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Hey Ziggy Fans!

Ziggy Giveaway!

Let the games begin!

Adventures in Reading with the Zigzag Zebra is here!

We’ve heard More Ziggy, please! on a daily basis, so I’m excited to share this beautiful book with you!  This is a supplement to Level 1 of the All About Reading series, and it’s a fun way to provide additional practice for your beginning reader.


 
 
 
 
 

Here is the “Blast Off with Ziggy” game from the book. You simply remove the perforated game pages and paste them into your own file folder.

To play, choose your game piece.

If you need an extra player, Ziggy is always a willing participant. The Zigzag Zebra is already a familiar face to users of our pre-reading program, but if you’re just meeting Ziggy for the first time, you’ll soon discover that he is a young zebra who is learning to read right along with your student. He is a supportive friend for beginning readers, and he likes to have a good time as he learns. And if you don’t own our plush Ziggy puppet, don’t despair! We’ve included a paper Ziggy in the book, and you can paste his likeness onto a file folder and prop him up to play along.

When you are done playing, store the instructions and game pieces in the front pocket that is included in the book.

It’s pretty cool: Ziggy travels to each continent and practices his reading skills. Here he is teaching sheep in New Zealand how to read.

And here Ziggy goes to the beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

Other destinations include Paris, a Caribbean island, Mongolia, and the South Pole. The book includes a map so your child can keep track of the places visited.

You can store your reading games in a file drawer, between two bookends on a book shelf, or in a plastic storage bin. Your kids will want to take them out again and again!

Have you ever used games and reading activities to motivate or teach your beginning reader? Please share in the comments below! We can all learn from each other!

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Lesley C.

says:

We got the zebra puppet now… and I put together the first few games of the book. I plan on using this for all of our children and we are starting on the first of at least four. Just to make sure that everything will last through continuous use, I laminated all of the part and pieces before attaching them to the folder. My kids caught me putting the games together and already saw the puppet… They can’t wait to get started!!!! Thanks!!!

Tara

says:

Fun! we love file folder games!

Jennifer

says:

This looks so fun! I’m wondering if my almost 4 year old and 5 year old would be interested in doing this. The 5 year old is off to a great start in reading but I think the 4 year old is going to be a little slower gaining interest in reading!

Stephanie Swalwell

says:

My son (6) enjoys Ziggy much more than I expected. Thank you.

Dianna Thomas

says:

I can not tell you how much I have enjoyed your site– I have a very hard time moving on– This is just what my Jess needs– Thank you

Sheramy

says:

My 5yo learned to read by us playing games. We use games all the time to reinforce language skills (in the car, at home, at the store). I have found that turning anything into a game is the best way to motivate my boys!

Rachel L.

says:

I was looking at this on the website. Looks very cute. We may need to get this one!

Rebecca Schafer

says:

This looks like it would be fun!

Karen C.

says:

Can’t wait to start using All About Spelling!!

Sage H.

says:

This book and game sounds like an amazing way to help children learn to read. I am looking forward to using ALL of your programs, and adding this book as a fun way to encourage reading!

Heather Cook

says:

My twins are so looking forward to starting AAR this fall :)

Robyn

says:

Games are so much fun for learning to read – my four year old begs to play them! Your products have a great visual appeal!

Nathalie Balduck

says:

I use BINGO games, LOTTO games and connect 4 games. This last game is a grid with at least 5 rows and 5 columns of words. The child picks a word, reads it (!) and then crosses it out. Then it’s the other player’s turn to do the same. The first child to have 4 words in a row, wins. The children LOVE it. And I do to, because the revise all their words.

Nicole

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I find that games is the best way to teach! Luckily I have 2 boys very close in age and do the majority of their school together, so finding ways to incorporate games into AAS is rather easy. We started using AAS before Ziggy came out, I’m thinking it would be fun to get him for my younger girls!

Catherine Nifong

says:

My 4 1/2 year old LOVES these games with Ziggy! She is honestly learning so much and enjoying it- its just such a pleasure to watch her learn. Even her 2 year old brother gets excited when we pull Ziggy out!

Dana Irwin

says:

I haven’t seen these reading games before. How cool!

