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Sunday, February 26, 2012

TOS Review: Reading Eggs

A few months ago, there was a new vendor added to the upcoming vendor list for the TOS Crew.  I always like to check out the websites from the different vendors to see what kind of homeschooling products they have to offer.  I was visiting the Reading Eggs website when my 6 year old came up behind me and said, "Cool!  Can we review that?"  All it took to capture his interest was a couple of minutes visiting the website.  I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the reviewers for Reading Eggs and am happy to say Anthony has been very happy with his job as my product reviewer.

Reading Eggs is a unique online world where children ages 4-8 learn to read using interactive animation, fun games, songs, and rewards.  Each lesson builds on the one before and teaches the 5 skills necessary to become a good reader: phonemic awareness and phonics, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  There are three levels with 40 lessons each level: level one for absolute beginning readers, level 2 for emerging readers, and level 3 for building confidence for early readers. An assessment test ensures that your child will be placed at the correct level. Children are able to progress at their own rate.  Parents are able to see their child's progress quickly and easily through their dashboard.  After 10 lessons are completed, the child takes a quiz in order to go on to the next set of lessons.  If they do not pass the quiz, they go back and review the previous lessons.  Parents are sent an email report of how well their child did on the quiz.

Screen shot of assessment quiz
Screen shot of reading eggs map
Reading Eggs is a program that can grow with your child.  In addition to Reading Eggs for ages 4-8, they also offer an area for children ages 7-13 called Reading Eggspress.  Reading Eggspress is packed full of over 600 factual and fiction books for 24/7 online reading and games for the older child to continue developing their reading skills. 

You can view a sample lesson of Reading Eggs by clicking here.

You can sign up for a free 14 day trial by clicking here (no credit card required for sign up.)

A monthly subscription is $9.95 per month.  A 6 month subscription is $49.95 and a 12 month subscription is $75.00.  They also offer book packs to go along with the Reading Eggs online program.  Click here for more information. 

Anthony loves "playing Reading Eggs!"  In fact, he asks to play it every day. The first day he was on it, I had to sit with him to make sure he knew how to do everything, and after that day he has played it all on his own.  I love that it is so easy to use and nothing had to be downloaded to my computer.  There are NO ads on the site (hooray for that!)  Even with our less than speedy internet, the games load very quickly.  So quickly in fact that Anthony's one complaint about Reading Eggs is that he doesn't get time to play the little games that come up when the next topic is loading because it loads so fast.  We have never had trouble with the site freezing or any other technical difficulties. 

There is a lot of variety in the different activities that the children play.  It is not the same activities for every letter so your child will not get bored.  Anthony's favorites include: spinning the word wheel, hopping frogs across the lily pads, putting pets in the correct cages, and letter tiles.  Anthony loves seeing how many golden eggs he has gathered after doing each activity.  At the end of each level is a book that your child can choose to read himself or have the computer read to him.

I think Reading Eggs would be a fun supplement to any reading program.

To see what other crew mates had to say click here.

I received a complimentary two month subscription to Reading Eggs for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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