Monday, March 7, 2011
TOS REVIEW ~ Reading Kingdom
Reading Kingdom is an online program that teaches kids ages 4-10 to read using Dr. Marion Blank's method of reading. From the website:
I used this program with my two youngest kids ages 6 and 8. The program has a cute owl mascot that leads your little learner through their lessons.
The lesson pages are very engaging with bright colors and fun animations and sounds. Many giggles commenced as they answered questions and saw how their response triggered sounds and silliness.
While using this program in the beginning my kids were frustrated as they had to listen closely to whether the program wanted them to "type" or "click". Also the child could not be too quick to respond nor too slow or the program would count it as a wrong answer. Learning these nuances took time.
I teach reading using the phonics method so the approach the website took was different for my kids. Avery was doing the mouse and keyboard training and I found that helpful for those skills.
Neil is all ready a proficient reader and seems to be stuck on Level 1 of the program.
The parent can check the progress of the student on the parent tab. Here is Avery's progress as of this morning.
Reading Kingdom gives you 9 Reasons to sign up. The pricing is $199.99 for the year or $19.99 a month. They offer a free 30 day trial to check them out.
Overall my kids had fun with this program. If you are looking for a phonics based program than this is not for you. If your child learns better with Blank's method than this program would be a good fit. I highly recommend you give the 30 day trial a go before purchasing.
See what my other crew members thought of Reading Kingdom here.
Disclaimer: I received a free one year subscription to Reading Kingdom in exchange for an honest review as a member of the TOS Crew.