Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Review: Reading Eggs

Over the past few weeks we have been reviewing an online literacy world called Reading Eggs for children aged 3-7.  

Whilst this program was aimed at teaching Meg the essentials of reading I've actually learned a lot too.  Namely, how amazing it is that children can go from not being able to do something to having it cracked after just a couple of hours!  Watching Meg struggle to use our computer mouse and clicking all the wrong buttons was quite frustrating for me but literally by the end of the first lesson she had grasped it.  I was so surprised!

Reading Eggs is an online program which has been developed to support children in their reading journeys.  Each level or stage has interactive games, animations, songs and rewards in the form of golden eggs.

Meg's favourite bit by far was the songs.  She lived to make Sam the ant sing and was so pleased with herself when she achieved it!

You unlock each level after completion of the previous one and there is also a sidebar with different interactive places you can visit which become unlocked as you progress up the lessons.

I thought that Meg would take a while to work her way through it and when we've had a break we have gone back over the previous lessons as she sometimes needs a bit of extra prompting but I am really proud at how quickly she has picked some of it up.

There are 120 learn to read lessons along with 96 spelling lessons so there is a lot there for little people to explore and learn!


I think it's a great way to introduce reading to children and to make it fun as it mixes something children love (playing on the computer) with something practical and educational.

And the best part is that (as you can see from the photo above) Eli is keen to have a turn too.  Even though he is way too young he tries to mimic the sounds and is always keen to cheer her along when she gets it right too :)

The only part I wasn't keen on was the response given when a child gets something wrong.  For example in one part of the lesson Meg had to select the image which contained the word "am" - to do this she was shown a picture of a ram and a spoon.  If she incorrectly selected spoon then the animated ant said "no" and it moved on to the next set of pictures rather than giving her the opportunity to 'try again'.  I don't know if this method has been researched but I found it strange that she wasn't given the chance to have another go.  Perhaps it's to bypass the situation where a child is continually getting the same thing wrong and can't move forward but to me it was unexpected.  Usually with these things they are given the opportunity to try it again thereby learning from the original error (or so I thought!)

Having said that, Meg didn't seem at all bothered and hasn't mentioned it so it's obviously not stuck with her.  Perhaps it's just an example of my expectation overshadowing her otherwise happy experience!

All in all we have really enjoyed using it and I would definitely recommend parents at least signing up for the free 2 week trial and letting your child have a go.  I think you will be surprised at how much they learn, and how much you come to like it!  For parents with older children (7+) there is Reading Eggspress which consists of 200 comprehension lessons and a library of over 1000 e-books.

Meg has continually asked to play it (although we have tried to keep it to one lesson a day) and doesn't seem 'bored' by the experience so it must be ticking all the right boxes for her!

If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, Reading Eggs have kindly offered an extended trial to all my readers so you can now try it out for 5 weeks rather than 2.  Simply enter the code: UKB24MBT after registration...and enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Looks really interesting.

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on reading - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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  2. Im glad to hear this is such a fun site. I will be signing my 5yr old up soon. I did just sign him up for abcmouse.com also and got a free one month trial. I hope by the time kindergarten comes around he will be caught up with the children who have had the chance to attend pre k. Thanks for the code.

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