Meg

says:

Love our Ziggy, and AAR!

melissa

says:

i think we’ll add Ziggy over the summer! Looks like a fun way to keep my youngest interested:)

amanda l.

says:

This looks like so much fun!

Heather

says:

We love Ziggy! He keeps reading fun!

Alison

says:

We just started AAR1 this a.m. and fed Ziggy apples in the “Apples with Ziggy” game. My DD loved it! She can’t wait to play again. We don’t have the plush Ziggy, just the (what I considered somewhat lame-o) file folder Ziggy. Well, my daughter DID NOT CARE that it was a file-folder Ziggy…she still did his “voice” (yum! vowel apples!) and thought he was fantastic!

Selah

says:

I love the idea of the file folder games! I will definitely look into those further! Thanks!

Heather

says:

This looks great!

R. Welsh

says:

We are loving All About Spelling with my bigger kids, and I look forward to using All about Reading with my younger kids. :)

Dianna Thomas

says:

This really looks like a fun book for my Dom– he’s a beginner reader and looks he would enjoy this –thanks.

Kristi

says:

Wow! These games look fun. Wish they were availabe for download without the book, although then I realized we’d be missing the fun Ziggy stories. :)

I had initially planned to homeschool my boys and AAS was on the top of our wish list, but at the last minute, my son decided he’d rather go to school. He is not even halfway through his kindergarten year and feeling like he needs more of an academic challenge. AAS has now made it’s way back to the top of our wishlist and I hope to be able to purchase it before the winter holidays. !

Danae

says:

I just placed a large order for AAS1, AAS2, and AAR1. And the only reason I didn’t purchase AAR2 is that it isn’t out yet! So excited to hear it will be out in Spetember! If I win the $100 giveaway, I would definitely be adding these games to the line-up for the 5 year old next year. They look like so much fun! We live overseas and need to purchase a lot at once to avoid crazy shipping charges, so this giveaway would be an amazing blessing for our family. THanks so much for the awesome products!

Mary

says:

This looks so cute. I wish this had been available a few years ago when my daughter was learning to read.

Tiffany

says:

I can’t wait to get Ziggy for my 4yr old son! He will love seeing all the different places Ziggy gets to visit!

Kyle Thomas

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I’m doing the Pre-1 level with my 4 year old daughter and the Level 1 with my son. This looks like a fantastic addition to our programs!!!

Tracy

says:

Looking forward to using this with my 4 yo!

Tanya

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Can’t wait to start this with my son!

Ginger

says:

I love the ideas of making books come to life. Using actual clipart for the games is great to show children the connectin.

Brenna

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My children LOVE Ziggy, he has a slightly wonky Australian accent but they don’t mind! Thanks so much for this super fun addition to our day!

Kelline

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I have used many file folder games with my children and it really helped them learn many things. The best part was how much they both enjoyed playing them.

Elaina Judge

says:

We recently began using All About Spelling, and I am really pleased, as my son’s confidence is being restored, and that is a big step!

silver

says:

I love the idea of games to review concepts. Is there a list anywhere of what concepts are reviewed in this game book?

Stefani M.

says:

Wow. These games look great! They’d really help keep my 4-year-old’s interest.

Sara

says:

Wow! This looks great! I’ve been checking out AAR and AAS as curriculum for next year….don’t really know where to start! It all looks so neat and I want it all…. Do most people use both or one and then the other?

Maria

says:

Wow! This looks like so much fun! I need to get AAS level 2 for my daughter to start soon – this might encourage me to place my order sooner! I love all your products!

Lesley Churchill

says:

I ordered the AAR level 1 and AAS level 1 (That I am now waiting on a bit) to use with my K-er this coming year. I also ordered all of the pre-1 AAR for my pre-k child. We are so excited to try these out. I am really looking forward to using the Ziggy components for both levels. I am so glad that you added this to the level 1! How fun!!! I ordered this book yesterday, but still need to get the Zebra puppet!!!

Cynthia

says:

I just received All About Spelling and after looking at All About Reading, I’m getting that Curriculum Itch again! This looks so fun! The colors are so bright and cheerful and I know my five-year-old daughter would just love the Ziggy Puppet! She actually just came up to the screen and said, “Wow! That’s all cool stuff!” :)

Rebecca

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This looks like a lot of fun for the girls who were too far along for the Preschool All About Reading Program with Ziggy… I do wish though that you had a bundle deal say for the file folder games and the Ziggy Puppet. I can’t imagine after seeing the pictures using the file folder games without it, but I know the girls would enjoy the puppet. Have you thought of doing a bundle?

