexile). I combined this game with Usborne Books & More's Very First Reading Set, which progresses using the same sounds/words as each part of the game.
The only downsides of this game are: as an American some of our pronunciations are different than how they are taught in the game (just a few words, but I enjoy hearing the accents of the narrator and characters), and single sounds/parts of the game cannot be focused on for further practice; the entire level has to be repeated. With my daughter I made up flash cards to practice her sounds and tricky words, but being able to select a letter/letter combination/word to repeat would be a nice feature. Overall, though, I give this game 5 stars for being FUN and very EFFECTIVE. I recommend this to everybody!
Developer Response ,
Hi Emp Zog, thanks for the review. We have also just made a new Practice Mode for you. Go to the home screen of the app and you can play with any letter sound on many of the different mini games - that way you can pick your favourite, or things that your player needs extra practice with. Thanks, Alex
Homeschool Mom Thrilled with App, but...
We have been using this app for a couple of weeks and we love it. My daughter struggles with reading, and her progress with TYMtR has been incredible. She enjoys all the games and is motivated to play. My only complaint is that the “Stat” feature is not working for her profile. On my account I made two student profiles one called “Mom” so I could test the app out to see if it was worth letting my daughter try it, and one in my daughter’s name. I have no problems accessing the Stats for the “Mom” profile, but for about a week, I have not been able to access my daughter’s stats. I would like to be able to use those stats to help her work on problem areas and to determine if she is progressing too fast through the levels. I emailed tech support, but was told that it may be a server issue with the influx of users and to try at different times of day, but no matter the day or time, the Stats are not available for my daughter’s profile but work fine on the other profile. Fixing this issue would make this app a solid 5 star review.
Developer Response ,
Hi there, thanks for the review. We're delighted that your daughter has been learning to read via this game. For the stats (accessible via web account only), we've been made aware of a technical issue some users have been experiencing, and this has now been rectified. Also, did you know we have a Practice mode on the app, where you can work on those specific areas? We hope this turns your experience from a 4 star to a 5 star! :)
My kids are in love!
This app is “almost” the perfect phonetics game!
-My kids want to play it ALL the time.
-It had 3 levels so it adapts to each kids’ ability.
-It is fun, interactive, and very educational.
-My autistic (almost)4yr old is an early reader but late speaker, his pronunciation is getting better after just a few days.
-My 6yr old is now recognizing more blended letters when reading his homework. He was already one of the top readers in his class, he is now blowing me away by home much he is picking up in just a few days of playing.
-The British accent is sometimes hard for my American kids to understand what they are being asked to do.
-The volume is not quite right. The main narrator and the music/sound effects are really loud if you want to actually hear the “word speakers”. Example: I the narrator says “to save the bear find the word”, and then someone else says “turn”. The person saying “turn” is so quiet that we have the tablet volume almost all the way up. Then it’s way too loud when the narrator speaks again.
-There are a few instances, in different games, where I wish you could touch letters and they would make the phonetic sound again for kids who have a hard time remembering their task.
Overall we are absolutely in love with this game and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a good phonetics game!
Developer Response ,
Thanks a lot for this review. We're delighted that you love the game and we appreciate the feedback. We'll take all this on board. In the meantime, please try turning down the music volume in the app settings (cog wheel) as this could make the letter sounds more audible on your device. Thanks, Alex
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.