Reading Kingdom Review and Giveaway

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.


Subscriptions to Reading Kingdom are $19.99/month with no monthly minimum, or $199.99 if you purchase a 12 month subscription. Additional children are $9.99 a month. They do offer scholarships.

Would you like to try it out? Reading Kingdom is offering the winner of this giveaway a full year subscription worth $199.99.

How to win:

*Go to Reading Kingdom and tell me something you learn. ( 1 entry)

For additional entries to any or all of the following:

*Share what someone said in their testimonial about the program. (2 entries)

*Tell me one of the nine reasons Reading Kingdom says you should sign up. (2 entries )
*Follow me on Twitter or Networked Blogs (4 entries for each)
*Write a blog post about this giveaway. (3 entries)
*Enter another giveaway I am hosting. ( 1 entry for each giveaway)
*Leave a comment on Mom Loop (A BlogFrog community I am a part of) (1 entry per day)
*Follow me on Twitter. Copy and paste:ReadingKingdomGiveaway @JDaniel4#giveaway (1 entry per day)
*Add my button to your blog. Please leave a link to your site.(3 entries)
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*Leave comment on non-giveaway blog post. (1 entry)
This giveaway begins August 29th and ends September 29th.That is 11 ways to win. The winner will be selected randomly using Random.org.

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Comments

  1. says

    I have learned that your child does not even have to know how to read or even in the first grade yet can still get on the right path to learning faster than other children!

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

  2. Anonymous says

    Reading Kingdom can be used by children with learning disabilities like dyslexia.
    greenlancer at comcast dot net

  3. says

    I like the fact that they don’t have to be able to read before using this program and even children with disabilities can use this and learn . This would be great for my son.

  4. says

    I learned there are some dedicated professionals behind the program, including Dr. Marion Blank, who was the director of the A Light on Literacy program at Columbia.
    cbeargie at yahoo.com

  5. says

    Colleen D.’s testimonial speaks to me since we share the same name, and we’re starting homeschooling. She says, “In very little time my son became a strong confident reader.”

  6. says

    I learned it was created by Dr. Marion Blank, an award-winning psychologist from Columbia University and a world-renowned authority on how children learn to read. Looks great.

  7. says

    It places a major emphasis on accurate spelling and accurate writing, including correct
    punctuation, so children attain proficiency in reading’s sister skill – writing.

  8. says

    Join a community of successful, happy people. Thousands of kids and ex-kids have used this program (in its previous offline form) to learn how to read and they RAVE about it. So do their parents and teachers. And we’re committed to fostering a vibrant community of parents and educators whose children are using the program right now and want tips, advice, and mutual support.

  9. says

    They say that this program helps kids keep from being easily frustrated. I would hope that this would help Ryan, as he gets easily frustrated when he doesn’t get things right.

  10. says

    “At the end of first grade, Emily, our 7-year old daughter, was placed in a special education class and we were told to have low expectations of her ability. Within three months of starting this reading program, Emily made her first real progress in reading and writing. Her confidence soared and she actively participated in class activities.”

  11. says

    It’s kid customized. Unlike any other program, the Reading Kingdom customizes itself to your child so they don’t become frustrated with material that is too advanced for them or bored with material they already know.

    #1

  12. says

    It’s kid customized. Unlike any other program, the Reading Kingdom customizes itself to your child so they don’t become frustrated with material that is too advanced for them or bored with material they already know.

    #2

  13. says

    Well I have learned that your child does not even have to know how to read or even in the first grade yet can still get on the right path to learning faster than other children.

  14. says

    #1 Maria Saia said, “We were told that our son John was dyslexic and would never be a successful reader. But within 6 months of starting Dr. Blank’s reading program, his reading soared. His teachers and I are amazed. Thank you, Dr. Blank.”

  15. says

    #2 Maria Saia said, “We were told that our son John was dyslexic and would never be a successful reader. But within 6 months of starting Dr. Blank’s reading program, his reading soared. His teachers and I are amazed. Thank you, Dr. Blank.”

  16. says

    #1 Reading Kingdom says you should sign up because you can easily follow your child’s progress with reports that are emailed to you or always available on our website.

  17. says

    #2 Reading Kingdom says you should sign up because you can easily follow your child’s progress with reports that are emailed to you or always available on our website.

