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Play the "Memory" Game With Words

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today is a review day. We’ll blend some words, give your child some “silly sentences” to practice, and then show you how to play the classic "Memory" game with words to reinforce what your child is learning.


Both parent and child will need to be able to see the screen.


Let’s get started.


Word Practice


This week we’ve been working on the “ch” sound. Let’s keep practicing. Have your child point to the letters as they sound out these words:


ch ant

chant


And:


ch art

chart


And:



ri ch

rich


And:



ar ch

arch


And:


p atch

patch


Did they get them right? Let’s try a couple harder ones:


p itch er

pitch er

pitcher


And:


ch arm ing

charming


Silly Sentence Challenge


If you think your child is ready, see if they can read these:

Chester seems faster than a cheetah.


When it rains, stay out of the road.


The chicken will cook quickly.


Fill the basket with crackers.


The word “chimp” is short for chimpanzee.


If they read them smoothly, great! If they stumble, have them keep practicing until they can do it perfectly.


Word Memory Game


Playing the “Memory” game can help your child master the words they’re learning.


To play, you'll need paper, scissors, and a pen or pencil.


You can do this with any number of words, but let’s say you want your child to practice 8 words. You’ll need to fold a piece of paper into 16 squares (see here if you need help) and cut them out.


Write one word per slip of paper, and make sure it has a matching pair. You can pick any words your child has struggled with, or I’ll recommend these:


chip

ship

chat

that

March

May

much

itch

To start the game, lay out the slips of the paper with the words facing down. The first person chooses two words to flip over (and read the word correctly). If the words match, the player gets to keep the pair and try for two more. If the words do not match, they turn them back over and let the next person take their turn.


The game continues until all the words have been correctly matched. The person with the most pairs wins. Play again, or add more words to make it more difficult.


That’s it for today. See you next time.

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