Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
We were given the opportunity to review the Reading Kingdom reading digital program. The Reading Kingdom is a phonics-based program that has been proven by experts to teach a child to read according to their level.
Upon receiving login information it was an extremely user-friendly experience. There is an assessment at the beginning to make sure your child is being placed at the right spot. The assessment took about 15 minutes to get through and then the child is placed accordingly.
This program simultaneously teaches how to type as well as how to read. This took some adjustment for my boys(6 and 8) as we have not learned typing yet and they are used to only doing things on the iPad.
If you do use an iPad a keyboard shows up on the screen and you need to be able to type the letters to the sounds or words including punctuation and spaces.
My boys found it to be much simpler using the computer once they got the hang of it with an actual keyboard compared to the iPad.
At first, my younger son who loves learning digitally loved the reading Kingdom. He wanted to do as many in a row as he could however, the program actually stops you from doing too many lessons and advises you to wait until the next day so that the child is learning at their full capability.
They suggest using the Reading Kingdom at least 5 days a week for the best results. We used reading Kingdom in this way for a few weeks however after a couple of weeks my son was more and more reluctant to do his lesson.
I think this had to do with the repetition. The Reading Kingdom lessons tend to repeat over and over until the word is learned. I would classify it more as a site memorization phonics approach to learning how to read than phonetic decoding solely.
For example, when learning a certain word, the child is asked to click on it in a group of words multiple times, and then asked to type it out multiple times after.
The actual lesson itself can be done in about 10 minutes however if you do two lessons in a row it’s about 20 minutes. I really like that this program teaches the child how to type as well as how to read.
The graphics are engaging for young minds. I think this is what lured my son to the program and made him so receptive in the beginning.
We are eclectic Charlotte Mason style and I think the repetition for him gets to be a bit aggravating. However other families have used this program and had great results with their child.
I was really excited to want to try this program because it is so hands-off for the parents and almost everything we do in our homeschool is Mama focused. So I was a bit disappointed that my son did not take to it long term as I was hoping he would.
However, with the end of the school year, it could just be a combination of looking forward to summer vacation. After a few weeks off, I will reintroduce it to him and hope that we can continue to use our membership over the course of the next year.
Like I said my favorite part about this program is that it simultaneously teaches the child how to type and in this day and age it is absolutely essential to have an understanding of computers and the technology realm.
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