Sarah

says:

This looks so fun! I love the colors, and how clever that you made pockets to store the game pieces and directions, and little labels for the folders to make it easy to find the game you want! I actually just bought a bunch of lovely colored file folders that would be perfect for this. We’d really love to win!

Christina V.

says:

I have tried using technology to help my early reader, but I’ve found he would rather guess than learn. I need to check into this option! :)

Chris

says:

we use toys to make the characters come alive :)

Beth

says:

We completed AAR pre-1 and will be starting 1 as soon as the mailman shows up with it, yes we are stalking him hehe! This new game book sounds fun!

Tracy from PA

says:

Love the File Folder games. We use these a lot and have found that we have quite a collection of them that I’ve made through out the years.
My favorite site for free file folder games is : http://www.filefolderfun.com

Tammy

says:

Wow, this looks fantastic!

Karin

says:

This companion book looks great! Since I first saw AAR pre-K, I fell in love with the whole Ziggy idea. Since my daughter is actually already reading, she doesn’t really need this curriculum, but purchasing this companion book and the puppet would be a fun way to be able to enjoy Ziggy and all that we might learn from him as a fun add on to our current curriculum.

Suzi Redman

says:

All of these games look fantastic!! Hoping to use these with my Pre-Kers very soon!! I entered the contest to hopefully win!!

Heather

says:

Wow-These look great! I don’t remember this being available when I bought my set-is this new???

Yes, it’s brand new! Just released yesterday. :)

SheliaD

says:

I had never heard of file folder games before. I love this idea!

Carrie

says:

I am so excited about Ziggy with AAR 1. I am just starting Pre-1 with my 6 year old to boost his enjoyment of reading and confidence and will also be using it with my 4 year old. My 6 yo got so excited when he found Ziggy last week! Yeah! Thanks, Marie!

You’re welcome, Carrie! Glad to hear about the excitement at your house!

Patti

says:

Oooh,we are using the pre-level one with my four year old and enjoying it! This file folder collection would be a great addition, with room to grow!

Cathy

says:

This looks awesome, will have to add as we will be starting AAR Level 1 shortly!

tracy

says:

We love AAS and I’ve been seriously considering adding AAR to the mix. This set of games (and puppet) would very likely bring an extra element of fun to our lessons.

Jennifer Brunsvold

says:

I struggle with being creative in my school and this looks like so much fun ~ I’m sure I would not receive any objections to playing! :)

I totally need this for my son!!!

Natalie Y.

says:

Can’t wait to start this with my soon to be 4 yo! Thanks so much for this great program!

Nicole Douglas

says:

I’m so glad you added Ziggy to level 1! I know when we’re ready to move to level 1 not using Ziggy would have been the saddest part. Even though we can always add him in our own way, it’s nice to have him in the script since you guys come up with really cute ideas. It’s so interesting how just a little puppet can make all the difference. My kids will tell stuffed animals on my hand more things that they will just their mother. It’s a great way to find out how they really feel and what they’re really thinking!

Kendra White

says:

This looks great! We have always enjoyed playing card games for our math practice. These look like great reading games.

Wendy E.

says:

My four year old son LOVES Ziggy so much he sleeps with him every night! He will definitely enjoy these new games!

Dakotapam

says:

We have a large family and a small house. I love how compact File Folder games are, and how much fun the kids have with them!

Robin E.

says:

I remember being given a stack of early learner file folder games with my current teenager was a preschooler. We used them and loved them, but I can’t remember what happened to them. Hmmm. Anyway, these look soooo much more visually appealing and pretty than the ones we used. I know my current 1st grader and preschooler would love these.

Jaime B

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We are in the midst of AAR 1 now. We didn’t do Pre-level 1, but I know my daughter would really love Ziggy and the file folder games. These would be wonderful to have on hand when I hear “I’m bored!” What a great companion to AAR1!!

Megan

says:

Everyday when we do “letter work” with Ziggy my 4 year old can’t wait to find out what the game of the day will be! this would be great to add to our fun!

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