Thursday, March 1, 2012

Reading Eggs - a review

As I have mentioned many times before we are not big on a lot of "screen time" for our kiddos. It is seriously limited. The Wii is limited to about an hour/week and only on the weekend. TV time is probably 2-3 hours/week maybe a little more when Mommy is sick (like I have been this week) Computer time is typically only for educational purposes. The boys both have a few educational computer "games" that they use on a semi-regular basis. But, Molly doesn't really have any yet. We have reviewed a few that she liked for a time, but nothing that she has really begged to do for any length of time.

Enter READING EGGS! I had a friend suggest this online reading adventure game to me when Zach was struggling with learning to read. I looked at it briefly and just thought it was too expensive and it probably wouldn't help anyway. Well, I sure wish I had listened way back then. Along with the reading program that we are using during Molly's "learning time with Mommy" we have implemented Reading Eggs into her day. She LOVES it, and she is learning so much. The other advantage is it gives her something to do on her own while I work with Zach.

So, what is it? Reading Eggs is an online game where children work through maps to build phonics skills. There are also fun games to play and points are earned for completing activities. These points can be used to purchase various items for your "house" as well as your animals.

With interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of rewards, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read. Children are highly motivated to return again and again. At Reading Eggs, learning to read is enjoyable as well as very rewarding. Every lesson ends with a new book and a new critter to add to your growing collection.

It is designed for ages 3-12. Molly is almost 5 and has a little bit of phonics knowledge already so she tested on the second set or "map".

I think a 3 year old might struggle and would need some assistance. They could probably maneuver the playroom area on their own and get used to using the mouse. Around the age of 4 is when I would think it would be more appropriate for learning to read. But, as we all know, every child is different! It starts out with just letter sounds and quickly moves to words. It uses phonics as well as site words to quickly have the student reading short books.

You can head on over to Reading Eggs and try a sample lesson, start a 14-day free trial or just go ahead and sign up. You can purchase different lengths of membership:
1 month-$9.95
6 months-$49.95
12 months-$75.00

There are also book packs, activity books and flashcards you can purchase.

Molly really has loved this program. I love that she can do it all by herself! And it has worked perfectly right along with the reading program we have been enjoying. I think it would well as a supplement to any reading program. I do not think it incorporates enough review to be a reading program by itself.

Another great aspect is that the parent can log in and see what the child has been learning as well as what their "reading age" is.

There is also a second portion of the program Reading Eggspress that is designed for working on comprehension and fluency, once reading is mastered. We have not yet used this portion of the program. If it is anywhere near as well done as Reading Eggs I am sure we will enjoy it when the time comes.

Check out what other TOS Crew Members have to say about Reading Eggs over at the Crew Blog!

Disclosure: I received this product for a limited time in exchange for a review. There was no other compensation given for this review. All opinions given above are my own, honest opinion.

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