Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Reading Eggs

"Learning to read can be easy and fun!" is the promise of Reading Eggs, an online subscription software program designed to teach 3-7 year old children how to read or reinforce reading skills. Since I have children in the 3-7 year old age range, I agreed to try out this online subscription program through the Homeschool Crew. Here is what we thought:

First, a free online assessment is offered. I decided to take advantage of the placement option it offered. My 6 year old took the test and scored somewhat lower than I expected, so she was begun at a rather early level of the program. However, that did not bother her. She enjoyed working through the animated learning activities, though they were really mostly review for her.

This is what the online placement test looks like: When a child answers incorrectly on three items, the test stops and the child is then placed into the program. Some of the test questions test sentences, while others test single words.

My first grader played some alphabet activities, viewed short lessons, and listened to some songs designed to teach phonics sounds. Overall, she is enjoying this program. I am not using it as a complete reading program, but simply as a supplement on days she completes her regular schoolwork.

Could it be used as a complete reading program? Possibly for some kids. It is a colorful, interesting program and is fairly comprehensive, from our experience. I choose to use it simply as a review item, preferring to continue using a standard phonics-based approach as our core. Below is a screen shot of the map a child follows as she works through the program.

Here is a shot of one of the activities in another section of the program, in which a child will compose a sentence.

Overall, we like this as a supplement. You can view pricing options on the Reading Eggs site, but here are some highlights:

$75.00 for 12 months
$49.95 for 6 months
$9.95 monthly

Second and third children may be added to 6 month and 12 month subscriptions for 50% off. Book packs are offered at a subscribers' discount. A free 14 day trial is offered for anyone curious about the program.

Learn more on the Reading Eggs info page. Families with older children reading books can use Reading Eggspress, a companion program designed for children aged 7-13, which has them reading books and participating in fun animated activities.

Disclosure: As a member of the Homeschool Crew, I received a complimentary subscription to this software program. As each family and their needs is different, be sure to read other reviews of this program at the Homeschool Crew blog.

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