What kind of fun way do you teach your kids some reading, or sight words? Do you have a favorite website that helps you with what your child is learning? We love Essential Skills Advantage and all the fun they have to offer!
What is Essential Skills Advantage?
Essential Skills Advantage is a fun way to help with Reading and Language for kids in Kindergarten up to 6th grade. This is an online learning program that is focused on teaching your child to read with phonics and sight words. There are no downloads and as long as you have access to the internet, you have access to Essential Skills Advantage.
There are over 20,000 activities starting in Kindergarten to help your child excel with their reading. Kindergarten up to 3rd grade offers complete reading programs for your children to work through. Each of these offer you, the teacher/parent, an activity guide to show you what your children will be focusing on and learning. Each program is broken down into the different skills your child needs to learn the “year”. I say year like that, because Ray Ray has so much fun, he keeps moving through the year a little faster than I thought he would.
In 1st grade, your children have the option to start the Fun with Spelling program also. These programs focus on one particular skill at a time. 1st grade works on the vowel families and moves up to the “toughies”. By 3rd grade, they are working on different spelling rules. Each of these skills are taught by playing games instead of drilling the students.
After 3rd grade, your children get to move up to other programs like Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Builder and Spell Master. Although these are supposed to be “harder”, they are just as much fun!
Essential Skills Advantage also offers a Grammar program for grades 3-5 and fun Spelling Stumpers.
How was Essential Skills Advantage Used by Us?
Ray Ray was the lucky one who got to use Essential Skills Advantage. I say lucky one because this is a fun program to use. We have been using this to go along with our reading program. This is mommy’s go to program when Ray Ray doesn’t want to do any school, but wants to play on the computer. See, if you notice, this child of mine loves to play on the computer, and I allow it. But what he doesn’t know, is the games he “plays” are learning games.
I wanted Ray Ray to do 1-2 skills each day 3-4 days during the week. I had one unforeseen problem…he didn’t stop at the 1-2 skills. He would continue on until 3-5 skills had been completed and he was that much closer to a certificate…which you can and should print for your child to hang up proudly on their bedroom door!
I would log Ray Ray onto the program and move on to helping Little Miss or Moe Man. I didn’t have to worry about him not understanding something because they would verbally tell him the directions for each activity he was working on. I wouldn’t just ignore him while he was working on this, in fact there were and will be a lot of times I will sit down beside him and have him tell me what he was doing. He loves the word searches and the learning to actually type the words out.
Essential Skills Advantage works in order, so I didn’t have to worry about planning out each skill and making sure Ray Ray did them in the right order. You work through the complete program in order and earn your stars as you go.
Our Final Opinion
Ray Ray loves this program. We had previously paid for this, but had to stop when planning out the new budget. When I opened this up for our review…Ray Ray was so excited that he was ready to go right away.
When I asked him what he liked about Essential Skills Advantage, he told me everything. Nothing needs to change mommy, he said.
I feel the same way about this. I don’t have any complaints at all. I love the program and how it is set up. I love that he is actually learning something and not just jumping around to get time to “play” like other programs we have used.
The Premium Plan, which is what we used, is $9.99 a month per child. This gives us access to everything Essential Skills Advantage has to offer with no ads at all. This is not a bad price, but I have something fun to share…go and sign up for the Premium Plan before October 1st and use code TOS50 and you get 50% off for the duration of your membership!! That is $4.99 a month per student until YOU decide to cancel!! This is a wonderful deal and I would be one of the first to run over and sign up! (I actually want to sign Little Miss up, even though she isn’t ready, just so I can get this deal!) Now, if you still can’t justify that…Essential Skills Advantage is also offering a new sponsored version of their program. You wouldn’t have access to everything, although it is still quite a bit of the program. And since it is sponsored with ads, you don’t have to pay a monthly fee.
So, I recommend this program. Ray Ray recommends this program. You can get an awesome deal on the Premium Membership, or join in on the Sponsored Version. What in the world are you waiting for??? Need other opinions? Just head over here and see what these other moms are saying!
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