Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reading Kingdom { REVIEW }



The Schoolhouse Review Crew has helped me once again find something "out of the box" and fun to supply my children with all while learning. Really, it can't get much better than that!

Reading Kingdom was offered as a review and I was jumping for joy once I realized I was able to allow all 3 of my kids a subscription. Normally I try to pass on the online items because I can't provide all 3 with something and my internet is a data usage which I despise but haven't had an issue with since using this program with each child.

Reading Kingdom is an online reading program for children. They believe that reading is the most important step that your child needs to get and do well in school and life. 

Reading Kingdom helps your children with sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar and comprehension!

Reading Kingdom is an easy to use program that assesses the child from an assessment period in the beginning of the program before any reading is needed. After that it will place the child where it sees fit. 

I loved the idea of the program fitting to my child's need.

The program is for ages 4-10 years old and teaches up to a third grade reading and writing level.

My children are 8, 10 and 12. One reason I didn't mind using this program with all 3 of my children is because it could benefit them all. You see I have an early reader just starting, an excelling reader and a struggling reader so the program worked with all those and again one of my favorite parts to the program is that it assess where my kids need the most help and practice.

Since this is an online program you of course will need the following:

A computer, mouse, keyboard (isn't required because they have one that appears on the screen but since I have young typists I changed the setting to use our personal keyboard) and the internet.

I would also like to say since the computer is placed close to our main schooling area I choose to use my work headphones for the children. I decided this for 2 reasons. 1 - I wanted the other 2 children that wasn't using the program at the time and was trying to complete other work to not be distracted by all the sounds coming from the computer. 2 - I wanted the child that was having "reading time" to pay attention to the program and not to what I was teaching the other 2 kids.


Zachary started with the very first level and activity. He needed help with sequencing and some visual skills. He is normally a very wiggly worm but was able to stay attentive to the computer for these lessons. He has since improved and moved on to Reading and Writing Level 1.

The one negative is that with him being a new reader I really wish there would have been some sounds or phonics spoken while he was working. This is a supplemental program and this should be one reason why.
 


Alexis has loved the program since day one! She loves learning and reading so this is just a wonderful fit and change for her daily learning. She done great with the intro assessment and was placed in Reading and Writing 3. She is actually 80% complete at this level so it will not be long until she moves another level.


Kyle didn't really like this program in the beginning. He was under the impression it was babyish because the Intro assessment of course had to start at the beginning of skills to test and figure out where he needed placed. He is my struggling reader and was placed in Reading and Writing 3 as well. He is doing really great with the progress he is making and doesn't think it's so babyish now! 

I like how the program is helping teach typing skills as well as reading. In today's world every child needs to learn to type and operate a computer. Sadly, I haven't helped introduce the kids to it enough but I will be incorporating a typing program into our new school year in September (I've already purchased it).

Each week I get an email from Reading Kingdom about my children's progress and an update. However I see their progress daily when they complete the level because I just like to know how far they got and how they are doing, but its good to know that if your busy you could get this to your inbox!


When you sign up for Reading Kingdom, you receive a free 30 day trial. After that, subscriptions to Reading Kingdom are $19.99/month or $199.99 per year. Additional children in your account get 50% off ($9.99/month or $99.99/year). You can cancel your subscriptions at any time

Personally, I love this program and see that my children enjoy it as well. Having 3 children I am positive that without the review opportunity I wouldn't be able to afford it and that might be what your faced with too but I want to let you know that Reading Kingdom offers a Scholarship Program that you can learn more about here.

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