Teach your Monster to Read: First Steps is a new, free game to help children practise the first steps of reading with fun phonics games..

The site combines fun games with essential learning. The game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme. It has been assessed by reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

It’s a fun looking site with some lovely graphical touches, and the games are clear and simple to access. For example in the game below children use the mouse to help the monster herd the sheep into the correct sound – in this case CK.

Teach Your Monster to Read

The games are aimed at young children in the first stages of learning to read; both those who are on track and those who need extra support and motivations. The content is compatible with Phases 2 & 3 of Letters and Sounds and complements other major systematic synthetics phonics programmes.

Teach Your Monster to Read can be played independently by children either in school or at home. Each child can be set up with their own login so the game can track their progress over time. Teachers and parents can get an at-a-glance report on the progress that each child is making.

The website uses Flash, so it can be used on regular computers/laptops and non-Apple tablets. It’s not iPad friendly just yet – but I have heard rumours that an iPad app is in development. Would be great when it is.

Teach Your Monster to Read is free to access, so do take a look at www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/