Have you heard of Reading Kingdom? It is an online program geared for children ages 4 – 10 which helps them learn to read and write to a third grade level. In our review, we worked on the Kindergarten level.
The first thing you do is have your child take a “skill survey” which will figure out where the program will put your child. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you do NOT help your child during this part. If you do, the program will put them in the wrong area for where they are in the learning process.
Once our level was chosen we were taken to the program to work on the assignments. The program picks where you start and where you go. At no point can you, as the parent/teacher, change that. [However, you can contact them to have THEM change something.] Each lesson is about 5 minutes in length and my 5-1/2 year old son normally did two at a time.
Each word starts with the student being asked to type the word. This is how the system finds out what they know (or don’t know in our case). [Note: you can set it up to have the student “type” on the monitor or using the actual keyboard, I chose the monitor as it was too difficult / time consuming (as time matters in this!) for him to try and look down and find the letters.]
Once it saw that my son didn’t know how to spell the word, it showed him the word and had him pick it many times with one or two other words. It did this with both as singular and plural.
Once they finish that, they are asked to type it again, many times.
Then it has them pick which one is the correct word with one to three letters missing. Once the correct one is chosen, they are asked to type the missing letters.
The below picture is the same as above, just a different screen shot. Just showing the different colorful screens they use. Definitely part of the fun of this program!
Directly from RK:
Length of time to complete: Typically one new word or one new book is offered in a session. As children become more proficient, they are taught two new words per session. Assuming 4 to 5 sessions a week, each level takes approximately 10-15 weeks to complete. A child does not have to do all the levels. Based on the Skills Survey, he or she enters at the level that is appropriate to the skills he or she already possesses. In addition, prior to teaching a word, the program determines if a child already knows that word, and if so, the program skips that word and moves on to the next word.
I REALLY liked the below part a lot. Once they are done with the above and it seems they know they word quite well, they are given several sentences to find the word – IN ORDER. I really appreciated this for helping me to work with my son on reading left to right.
Once all the words for a particular level have been completed, the student gets to read a very short book.
Again, the below screen shot was done specifically to show you some of the humor that is used. Can you see that the one boy is doing “bunny fingers” to the head of the boy in front of him? Just cute funny things for the kids to laugh at.
So as not to feel left out…here is a screen shot of the report the parent can look at to see where the student is in the program. (Sorry this pic is so small!) The legend is at the bottom and the status for each area is along the right.
More taken directly from Reading Kingdom:
The reading and writing formats of the Reading Kingdom program are divided into 5 levels with 6 books at each level (for a total of 30 books). Prior to reading a book a child is taught all the words of that book using 4 different teaching formats. In this way, once a child reaches a book, they can already read and understand the meaning of all the words in that book. As the levels progress, the words and books become more complex and a format that reinforces reading comprehension is added as well.
Goal: This portion of the program teaches the skills of reading, writing and comprehension, starting with short, simple words and phrases and moving on to increasingly complex language.
Many words are taught with multiple variants. For instance, a word like “park” will be taught along with “parks,” “parking,” and “parked.” Consequently, the total number of words taught in the program is considerably higher than the number of new words alone.
Each word is taught through a series of 4 fun and game-like formats that take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The word teaching formats have been scientifically designed to teach all the components in reading and writing including word recognition, spelling, comprehension and sentence construction.
Level 1 starts with simple words and phrases such as “a kid” and “Here are some toys”.
Overall we liked this program (even though I did find it frustrating that we could never move forward faster nor skip parts). I did see improvement in my son’s attention as well as his learning letters and words. We have enjoyed this program and plan to continue using it!
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Here’s praying you have fun learning!