We have been working with the online reading program called the Reading Kingdom every day this week. The program is designed to be used with children from the ages of four and up. JDaniel is only two and half, but he met the criteria the program has for getting started. The program starts with mouse and keyboard training. JDaniel isn’t great with mouse. The program shows you how to hold your hand over your child’s hand to help them click. They call it handholding. The keyboard is was a whole another kettle of fish I will tell you about later. JDaniel really loved listening to the program say a word and clicking on the picture of it. He knows all his letters so saying the letters with the computer wasn’t hard. We moved from the mouse training to the Skills Survey Part One. If he had struggled with an area, the program would have customized to work on the challenging areas. JDaniel has been doing well. He has gotten one wrong so far. He would love to work on two sessions at a time. The program doesn’t allow us to do that. It is set for a certain amount of time. You can go back and work on it later on the same day. I like that neither he nor I overdo it. You can go back later if you would like to work on it again later in the day.
The animation is not busy and or complicated. It looks a little retro 80’s or 90’s. JDaniel loves having the thumbs up or praise from animals that come up when he gets an answer correct.
I love that this program gives me the choice of two ways to work with him at the beginning of the program. I can continue to work with JDaniel or let the program know he has learned the keyboard skills and is ready to move on. Older children would move quickly through this section of the program. JDaniel doesn’t know where the letters are on the keyboard yet. He is also having a little trouble finding the capital letters on the keyboard while seeing the lower case letter on the screen. So far I have been having him tell me the letter and telling him where to look for it on the keyboard.
As a parent I like that this program has a forum, tutorials, and videos to help guide me through it. Reading Kingdom goes out of their way to support both children and parents.
If you are looking for an online reading program, this is worth checking out. They are covering so many areas of reading. I have placed their skills chart below for you to look at.
Would you like to try it out? Reading Kingdom is offering the winner of this giveaway a full year subscription worth $199.99.
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