Saturday, June 23, 2012

Reading Eggs Online Reading Program for Kids

I tend to be skeptical about digital learning experiences for my kids. We own a couple of computer "learning" games and I find my kids mainly learn how to use a computer but not so much reading, writing, or math.

So when I saw the opportunity to review Reading Eggs, an online learn to read program, I hesitated.

Could Reading Eggs really help my kids learn to read?

To help me review the program Reading Eggs offered a free trial subscription for one of my children. If it didn't work, I wasn't out any money so I agreed to do the review.

My older boys (ages 7 & 9) are proficient readers already, thanks to traditional methods. My girlie (5 yrs) will start kindergarten this fall and has been asking me to teach her to read, so she's the one I picked for the review.

As you can see from the infographic, there are several levels where you can begin your child. I started Ellie at 'Ready for School' beginner. She already knew the sounds each letter makes but I wanted to reinforce that knowledge before she learned to combine sounds.

Ellie is learning to read with Reading Eggs.

Ellie has been playing Reading Eggs online for about a month. She has progressed to level 40 which requires reading basic sound families (such as AT- cat, bat, sat, etc.) and recognizing a few sight words. For the most part she is really reading the words, not just guessing at the correct answer.

I like that the program focuses on phonics but also uses some sight words. I believe learning to read requires both. I also like that she can't just guess the pattern or answer in order to progress. The program is repetitive enough that she really does have to figure out the correct answer.

Ellie's having fun and learning to read with Reading Eggs. That's win-win for me.

Is Reading Eggs worth the cost?

I'm not sure if Reading eggs is worth the fee for your family, only YOU can make that decision. There are 3 different fee levels: $9.95 per month; $49.95 for 6 months; $75.00 for a 12 month subscription - for ONE CHILD.

You can add additional children to your account for 50% off. But when you have 4 kids, that's a lot of money!

I recommend purchasing a Reading Eggs subscription if:

  • you have a struggling reader who needs some extra help.
  • you want to keep your child's reading skills sharp during the summer school break.
  • your child loves computer games and you'd like him to learn something during the hours he spends clicking the mouse.

As a home school mom who has taught 2 children to read, I highly recommend the Reading Eggs online learn to read program. Sign up for the FREE 14 DAY TRIAL and see if it's a good resource for your family.

Have you used Reading Eggs? If so, what was your experience?

Disclosure: I received a free subscription for one child to aid me in reviewing the program. The opinions stated are my own and not influenced by anyone.

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LOVE MELISSA:) said...

What a great program. Hayley is getting to the age where she is starting to read. I think we are going to look into this. Thanks so much! Wonderful review!

Mama Luvs Books said...

Thanks for sharing! This looks great!! I need something to keep my kids' skills up over the summer!

GraGra said...

You may also be interested to look at . ZooWhiz is a new FREE online learning system for kids aged 5 – 15. It covers maths, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar. It’s free to use at home and school. Kids parents and teachers are really enthusiastic about it and our user base is growing rapidly.

Jennifer (Savor) said...

We will definitely try the trial.

Garden Tenders said...

I have heard good reports from them and I am off to try the trial now. Thanks.

I will also look at that someone else posted about.

Here from the "Hop."

Sennie said...

My 6-year old tried the free trial, and liked it. It does seem pretty expensive, not sure if I'd pay.. I'll have to check out the zoowhiz one.

There is an iPhone app for reading eggs I downloaded. I'm pretty sure it was free, but could be wrong. If it cost some, it couldn't have been much as I'm pretty cheap:)

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