The lad: I don't know mom, I like you reading to me better.
Mom: It's an on-line program, think you want to try it?
The lad: Sure mom. I don't have to write anything right?
Mom: No, it's all on-line.
The lad: Yes!
And so we took up the opportunity from TOS Review Crew to review the Reading Kingdom. Reading Kingdom was created by Dr. Marion Blank, who is an expert in literacy, and was awarded the Upton Sinclair Award for education. We are pleased we took up this challenge.
Product: This is a program designed to help children read better. The goal of this program is the help children read and write to a grade three level.
Price: You can try it free for 30 days, and after that it will cost $19.99/month ($199.99/year) for your first child. Each additional child will be $9.99 ($99.99/year).
Age Range: 4-10 years old.
Format: On-line learning. though they also sell books that go along with the program. They range in price from $9.99 to $14.99. You can learn more about those additional features here.
I just encourage him saying that "Yes, I know he had it, but the computer doesn't know that. It is just a program with a built in speed. Keep trying and you'll beat the speed...it is a competition you know." Being the child who is he, the competition factor helped. :)
I found even when I got him to really focus on it, finding the letters within the time alloted was challenging for him. But we did manage to work through this aspect of the program. It did force him to learn where the letters are on the keyboard better, but the frustration level was VERY high for him. This might turn off some children, but many children, with encouragement can work through this frustration and thereby gain the necessary skills. :)
My Son: "I think it's a good program. It's easy enough. but sometimes it is annoying sometimes."
Me: He's learning new words, he's gaining more confidence. I really appreciate how the approach is incremental and the child is frequently told "good job". This program DOES what it says it will do. My son is progressing well, the lessons are short which helps maintain focus, we will continue to use this program for the year that we have to use it. I expect by the end of the year he will have a greater understanding and confidence in his reading ability. :)