*NOTE: I have not been compensated in any way to review this product, nor do I receive any compensation if you choose to purchase. This is my unbiased review.
As a homeschool mom, I am always looking for better, more hands-on ways to teach and reinforce new concepts. I consider myself blessed to be living in the technology age, to have computers and tablets readily available to use is a luxury my kids can greatly benefit from! Over the years, we have used too many apps and websites to count, but there are a few we keep going back to time and again. Why? Because my kids enjoy them and they work! Anything that makes learning less of a chore and more enjoyable for them (and for this momma teacher) is a win in my book. This reading program has been enjoyed immensely by my children.
Reading Eggs is a comprehensive beginning reading program for ages 2-13. It is subscription based and is available online or via an Android or iOs app. We have used both the online version and the app of this reading program and the user experience is identical. I am now just starting this program out with my second child, Jack who is 5 years old at the time of this writing. Each lesson includes a short instruction, followed by several interactive games that reinforce the material presented. On average, a lesson takes about 10 minutes to complete, start to finish. The animated characters are fun and engaging and make the new material less scary.
Above is a screenshot of the screen you are taken to upon login. This is a screenshot of my son’s actual progress dashboard (keep in mind we just started this reading program with him so there’s not much to track at this time). As you can see, at the top it gives you an overview of the child’s estimated “reading age”, the number of skills mastered, and the number of sight words learned. Below that, the dashboard gives you more detailed information about your child’s activity while using the software.
Upon selecting the “start” button at the top of this page, you are taken to a selection screen where you will choose which age range you want your child to work in. There are three different levels to this reading program based upon age. Once you choose the appropriate level your child is taken to their map (pictured above), where they will be able to complete the material sequentially.
As they go, they earn eggs which can then be used to “buy” fun items for their character. Once they complete a map, they are given a certificate of completion which you can then print for them to display proudly!
We love this reading program because of its short lessons, built-in review, fun activities, and the fact that it can act as a supplement no matter what curriculum you are using alongside it.
OUR RATING: 4/5 STARS
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Reading program for ages 2-13 with age-specific leveling
Free trial? Yes (no credit card required)
Price: 9.95/mo or 49.95/6 months or 59.95/year
Add a second child for 50% off
Subscription also includes a math program (we haven’t used this yet)