We had the opportunity to try Reading Kingdom’s online program to review. This program is for kids ages 4-10 improve their reading skills. It’s an easy to use program and teaches a child to read up to a third grade level. When you sign up for Reading Kingdom online you get your first 30 days free after that it’s $19.99 a month or $199.99 a year (which is a 20% discount). This program teaches six skills that are needed to teach proper reading and writing skills. Phonics programs only teach sounds and Whole Language programs only teach comprehension but Reading Kingdom teaches not only those but also sequencing, motor skills, meaning and grammar as well as sounds and comprehension. To find out more information about how they teach here is a link to a pdf download to How the Reading Kingdom is different from other reading programs. Below is a few screenshots from the program to show you the fun images and “game like” lessons.
I’ve been using this with Boo my 8 year old (third grade) who, although doesn’t really have any issues that prevent her from reading, doesn’t like to take the time to sit down and read. With this program she not only loves her lessons she is at the computer before I am waiting for me to start the program. I’ve already noticed great improvement in her reading. As I would ask her how she felt about this program she said “this is more like a game than school.” Which is a huge compliment coming from her.
We used this program for several weeks (so far) at least 5 days a week. Because of the improvement and success I have seen we will continue to use it until she has completed it. I feel it is an important part of our schooling. This is an aspect that is important to any child’s education. If a child struggles in reading it can affect every area of their education. Yet if a child can read, they can learn anything.
The lessons are really short compared to other programs yet they are perfect for the attention span of younger users. I like that at the end of a lesson you have the option to either review a previous lesson, go to the next lesson or quit for the day. Depending on how quickly your child comprehends the lessons is how quickly you can move through the program. Also I just want to make a note that if you have a struggling reader over the age of 10 it can actually be beneficial to them as well.
You can choose to use either an onscreen keyboard, like in the 2nd screenshot above, or use your computers actual keyboard. Depending on your child depends on which one you should use. Boo uses the regular keyboard. She started out with the onscreen keyboard but because she was used to the computer keyboard we switched over to that instead. Which you choose depends on what you/your child is comfortable with.
We highly recommend this product.