“Mom, can I do my Reading Kingdom?” “Honey it is 8 in the morning you still haven’t had breakfast!” “I know mom, but it is fun and I want to start the day off with fun!”
This is how my mornings have been starting…taking a kid who fights me to do his school and making it so that he asks me if he can do it before he even eats or gets dressed in the morning! Reading Kingdom Online is the perfect way to help my son with his reading skills and he thinks it is just a game!
What Is It?
Reading Kingdom is an online reading program that progresses at your child’s pace. In fact, you are told from the get go, that no matter how much they struggle, you need to let them do this on their own so that the program knows what the child does and does not know.
Reading Kingdom is a program for kids ages 4-10 (up to a third grade reading level) that helps them with their reading and even some writing skills. This program requires minimal adult supervision, I found it easier to walk out of the room. This program works with your child and customizes to your child’s learning to help them on an individual level.
As they learn new skills, your child will progress forward in the program, or stay and focus on a needed skill. They work on earning points and opening new pages in their passports.
As the parent/teacher, you get progress report emails that let you know how your child is doing, and you have easy access to see where they are excelling and where they are struggling. While you see this, there really isn’t much for you to do…besides watch the program adapt for each child until they get it and move on.
How We Used This
Upon starting this review, I spent some time reading up on my role in this program. I was quite shocked to see that I didn’t really have a role. I was told that I could view their progress and that the best thing for me to do was to step aside and let them learn!
What does that mean? Mom makes sure they do 4 or more lessons a week, and that is it! The program works with their skills and adapts to them, so if I were to help them, they would get false readings and I would be messing up their learning.
Ray Ray took to the program right away and loved it. He had no problem working on 1-2 lessons each day. He wanted to start the lessons right away because they were “easy” and fun. (I think they were easy because they were fun!)
Little Miss struggled with using the keyboard, and I struggled with not being able to help her. It has taken her some time to get moving forward, but I like that we were able to allow her to use an onscreen keyboard instead of the physical one. The reason for this, the physical keyboard doesn’t have both upper and lower case letters listed, and it was hard for her at 4 to know the match for some.
What We Thought
Ray Ray and Little Miss were super excited to get the chance to try this program and I was excited to see what all the hype was that I was seeing. Man, was I impressed with what I saw…after I got over my need to constantly help the kids that is!
Reading Kingdom is just what we needed in this house! It took the reading and writing skills of the children to a whole new level! I had to get used to not helping them all the time, but once I did, it was perfect. I realized that they were still learning, and they were learning at their pace. Not too fast, and not too slow!
We love this reading program and plan to use it in the years to come. I love seeing the kids learning and being challenged in a good way on a daily basis. It makes it so much more fun for the whole homeschool thing!
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