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Pop for Sight Words Game Review by Charlotte Gochnauer

Learning Resources
380 N. Fairway Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Learning sight words for early readers can become monotonous, but with this product from Learning Resources, the learning can become a fun game. Each popcorn box has 92 different sight words on die-cut popcorn cards and 8 POP cards. The words in the game range from at and is to could and today. The game rules are simple and are printed on the box. Players take turns taking one popcorn card out of the box and reading it. If the word is read correctly, the player can keep the card. If it is not read correctly, that card is placed back in the box. If a player draws a POP card, then all of their cards are returned to the box and the POP card is removed from play. The player who has the most popcorn cards when the box is empty wins. The game is for 2-4 players and is recommended for grade 1+.

My two younger children enjoyed playing this game with each other, even though the older child is a better reader. And my younger child did learn new words; since the harder words go back into the box and are used later in the game. I even gave it to her to play with by herself while the older children were doing school and she played through the game without the POP cards. You could even go through and remove the more difficult words for your very early readers so it is not as intimidating; the game does lend itself to easy modification for different reading levels. It can get repetitive at times, but I feel that this did help my early reader learn sight words in a fun, new way.

Product review by Charlotte Gochnauer, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2010