Say so long to reading time resistance

Imagine your struggling reader looking forward to practicing phonics with you. Instead of complaining, tantrums, or delaying tactics, they ask when they can play next!

If you want that, keep on scrolling….

Whether you’re a parent or teacher, you desperately want to know how to get your struggling reader engaged in a good book. If you opened up to your favorite reading specialist in the DMs, would you tell me….

  • you’d rather clean toilets that do the reading homework with your child?
  • your school’s phonics curriculum is so dry (or non-existent)?
  • your struggling reader is behind but you are so tired of the battles?
  • you’re finding it hard to engage students in the review they need?

It’s not your fault that your struggling reader resists reading time…

  • The pandemic schooling caused a lot of stress for families and teachers.
  • Struggling readers are tired of constantly failing.
  • Reading science has evolved over the years, but a lot of kids still aren’t getting the help the need.
  • No one wants to do something that is too hard and unpleasant for them!

Which is why you need a trick in your back pocket that will make your struggling reader look forward to practice time!


Over 500 pages of phonics games so your child and students will

  • read and reread words with specific skills.
  • learn sounds like /a/ and /m/ to complex patterns like -sion.
  • actually look forward to reading practice.
  • stay engaged in decoding activities.
  • ask to play again thanks to the the variety of games.

Let’s peek at the five types of games

Game #1: Boxes and dots game ($29 value)

The Boxes and Dots game is a fan favorite.

With both color and black and white versions, choose the best option for your family or your class.

You just place in a dry-erase sleeve to reuse the color copies, or partners can just use regular markers on the black and white version of the phonics games.

Your child or student reads a word and draws a line to connect two dots next to that word. Then you or their partner takes a turn. Whoever draws the final line, wins that box and colors it in their color.

game #2: phonics four in a row ($29 value)

Phonics 4 in a Row is a spin on Connect Four.

However, players can read words in any direction. So this game gets really competitive.

Your child or students will have to think about how to block you as they play. This is so engaging for children with strong thinking skills who just happen to struggle with reading.

To play you can use plastic counters (you’ll need 20 per player). As an alternative, place them in a dry-erase sleeve and just use two different colored markers.

This is a game your child or student will beg it play again and again. (Cough cough without realizing they’re reading a ton of words!)

Game #3: phonics tic-tac-toe ($18 value)

Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe has the same 9 words repeated in the four tic-tac-toe boards. It also has pictures to develop your struggling reader’s vocabulary.

Brain research has shown that connecting letters to sounds to meaning is the fastest way to orthographically map (or store words) permanently.

But your child or class won’t know all of that is going on behind the scenes!

They will love playing the classic game. At home, you can use a dry-erase sleeve to reuse the printable. At schools, hit the copy machine and make enough copies for pairs to use with just a pencil for X and O.

Game #4: phonics roll & read ($29 value)

Phonics Roll and Read is the EASIEST way to get your child to read 24 words within a new phonics pattern.

I’ve seen other Roll & Reads online where a child rolls a dice and just reads the words in that row. Sure you can do that. But that’s an activity and not a game!

Grab six mini-erasers, lego blocks of the same color, or plastic counters to use as playing pieces. Place them to the left of the gameboard. Player 1 rolls and moves their playing piece to the first word in that row. They decode the word. Player 2 takes a turn. When player 1 rolls a number in the same row, they just advance to the next word.

Whoever gets all their pieces to the stars first, wins!

Game #5: phonics board games ($29 value)

Game 5: Phonics Board Games are just like any traditional board game. Just roll, move, and read the word.

Here’s a variation that includes more reading. A player has to read all the words they pass over too!

You can also cover the word with a playing piece after they read. Then the players have to spell the word on paper or a dry-erase board. Connecting reading to spelling is a guaranteed way to improve decoding skills.

bonus: templates for four games ($20 value)

With these Editable Phonics Games templates you can create your own games for your child or your student.

While all the game above are not editable for copyright reasons, you might want the flexibility to create your own.

So there is a template for the Boxes and Dots Game, Tic-Tac-Toe, Four in a Row, and Roll & Read. They are already available for download.

You can put your child or student’s weekly spelling words in the games, or other words you think they need to practice!



  • Parents of struggling readers ages 5-12
  • Reading intervention teachers who need activities at their fingertips
  • Classroom teachers who need tools to differentiate
  • Tutors who want to see faster growth in their clients


Don’t take my word for it..

Children say….

