Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Reading Game - Fly Away Birdies

Here's a new game I have made for the new year. We have been lucky enough to have little birds -  Pardalotes - visiting our house, and the babies have just flown the nest, so I was inspired to make a game with the theme of baby birds leaving the nest.

This game is designed to use with Sight Words cards. You can use any words that need practising. You will also need some little tokens or 'movers' and a die or spinner.

 Fly Away Birdies_ game board for word cards

Click on the link to open/download the .PDF file. Print the game on A4 light card and laminate before use.

The game will be available for free download (for personal/educational, non-commercial use) until the end of January.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Getting Organised for 2017 - Year Planner

Here is a year planner I have just finished for 2017.

It's easy to print on A4 as a 'diary' planner or to fold into your pocket or handbag. You can also print it in A3 size to use as a wall planner.

The basic planner only has weekends marked:

 2017 year planner - blank

The Australian Planner has national public holidays marked in:

 2017 year planner_Australia

I hope you find this useful!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Printable Reading Games for Holidays

As the Christmas holidays are fast approaching, I thought I'd better post a couple of games for children to use with their Sight Words cards.

These games can both be printed/copied cheaply in black and white* for children to take home over the holidays. Children will need some Sight Words cards, movers and a die or spinner to play the games. *The Santa Words (B&W) game can also be coloured in.


SANTA WORDS  (black & white)

Here is a colour version of Santa Words:

Click on the links to open a .PDF document that you can print. These games are free for you to download and use for private/educational (strictly non- commercial) use. They will be available for download during the rest of December and the beginning of January.

 ☺ Wishing everyone Happy Holidays 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Printable Game for Sight Words Practice - "Drive Time"

I made this game to appeal to my boys, using car stickers. I've scanned it and made it into a printable PDF document, so if you like you can print it onto light card and laminate before use. You'll also need whatever Sight Words cards you want your students to practise, and movers/dice to play the game.

Click on the link above to open the .pdf document. You can download this game for free (for personal/educational, non-commercial use) until the beginning of December.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Boo! game for /oo/ pattern

October has crept up sneakily and I haven't posted a game for a month now... so here's one I've been using with my students to help them learn the '/oo/ as in boot' pattern - and it can double as a 'Halloween theme' game if you like.

Boo game

It's quick to play and cheap to print; you'll just need light card to print on and a die and 'movers' or tokens. Laminate the board before use for best results.

This game will  be available for free download until the start of November, and as usual it's for private/educational, non-commercial use. Click on the 'Boo game' link above to open the .PDF file to print.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Printable Game for Sight Words

Here's a game I made a few years ago to encourage my boys to practise their sight words.

You can print it on light card and laminate before use; you'll also need some Sight Words cards suitable for the players, and a die and some small tokens or counters to use as 'movers'.

Up, Up and Away game board

You are welcome to print this game for your personal educational use; it will be available for free download until the end of September.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Reading Resources

I've been working on sorting all the reading resources I've made over the last 14 years, so that I can finally add some organised, useful content to the Reading Should Be Fun website.

It's such a huge job that I've been putting it off, but I will be retiring from my Reading Intervention teaching job in a couple of months and I've been asked to leave a list of resources and ideas behind, so it's spurred me on to dig out all the games and resources hiding in my computer and hard drives.

It hasn't helped that I broke my laptop and had to resurrect an old one, then I had to get all the files copied from my broken laptop (luckily the lovely computer technician at work helped, as it wasn't an easy process!). So I've spent many days exploring folders within folders within folders, re-naming and organising hundreds of files.

It's a long process, but at least it's started, and I've found some scans of games that I made years ago (hand-drawn game boards, copied onto coloured card with stickers added). These were the first Reading Games I made, before I developed my computer skills. The games were so popular with my students that I kept making more and more.... and the original games are still being used enthusiastically by my current students.

Here's one that I made to help students who are beginning to learn letter sounds:

Alphabet Game

This game is available for free download (for non-commercial use). You can print it in colour onto light card (open the JPG image above, right click and Save As... to your computer, then print as a full-page picture). Print the Instructions on the back and laminate before using. You'll also need little 'movers' (e.g. counters) and a die/dice.

NOTE- My students have a plastic folder or 'envelop' (A4 size) to take home books, worksheets and games. I add small zip-lock bag with a die and 4 or 5 tokens (coloured glass 'wishing stones' sold in bags for putting in vases, but buttons/counters/small shells or even little coloured cardboard squares would do). I also write out sight words cards and send those home when relevant.

The children love to choose and swap games as well as books, and it really encourages them to practise their reading work at home without even realising they're working!