Having a struggling reader who is desperate to read is a challenge. They work so hard but don’t find the success they should.
I’m always looking for ways to encourage Logi-Bear to practice reading. He falls into the struggling reader category. While we don’t have a specific diagnosis, reading does not come easily to him. Yet, he is determined to learn how to read and places a lot of his energy on learning to read.
So my goal is to search for materials that he can use that will hold his attention and help him learn to read.
(We received this product for this review. All of the opinions in this post and mine (and my kids) 🙂 )
Nessy Reading and Spelling is a new find and we are loving it. The premise of the game is fairly simple but it’s quick and flashy. It moves at a pace that prevents boredom and the illustrations are just fun.
- Provides a lot of practice
- Works with every program
- Humorous and entertaining
- Nessy Bolsters Confidence in Reading and Spelling
- Discount Code!
My favorite part about Nessy is that it really provides a lot of reading practice. It can be difficult to create a fun game that actually provides practice for topics like reading, but Nessy hits the mark.
There are multiple games for each concept and each game targets the concept differently. They practice isolating the sounds, reading the words, and spelling the words.
But each part of the game is focused on practicing the skills.
Nessy Works with Any Curricula
If you’re like me, you don’t like giving up on a curriculum. So I was really pleased that we could use Nessy to practice what we are already learning. Nessy is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach which is a common method.
Nessy uses phonetics, sight words, fluency, and other common techniques. And with the simple layout of Nessy it’s easy to see what lessons are coming up. Matching Nessy with any reading program is fairly simple.
However, Nessy also provides instruction through videos. An additional curriculum is not necessary.
Nessy is Funny
Some kids respond well to silly (all of mine fall into this category) and Nessy prov ides the silly. My favorite is the Banana Car game. When you spell the word correctly, the gorilla runs away in a hilarious fashion. I laughed with my kids each time.
Each game provides a bit of silly and it’s entertaining to play. Which is perfect. Despite that Logi-Bear really wants to read, he has the attention span of a 6 year old (he’s 6!). The sillyness keeps him engaged and interested longer.
In fact, the game looked like so much fun that I had two more kids begging to play. Royal (8) and Baloo (10) are not struggling readers but they still benefited from the practice (especially on the spelling side).
Struggling readers can often have trouble with confidence which then effects their ability to learn to read. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy or a catch-22.
But Nessy starts them at a place where they can succeed from the beginning. After the assessment, Logi-Bear was able to start off at a place where he could fairly easily answer the questions.
In fact, my kids were soon bragging about how well they could read, even Logi-Bear.
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