Moms say…

Homeschool mom and tutor says…

Reading intervention teachers say…

I’m Anne and I know a little something about teaching kids to read and spell

Hi, I’m Anne! I am a Kinder through 2nd grade reading specialist, Orton-Gillingham trained dyslexia tutor,  and mom to three kids.

I remember those early days of teaching. Feeling so clueless about teaching my ELLs in downtown Los Angeles. My grad program was heavy on the Balanced Literacy and light on the “actually teaching kids to read the words.”

When I moved to Seattle, I had an amazing principal who got me trained in Orton-Gilllingham. It blew my mind how easily I could teach students to spell and read once I had a better understanding of the speech sounds.

Fast forward 10 years, and my husband and I discovered our daughter is dyslexic. I assumed her teachers knew how to help her too.

Nope, structured literacy hadn’t made its way into her school. I found most teachers still need support with teaching reading.

Cognitive science proved this about 40 years ago how to help most kids read. So I got to work to help parents and educators like you.

smart parents and teachers ask these questions

1) How is this really going to help my kid? It’s just playing games.

This is the genius. Your child will practice reading dozens of words each game without even realizing it!

You can give them a list of ten words to read. Or you can give them a game where they’ll read 15+ words.

The games are an easier sell.

2) I’m not a teacher and my child fights with me when we try to work on reading.

Welcome to the club! If a child has struggled with reading, there is a 95% chance they will act out for their parents.

That is why I made the games. You need to interrupt the string of negative interactions your child and you are having.

But you also need to stand your ground. You give a clear direction and set an expectation your child can meet.

It sounds like this, “After breakfast, we will play one phonics game. After that, do you want to play outside or do Legos?”

But brace yourself to be surprised. It’s much more likely your child is going to beg for a rematch than whine and complain.

3) How much time is this going to take me?

Each game only takes about 5-10 minutes to play. But budget for more time because your child is going to want to play again.

But here’s another tough pill – the longer you wait, the more time it’s going to take to get your child caught up.

4) Why don’t we just read books?

Buckle up, we’re getting high level here. Of course, your child or students need to practice reading books.

But your child also needs to decode words fluently. This means they need to be able to sound out words automatically. One of the best ways to practice this is to read words with a single pattern so your child or students absorb that phonics skill.

Again, you can grab a spiral notebook and write ten words on a page with the phonics pattern ee and ea for long e. But which is going to be easier to get your child to do?

5) Do I need I to print this?

Yes, this is a digital product. There are over 500 pages of games, but you don’t need to print it all at once.

Instead, you look at the table of contents for the skills your child needs and print those. Then put them in a folder or binder to save for review.

Review is key for struggling readers.

Also, you need to check out HP Instant Ink. You can print 100 full color or black and white pages for about $5 a month.

6) What else do we need to play?

To use all the games, you will need a dry-erase sleeve and marker (so you can reuse them). You also need two sets of 6 identical objects. I use colored plastic chips called counters or mini-erasers. You need one number cube or dice.

7) Is this included in Sounds School?

No, Sounds School already includes two sets of games: Phonics Read and Spell and B/D Reversals Game.

These games follow the sequence I use in Sounds School and support that.

I will not add it to Sounds School because I’d have to raise the price and I want to keep it affordable for families who cannot budget $400-800/mo for private tutoring.

8) Are there any bonuses?

Yes, there is are editable templates for the Box Game, Tic-Tac-Toe, Four in a Row, and Roll & Read. It is a PowerPoint template but you can also open it in Google Slides.

You simply type in your child’s spelling words or high-frequency words like “could, should, would” that your child needs more practice with. Hit SAVE AS and name the file something different. Then print and you have a customized game!

I cannot make all the games editable due to the copyright restrictions of the clip artists. Plus it’s my intellectual property and the risk of theft is just too great.

9) Why is it so discounted?

These games are incredibly discounted. I wanted to get these games out there to help as many parents and teachers as I could!

The total value of all the games and the editable templates if purchased separately is $154. So it’s 75% off.

It’s also discounted because you print at home or school. If I were to print and ship, it would be hundreds of dollars!

10) What is your refund policy?

There are no refunds on digital products because you can’t actually return it!

But you can email me if you get stuck, and I’ll help you out.

For way less than one tutoring session, you’ll have an endless supply of phonics games


So, grab this now because just like quiet kids, this offer ends soon.

  • Boxes and Dot Games ($29 value)
  • Four in a Row ($29 value)
  • Tic Tac Toe ($18 value)
  • Roll & Read ($29 value)
  • Board Games ($29 value)
  • BONUS: four editable templates ($20 value)

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