I’m always a little cautious with online reading programs as I have found that good ol’ paper books seem to work best for us but I am so glad that we got the opportunity to review Reading Kingdom ! This program is set up so great! It really helps the child to learn at a pace where they will retain as much of the information as possible. They have two versions of the program, one designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) called ASDReading and then they have the Reading Kingdom program for children without learning challenges.
This is a fully online program that you can access from any computer by logging onto to website. You just simply log onto your account and enter the program through your parent dashboard. Once you open the Reading Kingdom program you will enter exactly where you left off. They suggest that you do one to two of the lessons each day in order to get the most out of the program. This seems like a good amount for us. It usually takes my daughter about twenty minutes to finish the two lessons.
What is in a lesson?
Each lesson has multiple different reading activities. Things such as finding the missing letters, finding the letters that will make a word, searching a story for words, shooting words out of the sky. My daughter loves the “shooting the letters out of the sky” activity. Each of the activities gets you familiar with the word, the phonetic sounds that the words are made up of, and how the words look. I find that they repeat the same concept over and over but the reason the child doesn’t get bored is because Reading Kingdom program is changes the activity to get them to practice the same thing over and over! I actually really like how they have set this up.
Progress is tracked both in the lessons and on the dashboard. The in-lesson tracking is more for the students to see how they are progressing and is done in an award type way with a score at the top of the lesson screen and a sticker book that they earn stickers for as they get the lesson points. The other type of progress tracking is more for the parents. It is laid out very nicely on the dashboard. You can see what levels your child has completed, where they are struggling and where they are doing good. You also have the option to print the reports so that you can use them in your homeschooling reports.
Emily’s thoughts! (Age 6)
“I liked that it didn’t talk over and over again the same things. I liked the shooting game and the bubble fish games. They were fun games to play.”
They also have some other cool looking products that can be found on their website. Some of the things that really popped out to me were Story Smarts a reading comprehension program and Spelling Ninga a spelling program! There are also a few extra small games that you get access to for memory, words, and typing.