  18. says

    I really like their levels and the skills survey idea to start with. I have a prereader and this program sounds very interesting :)
    theyoungns at gmail.com

  19. says

    Testimonial:”From the time he was in preschool, our child, Brian, craved the ability to read, but we were not sure how to teach him. Dr. Blank’s programs showed us the way. Now Brian reads proficiently and prolifically-with full understanding. It has done wonders for his confidence in all areas of his life.”
    – Cristina Sperber, parent

  20. says

    “From the time he was in preschool, our child, Brian, craved the ability to read, but we were not sure how to teach him. Dr. Blank’s programs showed us the way. Now Brian reads proficiently and prolifically-with full understanding. It has done wonders for his confidence in all areas of his life.”
    – Cristina Sperber, parent

  21. says

    Bear in mind that we’re a privately run company and make our money by your subscriptions, so if you can afford to pay, please do so, because your support enables us to continue to develop products and promote literacy.

  22. says

    I learned that The Reading Kingdom is based on a reading system developed by Dr. Marion Blank, an award-winning psychologist from Columbia University and a world-renowned authority on how children learn to read.
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

  23. says

    One of the testimonials by Lynne and Ron Rosario, said that At the end of first grade their 7-year old daughter, was placed in a special education class and were told to have low expectations of her ability. Within three months of starting this reading program, Emily made her first real progress in reading and writing. Her confidence soared and she actively participated in class activities.
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

  24. says

    Extra entry 2 One of the testimonials by Lynne and Ron Rosario, said that At the end of first grade their 7-year old daughter, was placed in a special education class and were told to have low expectations of her ability. Within three months of starting this reading program, Emily made her first real progress in reading and writing. Her confidence soared and she actively participated in class activities.
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

  25. says

    I learned that you can sign up for their free newsletter and get 2 free ebooks for doing so!

    Reading Kingdom looks like a GREAT program that I could truly use for my 5 y/0 Daughter. She is struggling with letters/reading and it breaks my heart. She LOVES going on Daddy’s laptop and learning things… Think this may be something that could work for her.

    Thanks Reading Kingdom and JDaniel4’s Mom for a great giveaway!
    greimanjATcomcastDOTnet

  26. says

    Testimonial entry #1:

    “When our son Alec’s kindergarten teacher alerted us to his difficulties in the classroom, we knew we had to find some help. We started Alec on Dr. Blank’s reading program and have seen wonderful progress. Alec’s first grade teacher has been amazed at his breakthroughs. Dr. Blank’s program has made all the difference.”
    – Alex and Susan Deland, parents

    greimanjATcomcastDOTnet

  27. says

    Testimonial #2:

    “The Reading Kingdom delivers on its promise! My daughter was having trouble with the alphabet in kindergarten. So I started her on Dr. Blank’s reading program, and within a short time, she became a confident reader. Today, she’s among the best in her class!”
    – Stephanie Heine, parent

    greimanjATcomcastDOTnet

  28. says

    One of the 9 Reasons you should sign up, Entry #1:

    Feel good about setting your child up to succeed. Our program is extraordinarily effective and the only one that teaches all six skills essential for reading success. It is success-based, so children never become frustrated, and always feel that they can “do it.”

    greimanjATcomcast.net

  29. says

    Another Reason to sign up, Entry #2:

    You can easily follow your child’s progress with reports that are emailed to you or always available on our website.

    greimanjATcomcast.net

  30. says

    I learned that Cindy Crawford uses Reading Kingdom. It sounds like I great reading program I could use with my kindergarten son. I used to teach 1st grade.

  31. says

    “My daughter was struggling to learn how to read. At the end of first grade she was far behind and losing self confidence. She found success with the Reading Kingdom which has helped her to quickly catch up. The stories really captured her interest and, as she started to read more fluently, she wanted to read more.”
    – Dori Walton, parent

    thransom@gmail.com
    entry 1

  32. says

    “My daughter was struggling to learn how to read. At the end of first grade she was far behind and losing self confidence. She found success with the Reading Kingdom which has helped her to quickly catch up. The stories really captured her interest and, as she started to read more fluently, she wanted to read more.”
    – Dori Walton, parent

    thransom@gmail.com
    entry 2

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