We recently had the opportunity to review an online interactive reading program. We've used several online reading programs in the past with just "eh" results but we've been using Reading Kingdom for over a month now and I must say, I'm optimistic about the results...
What Is Reading Kingdom?
Reading Kingdom is a cumulative reading program that progresses according to your child's responses over the course of several lessons. Where phonics only covers sounds, Reading Kingdom takes a much more involved approach. It covers 6 different skills that help to optimize and streamline a students ability to read and write. The 6 skills that are covered are sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar, and comprehension.
Students take an initial placement test to see where they would best fit into the program. The test (and the lessons) can get a little lengthy but it's necessary for the most beneficial placement.
From the parent dashboard, you can access all of the most pertinent info. It gives you the stats for each student. This includes their subscription status (and when it expires,) when the program was last used, how many days per week the program has been used, their current reading/writing level, their % of completion for said level, and their performance level.
It's suggested that students use Reading Kingdom at least 4 days per week. My girls both use the program an average of 3.5 days a week and complete 2 lessons each time.
My 8-year-old tested into reading/writing level 4. As I mentioned above, she's been using the program an average of 3.5 days and she's doing very well. She does seem to breeze through the lessons pretty quickly and she noted that she was bored with many of them. I don't know if she just wasn't feeling challenged enough or what. But we decided to stick with the level she tested into instead of skipping ahead...I'm trying to show her that going back and reviewing information can, in fact, be beneficial =)
One thing that I like about Reading Kingdom is that it tracks progress more efficiently than any other program we've used. I can access their scores easily and check to see how they did on individual lessons. This helps me to know areas that need to be reviewed or lessons that need to be replayed.
Another great feature is the progress reports sent to parents by email. I have received a few emails about my 5-year-old's progress. Reading Kingdom was informing me that she may be having difficulty completing the lessons and suggested sitting in on the next few lessons to determine what she's struggling with. The program emphasizes not helping the student as it's crucial to determine real progress and, therefore, advancing at the proper time.
My "soon-to-be" Kindergartener tested in reading/writing level 1. She's also been using the program an average of 3.5 days per week. While it says her performance needs attention, I have noticed a marked improvement in her letter recognition and her ability to write and type out letters. She was only able to identify a few letters and sounds prior to starting the program. I'm learning that she's a visual learner, while my 8-year-old is more kinesthetic.
This is a big reason why I think Reading Kingdom is benefiting my 5-year-old the most. She did struggle a bit in the beginning because the allotted time for her to respond to the questions was so short. But once I adjusted the program speed and response time, She had more time to answer and started to improve. She even decided she wanted to use the physical keyboard (like her sister) instead of the on-screen keyboard! Since her letter recognition has improved, her typing ability and speed has increased drastically as well.
Here I was able to access individual books that have been covered so far. While she did complete many of them, the icon indicates that she may need help in those particular areas. The key at the bottom is very helpful and makes checking progress a breeze.
Here's her progress broken down by words that were covered in Book 1. I love that I can access which words she did really well with and which words she struggles with. This is super helpful for me when it comes to planning out future lessons and reviews.
Until next time, Be encouraged!
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Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!