Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew
My kids love when we get to try new computer programs in our homeschool! The kids love being able to use their computers or tablets for school. And I love when we find good programs that help my kids enjoy learning more! This past month my family had the opportunity to try out an online early math program called Counting Kingdom from Reading Kingdom. This program is not exactly what I expected however I feel it could be a very useful program for many homeschool families.
About Reading Kingdom
Reading Kingdom is company that began with an online web-based reading program for kids Kindergarten through 3rd grade. It now has 3 more added programs: Story Smarts, Spelling Ninja, and Counting Kingdom. All their programs are online web-based. Therefore internet access is required. I have not used any of their other programs before however, many other families on the homeschool review crew have this month! After you finish this review click below to find reviews about each of their other programs!
What is Counting Kingdom?
Counting Kingdom is an introductory math program that is for children 3 plus. It is broken up into 3 levels.
- Level 1: Teaching and understanding number concepts with numbers 1-10
- Level 2: Begins introducing Higher level math concepts using general terms such as same, all, and others.
- Level 3: Begins adding memory tasks and introduces basic operations.
All levels focus on using numbers 1-10, basic shapes, counting, and a 10 frame to visualize and understand numbers. Students begin at Level 1 answering questions and learning number concepts with numbers 1-10. Each level has 10 lessons and each lesson has 21 questions.
How did Counting Kingdom work for us?
Unfortunately, Counting kingdom was not quite what I expected and it did not quite fit in with my family’s homeschool needs. My youngest son is 6 and working at first grade level. I had expected the program to provide a placement test. Or that I would be able to pick a level of early math for him to begin at. As we started the Counting Kingdom program Ethan went straight into lesson 1-1. It was 21 questions about counting, using, and recognizing the number 1. It was very easy for him. I began to look into ways to switch him to a different level but did not find one for Counting Kingdom. However, I did find that the reading programs appear to have placement tests and the ability to manually switch your child’s level.
My 6 year old, very high energy boy did not enjoy this program as much as I hoped he would. He had already mastered the concepts it was teaching it it was too easy for him. The questions were very repetitive for him and it moved at a slow pace for him. After reviewing the lesson topics in the other levels I saw that the program as a whole would be too easy and slow paced for him. We did do a few more lessons. This way I could get an better idea of what the program was about and how it would progress. However, I did not want to force him to keep spending time on something that was not a challenge for him that he didn’t really enjoy.
Who would Counting Kingdom be helpful for?
Even though counting Kingdom did not work for my son, I do not feel that it is a bad program. Coming from a special education background, before I started homeschooling, I think this program could it being helpful for a lot of young children. Counting Kingdom would be great for very young children (3-4) just beginning to learn number concepts. With its repetition and slow pace, I think that it would be very helpful for children with learning disabilities or delays. The program makes sure that students master each number and concept and asks questions in a variety of ways.
If you have a preschool child you want to introduce number concepts to, or a child struggling to understand numbers then Counting Kingdom would possibly be a very good fit for you. I recommend checking out the program with the free 7 day trial first. Then you would know if it will work for you before you subscribe.
Don’t forget to check out more from Reading Kingdom!
Reading Kingdom, Counting Kingdom, Spelling Ninja, and Story Smarts are all great subscription based online learning options for your homeschool family. Click below and read more about all that Reading Kingdom has to offer.