Reading Eggs Review!
Reading Eggs is a fun, interactive, vibrant website with 120 lessons that teaches children ages 3-13 reading skills with colorful animated characters in a world all their own!
Our last attempt at Reading Eggs was a few years back. At that time, it was my daughter who tried it out. Unfortunately, things did not go well.
Since that time, Reading Eggs has expanded to include more options and has split their website into 2 programs. Reading Eggs for 3-7 year olds and Reading Eggspress for 7-13 year olds. They have also added a math program called Mathseeds for ages 3-6.
This time around, my 4 year old son and I would be looking at the Reading Eggs site together.
Because my son is still in the pre-reading stages of his development, I decided to forgo the reading placement test and have him just start at the beginning.
Upon logging into the site and starting the first step of lesson 1, we are greeted by Sam the friendly ant. Sam introduces the letter "m" and its' sound. After hearing the sound, the child is instructed to click on the letter. After this step is completed, egg coins are deposited into the bank. These can be spent on "stuff" for the avatar.
Easy enough! We are off to a good start.
In the next step your child needs to click on the picture that makes the "MMMMM" sound.
Ok, well that was a little more tricky, but still doable.
Up next is a dot to dot. My son LOVED doing this! I liked not only how the dots are in the shape of the letter, but, the dots are numbered in true dot-to-dot fashion. If your child messes up on the sequence of forming the letter, the lines already drawn are erased and the child has to start over.
The remainder of the steps for the letter "m" are a mixture of finding the letter "m" 5 times on a 6x6 board (both lower and upper case letters are used), making a letter "m" book, matching words that begin with the letter "m" to the correct picture and then a book is read to the child.
The "bestest part" comes last. After completing all the steps to a particular lesson, the Reading Egg hatches into a creature. In this case, it was the Marshmallow Mouse. Now the next lesson is unlocked on the map allowing the child to proceed.
Lesson 2 centers on the letter "s". That one went fairly well too!
By this time I'm feeling pretty confident in what my son is learning. So, instead of sitting next to him the whole time, I do spot checks.
During one of his play times, he becomes VERY frustrated. I realize that this is over his head. I also realize that he's gotten as far as he has because he figured out that if he hits the wrong answer, he can continue to click around until he gets the correct one. UGH! This isn't helping him learn to read!
So, we back track. This time I stay sitting next to him. We go through Lesson 3 together and here's where we hit a snag. The WORD "I" and the SOUND "am" is introduced. He's not ready for this. Also in this lesson there's a 3 word sentence "scramble". He's not ready for that either!
It's obvious to me that when Reading Eggs noted that the Playroom is the "perfect place to get started" for 3-4 year olds, they were right!
The Playroom contains different alphabet games, books, play kitchen, dress-ups, crafts, puzzles, music play and art. My son is most comfortable in this section of the website.
The other sections that can be unlocked in Reading Eggs include spelling, vocabulary, creative writing, word puzzles, comprehension and ebooks to read.
I have to say that Reading Eggs has really improved their site over the last time we reviewed it. Your child can try Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress with A FREE 5 WEEK TRIAL!
Pricing for Reading Eggs is as follows:
$49.95 for a 6 month subscription
$69.95 for a 12 month subscription
Add a second or third child at the same time and receive 50% off their subscription price.
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