I recently had the chance to try Reading Eggs, an online program that helps kids learn to read and/or improve their reading skills during a free trial. As I have a Kindergartener this year, it was perfect timing!
We have had a subscription for ABC Mouse, so I have had a chance to really compare the two programs. I have found that both my daughter and myself both prefer Reading Eggs. While both programs have some great learning tools, Reading Eggs also has placement tests, so your child starts where he or she will get the most out of the program. Reading Eggs also has a much broader age range, staring at age 3 and going all the way to age 13. ABC Mouse doesn't even come close.
Even in the parents section, Reading Eggs holds the upper hand. After children have taken their assessments, an approximate reading age is given, and it updates after they complete more lessons successfully. The phonics skills and sight words that children know are also listed, making it easy to follow your child and encourage them outside of the program.
Lessons are simple, yet effective. At my daughter's level, one of the lessons she is given is to choose which picture contains a certain letter sound. It works so much better doing this on the computer, versus doing it in a book, because there have been several times when working in a workbook that neither of us can figure out what they are trying to convey with a given picture. On the computer, it can verbally tell you what the picture is of - no more guessing!
If you are interested in checking out this great program with your child, you can get a FREE trial!