Our Thoughts on Reading Eggs and the Read-To-Cure Challenge
Our review of the Reading Eggs program couldn't have come at a better time. Not only did the opportunity present itself right as my five year old sparked a sudden interest in learning to read, but I get to tell you all about about the Read-To-Cure challenge as well.
What is Reading Eggs?
Reading Eggs is an online program of reading lessons and ebooks that teaches phonics and basic reading skills to children three to 13 years of age. Your child can take a pre-test before they begin that places them at the perfect level to develop their skills in one-on-one lessons that go at their own pace.
Things you should know:
The program is compatible on all of your devices, PC, Mac, iPad and Android. My daughter has played on our PC and iPad, but she prefers the PC version.
They offer a money-back guarantee
Reports and assessments regularly track your child’s progress
Reading Eggs is divided into two programs, Reading Eggs for kids 3 to 7 and Reading Eggspress for kids 7 to 13.
Reading Eggs consist of 120 reading lessons plus Reading Eggs World where there mini test for sight words, letters and sounds, and content words, an introduction to creative writing, spelling lessons, word puzzles, ebooks and an arcade to play games in using coins they earned as a reward during lesson time.
Reading Eggspress features 1500 ebooks, 200 comprehension lessons, real time contest against other children to test spelling, vocabulary, usage and grammar skills and a virtual apartment and mall where they can show off trophies earned in the lessons and play fun games.
Of the current two million plus children currently using Reading Eggs around the world, a survey of parents noted a 90% improvement in the child’s reading skills.
My Five Year Old and Reading Eggs
Up until recently, my five year old, Ali, has shown little interest in learning to read. She LOVES to sit down with books and look through them or being read to, but beyond that she wasn’t interested.
Her interest has suddenly been sparked and Reading Eggs is working out perfectly for her pace. I skipped the placement test for her and started her out right at level one. In the past month she has progressed to level 9, learning 19 phonics skills and three sight words. Even better than that, she has been running around the house trying to read and has mastered a few words such as mom by sounding out the letters, yay!
I love that I can preview her next lesson in the Lesson Overview section, so that I can plan activities and books for her that coincide with them and the fact that there are free Activity Sheets to print out. I’m not a big fan of busy work, but it is nice to have something on hand when your little one has “school work” like her brother and sister.
When supplemented with good books and hands on activities offline, I can see Reading Eggs working well, for most children*, as solid way to learn to read.
How to Sign-Up for Reading Eggs
Reading Eggs offers parents the option to sign-up for a risk free, no credit card required free trial. After your free trial the cost is $49.95 for a 6-month subscription or $69 for a 1-year subscription. Plus, if you add more children at the same time, you will receive 50% off their subscription price.
For a limited time, Reading Eggs is offering a 5 WEEK TRIAL to go along with the Read-To-Cure Challenge. Simply click the pretty sign-up graphic to your right to claim yours and try out Reading Eggs with your Child.
What is the Read-To-Cure Challenge?
A challenge for kids to complete lessons and read books in Reading Eggs to raise money for The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) from February 3 to March 7, 2014.
To participate, you simply need to sign-up for the free 5-week trial of Reading Eggs. Log-in and set up your child’s account. Once in your dashboard, click the button on the left hand side bar that prompts you to join the challenge. You will then set up your child’s personal fundraising page.
Reach out to family and friends to sponsor your child’s reading challenge and every donation made will go directly to the NCCS. Plus, **Reading Eggs has a goal to raise 25,000 and match every donation made.
Even bigger bonus for your kiddo, there are prizes to be won for the top three children who read the most books and the top three children who raise the most funds. Check them out!
My older two will be starting up with Reading Eggspress again for some extra comprehension work and to participate in this challenge for great cause. I hope you will give Reading Eggs a try too and take advantage of the extended free trial.
*My eight year old daughter does not focus well when working with online curriculums or programs and needs a tactile approach. I don’t feel like she would get the full benefit of a program like Reading Eggs. You should always keep your child’s learning style in mind when deciding.
**NCCS will earn a minimum of $25,000 from Reading Eggs plus 100% of the donations collected by RTCC participants