* This is a sponsored post for Reading Eggs. All opinions are my own.
Do you have a young child that's ready to start reading or even an older kid that's ready to continue their learning journey?
Reading Eggs Review
My daughter is 4 ½ and is unquestionably ready to start reading.Although, I am a teacher, the main reason I chose to teach third grade or higher is so that I didn’t have to teach reading!I was only required to take one class on how to teach reading when I was in college, and not being much of a reader myself, I just didn’t feel confident in those skills.All that I have been able to offer my daughter so far is sounds of letters – sounding out the word – and of course, there are so many exceptions to the rules in our English language, that much of it just becomes memorization.
My daughter quickly grows impatient with me, so when Reading Eggs was introduced to me through a sponsorship, even though I didn’t have very high expectations, I was happy to give the free trial a shot.
Well, we (yes, we!) have been playing on Reading Eggs for over a week now and this program has completely met and gone well beyond on my expectations.
Not only had I been struggling for a way to teach reading, but also to find a computer program that my kids like , but one that I feel comfortable with them using - one that teaches them something worthwhile, is fun, challenging, can hold their attention, and one that is ad free.Reading Eggs is exactly that program!
When you begin, you have an option of having your child take a reading test to find the right level to start with or you can just start from the beginning.After the test, you may embark on the lessons.The lessons are games and stories that teach a new sound and a few new words at a time.Some are timed, some not.Sometimes you repeat the activity, sometimes you don’t.My daughter didn’t like the repeating to start with, because, as she was learning what to do, she went really slow and was anxious to move on to something new.However, once she figured it out and knew that that part of the game meant that she had to do it faster, she was up for the challenges and now whizzes through.She also learned that it will take her a lot longer to get through the lesson if she tries to rush and only picks miscellaneous answers, therefore getting them wrong.Again, now that she has things figured out, she enjoys doing each activity and seeing what the next one will be.Lessons are unlocked as you go along, with the option to go back and repeat any time.
The colors and graphics are done well, the characters are cute, the directions are clearly explained, it’s a very user-friendly program, and everything flows nicely.I feel comfortable with my daughter using Reading Eggs on her own, but since I want to get the most out of the reading part, I stay near her side and follow along with her.Besides the reading lessons, there is a playroom of miscellaneous games, which we use as her reward.We both especially love this part.She likes it because it means playtime, but I like it because it’s what I was looking for when trying to find age appropriate online games.There are tons of charming games to choose from and because you subscribe to the program, they are ad free.We usually do the lessons for about 20 minutes and then end with her playing the games by herself for 10 or 15 minutes, before I tell her that her computer time is up for the day.
I am positively recommending Reading Eggs for any kid that is ready to start reading or continue building their skills.At age three, you can start your child in the “playroom” and go from there.According to their website, it looks like they have activities suitable to up to the age of 13.
Reading Eggs has a free two week trial that I definitely think is worth a try.Check it out now.