Sunday, February 26, 2012

Reading Eggs - A Review

Reading Eggs

$9.95 / month (other options)
Free trial

Great for ages 3 - 13.

How it works, according to

The Reading Eggs Learning Process

  • This powerful educational program is based on the most up-to-date research on how children learn to read.
  • The lessons use animation, activities and reward games to keep children motivated.
  • The program is completely interactive to keep children on task.
  • Children want to come back because they are having fun as they learn.
  • When children start the program, they can complete a placement quiz to ensure they are starting at the correct reading level.
This combination of high-quality learning activities, motivation and rewards makes Reading Eggs an unbeatable learning package.

1 Learn skills

Children complete animated online lessons where they learn essential reading skills. The variety of fun activities within each lesson provides the repetition needed for these skills to become part of the child’s long term memory.

2 Read books

Children gain confidence by reading books online that only contain words they have already learnt in the program. For further reinforcement, they can also read the real books at home if they have the Reading Eggs book packs.

3 Earn rewards

Children earn golden eggs as rewards for work completed. They can use these eggs to buy reward games.

4 Quiz

After 10 lessons, children complete a Mastery Quiz. This provides you with a report of what your child is learning. Children can repeat the online lessons as many times as they like. Young children enjoy repetition and it has great benefits too, as it helps them to learn.
It truly is a wonderful experience to watch a child learn a new skill. And when that skill is as important as learning to read, you’ll love being part of that experience. We wish you much enjoyment in the journey you’re about to begin with your child.

Our Thoughts:
We are using this program with our 3 year old daughter.  She thinks it is fun to do her own "school work".  And she enjoys having her own custom-made avatar.  Here it is.  What do you think?  Cute, huh?   :)

When you login, you will see the map of lessons and pick the next one along the path.  Each lesson focuses on a letter sound (more so the sound than the actual name of the letter) or a simple word such as "am" or "I".

The lessons are short enough to hold my 3 year old's attention.  They are cute and colorful and animated.  Lessons include things such as connecting dot-to-dots to form a letter, clicking the craters with the correct letter to bring an astronaut to his fellow crewmates, picking up "flashcards" and matching them to the correct image, and popping bath bubbles with the correct response.

After each section of a lesson, the little reading egg will jump up and down and shout, "Yippee".  Then golden eggs will fly into your child's account.  It is something that my daughter looks forward to.  The eggs can then be used to buy items in the game's virtual store, items such as different clothes for the Reading Egg avatar in the picture above.

After just a few lessons, the site is teaching short sentences, such as "I am Sam".  I like reading methods that teach a few sounds at a time, linking those up to allow a child to quickly begin reading short sentences.

The site also has some play sections such as a playroom and an arcade.  My daughter has fun playing in these areas also.  The playroom includes simple preschool oriented activities that enforce learning in a fun manner.  The arcade has more of a "game" feel to it.  It costs golden eggs to play these.

I am enjoying the program and my daughter is too.  She asks to use it and gets excited when I tell her it is time to do her lessons.  I have been happy with the results for a child so young using it for such a short time.

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 Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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