Friday, March 2, 2012
Have you heard of Reading Eggs? It's an educational website where children can learn to read or improve their reading skills in a an animated world. Reading Eggs has the familiar set-up of many websites, where the user selects an avatar, has a house to decorate, can buy virtual items in a shop, and travel around in the make-believe world. What's different from a regular gaming site is the 100 lessons aimed at helping children "become great readers!". The website specifically says it is geared toward 4-7 year old beginning readers, and 6-8 year olds who read but need some practice. I think the site could easily be used with slightly older children who still need help, and slightly younger children that are ready to start reading would definitely like it, as long as they have the computer skills necessary. In fact, there is a "playroom" for preschoolers, as well as the "Reading Eggspress" for older children to continue practicing their skills.
As your child works through the lessons, they earn "golden eggs", which can be redeemed to play games. They also get a new virtual book and animal to add to their collection. The books contain only words the child has learned so far, and help reinforce the lessons. Print versions are also available, so that your child can practice their new skills anywhere!
Reading Eggs is web-based, and available as a monthly subscription for $9.95, six months for $49.95, or 12 months for $75. The second and third child registered at the same time are half price.
***Note: I was given a one year subscription to Reading Eggs in exchange for my review through TOS Homeschool Crew. All opinions are my own.