My son is in Kindergarten, and we are both excited for him to learn to read this year! Although I’ve been reading to him since he was an infant, and he spent his preschool years learning letters and sounds, this is the year where it all comes together. He has a wonderful teacher who has hit the ground running building those important pre-reading skills, but I wanted something to supplement that instruction at home. My son, like most kids, loves playing games on his tablet, so I knew I wanted an app that would incorporate learning and fun. His teacher recommended Reading Eggs, which has a 30 day free trial, and so far it has been a huge hit at our house!
What is Reading Eggs?
Reading Eggs is an online, multi-award winning early learning resource and app that was developed by expert educators. Designed to be easy to follow, self-paced and highly engaging for children between the ages of 2-13, Reading Eggs helps children develop confidence as they become fluent and proficient readers.
My son often becomes self conscious when learning something new, especially something as challenging as reading. I love that Reading Eggs is a resource he can use at home, where he feels safe. And because it’s highly motivating with colorful characters, interactive lessons with songs, and rewards, he never becomes bored. In fact, begs to get on his tablet for Reading Eggs time.
The Science Behind Reading Eggs
Reading Eggs was put together by a team of elementary school teachers, writers and developers, and focuses on 5 main components of reading:
- Phonemic Awareness: The ability to hear and manipulate the different sounds in words.
- Phonics: Recognizing the connection between letters and the sounds they make, the process of mapping the sounds in words to written letters.
- Vocabulary: Understanding the meaning of words, their definitions, and their context.
- Reading Comprehension: Understand the meaning of text – both in story books and information books.
- Fluency: The ability to read aloud with speed, understanding and accuracy.
All of these skills are taught through fun, engaging lessons that build on one another.
How the Program Works
Because Reading Eggs is designed for children ages 2-13, obviously not all children will start the program at the same level. To ensure they are starting at the correct reading level, all children will take a placement quiz when they begin.
As children move through the program, parents can access detailed progress reports as well as hundreds of downloadable activity sheets that correspond with the lessons in the program. There are also 2,000 online books with comprehension quizzes at the end of each, and my son and I have enjoyed reading those together before bed each night.
My son’s favorite part of the program is the rewards. He is so proud of all the golden eggs he has earned for his progress. He uses these eggs to buy fun reward games and items for his avatar and house.
Reading Eggs has showed my son that learning can be fun! He has gained so much confidence and heads to Kindergarten each day excited and ready to learn and show his teacher his reading progress. I am so thankful for this tool that helps me as a mom promote enthusiasm for reading, both at school and in our home.
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