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Play the "Word Memory" Game

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today is a review day. We’ll do a Rhyming Challenge, give you a Silly Story to read with your child, and show you how to play the classic “Memory” game for your kids to practice what they’re learning.


Rhyming Challenge


This is a speaking game. Say each word pair. See if your child can come up with a new word that ends with the same sound (it rhymes).


say/ may

how/ cow

pick/ lick

me/ she

jar/ car

ark/ stark


Made-up words are ok at this point, but gently correct them if they say something that is not a rhyme. Say the word pair again, slowly and clearly, so they can hear the difference.


If your child struggled with any of the words, go back and have them do it again. Repeated practice is good for kids.


Letters and Sounds Quiz


How is your child doing with their letters and blends? Ask them to say the correct sounds as they point to the letters:


ay

ick

th

oy

pl

gr

sh


Silly Story


See if your child can read this:


Hi Sally.


Hi Willy.


Did you go to the show yesterday?


Me?


Yes, you.


Yes, I went to the show. But it was slow, and I did not want to stay. Did you go?


Me? I went as well. It was pretty, and I got to be with my family.


We haven’t covered the word “you” yet, but was your son or daughter able to sound it out based on the sounds they know? If they struggled, have them point to the word as they read it again:


you

you

you


Word Memory Game


To help your child master the words they’re learning, play the “Memory” game. You'll need one (or more) sheets of 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 the words:


thick

thin

then

that

to

you

go

try

To start the game, lay out each of the slips of the paper with the words facing down. The first person chooses two words to flip over (and read the words 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 week,

~Chad

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