There are many options available when it comes to reading for kids, including Reading Eggs. My youngest son has been using one of their brand new workbooks, 200 Essential Reading Skills for Third Grade as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. All opinions are our own.
Reading is a fundamental skill that is often a cornerstone of focus in the early elementary years. Being able to read opens up so many doors to learning. Yet, it does not always come easily. Sometimes a child needs to have things presented in a variety of formats.
Years ago, my older boys spent some time using an online program called Reading Eggs. This was a great way to help fill in some of the gaps they had from the regular program we were using.
My youngest son has not stayed completely on track for learning the past few years. As a semi-relaxed homeschooler, I am not too concerned. However, it is always nice to the have the chance to do an assessment and see if he is on track. That’s why I was happy to have Reading Eggs up for review, particularly the new workbook. He loves having a well laid out game plan, especially in bright colors!
About Reading Eggs: Reading for Kids
Reading Eggs is an online game like program which helps kids (ages 2 through 13) learn to read.
The different age groups are split into 3 levels: Reading Eggs Junior (ages 2 to 4), Reading Eggs (ages 3 – 7), and Reading Eggspress (ages7 – 13.)
The program incorporates the five essential keys to reading success: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension and fluency. Working through the program, a student can go from being a non-reader to reading long chapter books.
Over the years, they have expanded to include early math through Mathseeds. This online program for kids aged 3-9 teaches core math and problem-solving skills. Concepts are introduced and modeled before the student works on the associated activities.
For both of the online subscriptions, the programs are structured, yet presented in a fun manner to engage the kids.
Tracking Work in Reading Eggs: Reading for Kids
One log in serves for the family with tabs for each child shown on the dashboard. From there, you can select the child and press start to go into their particular program. On the same tab, you can look at the progress they have made.
There are some ‘rewards’ built into the online program. If you have a child like mine that already enjoys playing video games, then it will be something they can get excited about earning. They can see these on their landing page for the program as well as their own version of a dashboard.
Each section of the lesson completed earns eggs (10 per section is what I’ve seen so far.) At the end of the lesson quiz, they can collect a trading card. There are also targets they can aim to hit which meld lesson milestones with other activities within the program (e.g. shopping and getting pets.)
200 Essential Reading Skills for Third Grade Workbook
Now the team at Blake eLearning has launched print workbooks for math and reading that work alongside the online learning program. These workbooks consolidate all the essential literacy and numeracy skills a child is learning on Reading Eggs and Mathseeds.
The workbooks are easily connected to the online programs. The workbook for third grade corresponds to lessons 61 through 100 in Reading Eggspress.
Some of the pages included in the workbook are available to subscribers through the free activity sheets pages found under bonus materials. However, the workbooks add more to the mix by including spelling and grammar pages, too.
Each of the pages is labeled by week and day so you can easily progress through the book. Each week in the workbook corresponds to one lesson in Reading Eggspress.
Our Thoughts on Reading Eggs: Reading for Kids
So far, this is proving to be a great blend of online work and workbook pages for my son. He enjoys the ease of using the program on his iPad while I like having some of the work done on paper. Not only does it give me a kind of paper trail for reporting, but it also has him working on his handwriting at the same time. Or, should I say showcasing his need to practice letter formation still.
The program has many of the same basics we saw when D reviewed it back in 2012. However, I like that the entry point is focused on LESSONS rather than giving the child free reign to just play some games.
The first time J logged into the system, he was given a short assessment to place him in the program. I’ll admit to holding my breath to see if he’d make it into the 3rd-grade level as that’s the workbook I had chosen for him. Thankfully, it did just that saying to start at lesson 61 (the start of 3rd grade.)
So far, he has done a few of the lessons and played around on his own. What he has not done is to sample the Mathseeds component or look at spelling (English Grammar button on the landing page for Reading Eggspress) or even the library of books to read. All of those are areas I plan to sit alongside him to explore in the coming weeks.
Final Takeaway on Reading Eggspress: Reading For Kids
So far, this program seems to be a great blend for my son. He enjoys the online time with game-like environments with rewards while I like having a printed workbook that compliments the learning.
If you are dead set on avoiding electronics, then this is not the program for you. However, if you want a reading program that is based on years of experience which incorporate online and print learning, then take a closer look. You can use just the online version of the program, but the workbook makes it even easier to implement the program and assess their learning.
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Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Reading Eggs post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.