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When I hear about Reading Eggs I have always just assumed it was only for young children, or beginning readers. Therefore when I had the opportunity, I was excited to get to try out this program with my youngest son, who is just learning to read. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out Reading Eggs and Mathseeds offer online games and programs for kids up to age 13. So this past month all three of my 3 boys ages, 6-12 have all been working with Reading Eggs.
Reading Eggs offers so much more than just a beginning reading program for young children. My boys and I were thrilled to get to try out this excellent program. The Reading Eggs online program now has: Reading Eggs Junior, Reading Eggs, Fast Phonics, Reading Eggspress, and Math Seeds. You can easily decide which programs work best for you child and lock the ones that are too easy or hard. Also, each of the programs will begin with a placement test, so that you can be assured your child will be starting at a reading or math level appropriate for them. Each program has it’s own unique features to make them fun for each age group, but with the same easy to use dashboard and progress tracking. All parts of the program can be used on a computer through a browser through apps on tablets, or other mobile devices.
Reading Eggs Junior
Reading Eggs Junior is made for preschool children or ages 2-4. It provides online games and activities for that develop pre-reading skills. We didn’t try this program out in my family, as all of my children are ages 6 and up. This program looks like a lot of fun for young children. It would be wonderful for a family with older children using Reading eggs, and a younger child that wanted to learn just like their older siblings. There are fun games to introduce letters and sounds. Also, there stories and activities build vocabulary, and work on memory skills! After looking at some of what is available on this program, I know my kids would have loved it when they were young.
The basic Reading Eggs program is for kids 4-7. It has been excellent for my 6 year old beginning reader. My youngest has not been extremely excited about reading until this year. We added Reading Eggs to our curriculum this year and it has been wonderful for him. This has been an excellent independent activity for my youngest to do this year. Each day, while I’m working with his brothers on other schoolwork, he can use his tablet to continue learning with Reading Eggs. What Ethan loves about Reading Eggs is that he feels like he is playing games. When kids sign on to Reading Eggs the first time they will take a quick placement test if you’d like them too. You can turn this off if you know that you would like them to start at Lesson 1.
Your child is able to choose their egg character avatar and explore their “house”. As they complete lessons they are rewarded with eggs. They use the eggs to unlock costumes for their avatar, pets, items for their house, and play games. The lessons teach letter sounds, decoding words, and sight words in a sequential order. As kids master more sounds and words they unlock more lessons and stories they can read. At the end of each map they complete there is a quiz they must pass to go on to the next level. Ethan is so proud after each quiz he completes and loves showing me the certificates he gets in his award section. His reading has improved so much in the past month and he is having fun learning.
Fast Phonics focuses on games and activities to learn and practice phonics rules. It is for kids age 5-10 or for any kids needing help improving phonics skills. This program moves more quickly than Reading Eggs and helps with reading and spelling skills. Just like other Reading Eggs programs it gives you regular progress reports so you can keep up with what your kids are learning. Ethan has enjoyed Fast Phonics just as well as Reading Eggs.
In this program your play with a Yeti as your character and a fun mountain snow theme. It moves quickly and the games are a lot of fun for my youngest son. Fast Phonics keeps track of each phonetic sound and word your child learns. Also, Ethan loves his reward certificates and seeing the words and sounds he learns. At each the end of each mountain peak they also collect a book to read. The books use the words and sounds they learned to read, so your kids will have success in their reading.
Reading Eggspress is for kids who are already reading. It develops vocabulary, reading, spelling, and grammar skills. The dashboard works very similar to the Reading Eggs program but it is geared more towards older kids. The avatars are animated comic book style kids. As students complete lessons they earn eggs. They can use the eggs to play games in the arcade, buy costumes, unlock trading cards, and items for their apartment. One different feature in Reading Eggspress, that is fun for older kids, is the Stadium. In the stadium kids compete against each other in different spelling in grammar games. They earn points to place on a leaderboard. There are so many different games and activities to learn and help kids grow their reading and language arts skills. Both my older kids, 10 and 12, enjoyed these games. They enjoyed playing the games and the trading cards.
Reading Eggspress tracks your kids progress just like every other Reading Eggs program. It keeps track of each lesson, and your child’s Lexile (reading) level growth. As your child continues through lessons and activities you can see a clear picture of their progress or exactly what they are having trouble with. I am happy to have my kids continue using this program this year. It is a fun for them to have Reading Eggs to use to practice reading. So many online reading programs for for young kids or beginning readers. They were so excited that Reading Eggs had something that they could enjoy playing with as well!
My kids and I spend most of our time this past month using the Reading programs on Reading Eggs. However, my youngest tried a little of Mathseeds as well. Mathseeds has fun lessons and games to teach math skills to kids ages 3-9. It was a bit too easy for my older too kids, however, my youngest enjoyed these lessons. They work just like the reading programs except instead of using eggs students have an acorn for their avatar, and earn seeds. It is a very cute program with fun games and lessons. I look forward to letting him spend more time on it.
Reading Eggs is such a versatile program that has been a fun, and helpful addition to our homeschool. It has been easy to use for me and my kids. I am so happy that we have had the opportunity to use it. Reading Eggs offers a free trial so you can try it out and see if it works for you family also! Also, click below and check out what all the other homeschoolers from the Homeschool Review Crew have to say about how Reading Eggs has worked in their families.