Reading Eggs is Fun!

Reading Eggs DashboardReading Eggs is a very engaging program that helps children learn to read and grow in proficiency. There are two different reading levels available for parents to choose from – Reading Eggs (3-7), Reading Eggspress (7-13). They have also developed Reading Eggs apps that span the entire age category (3-13).

Your child is guided through this world by his own personal egg friend.  Once inside, children meet a full cast of characters including singing ants, cats, bees, snails, frogs and more along the way. It’s very colorful with lots of things to do. Let’s start at the beginning.

A Map to Reading Eggs

The children’s dashboard is divided into multiple parts, as you can see from the picture on the right. The top half, where my son’s pumpkin-headed friend is sitting, contains the level the child is and the number of golden eggs he has acquired.

The next sections (green vertical sidebar), called “Go Places” is your child’s launching pad for various learning activities.  The yellow vertical sidebar is where kids find fun activities and games to play. It is also where they get to spend their golden eggs. At the store, kids can buy new avatars, clothing and accessories.  The blue vertical sidebar is where the kids can get help and listen to music. On the right side of the screen is the map to your child’s lessons.

Reading Eggs: Learning Experience

Reading Eggs’ first lessons focus on sight words (words that don’t lend themselves to easy sounding out).  The lessons build upon each other and there are lots of opportunities to review what was learned in the previous lesson. Parents also have the ability to jump from one lesson to another without a problem. For example, my Furryflash (videogame moniker) and I had a long break between lessons. So instead of starting where we left off I went back to earlier lessons to make sure that he hadn’t forgotten too much.  I’ve worked with some programs that force you to move forward regardless of what I wanted to work on with the kids. There are lots of games and songs to keep a child’s interest in between spelling, phonics work and reading short books at the end.

My son’s favorite spot in the My Stuff section is Reggie’s Shop where he gets to spend his golden eggs. His little avatar has had many incarnations over the past few months.  My favorite section is the Story Factory. Kids get to write books that other Eggsplorers read and rate the stories for prizes.

My Experience with Reading Eggs

Mr. Furryflash enjoyed the early Reading Eggs exercises a lot. As a matter of fact I had to ban him from the site because he was obsessed with collecting Golden Eggs and advancing to see who he would meet next on his reading journey. That is until we hit the 46th lesson.

For a little background —  Furryflash has some auditory issues and is currently enrolled in speech to help him with pronunciation and issues. In my experience, gleaned from two children with auditory issues, they have highly developed visual skills to compensate. Too many images, graphics, etc. can be very distracting for them.  And that’s what happened to Furryflash.

Reading Eggs was enjoyable for him until the 46th level where he went into overload. Reading Eggs has a game that’s similar to Space Invaders. Words are travelling on spaceships and the child is expected to find the target world before it hits the barrier.  The combination of the decoy ships, the real ship, the sound effects and voices proved to be too much for him. After a few minutes of trying to find the target world he was yelling at the game and crying because it wouldn’t be quiet. He hasn’t been back to the site since because he “doesn’t like it.”

So for now we’re concentrating on reading simple books and working on blending, which he has difficulty with, the old-fashioned way. He’s retained much of what he learned in first 45 lessons, so Reading Eggs was good while it lasted. And maybe a few weeks down the road we will go back and visit his Reading Eggs friends and see how they’re doing.

Overall, I do like what Reading Eggs has created, but for a child with any type of learning difference it can be overwhelming and frustrating.

Reading Eggspress

My older daughters did a three-month trial with the older setting and enjoyed it while it lasted. My older child is a voracious reader, so she whizzed through the exercises and spent most of her time on the mini-games and shopping. My middle daughter, Skittymom, liked it, but not enough for her to request that I get a personal subscription for her. I think the spelling (which was a challenge at the time) frustrated her.  Skittymom is a solid reader, but is not a quick one. The timed reading annoyed her a bit, although she got through it without too much difficulty. It made reading a pressurized activity instead of a pleasure.

Overall, I think this is a solid program, as long as you  keep in mind that no reading program is 100% perfect. My one complaint with the program is that it seems to reward speed. Everyone is not a fast reader, even as a proficient adult. So to have timed reading sections seems like a good way to frustrate kids. This program has a lot to offer, but children will benefit even more with a traditional teaching of reading. Nothing beats sitting down with your little one with a beginning book and helping them work through the sounding out process.

Dollar Homeschool/Ray’s Arithmetic

Ray's Arithmetic Series from Pre-School to CollegeYou need to drop by your local Dollar Homeschool store and pick up this handy little CD, Ray’s Arithmetic,  that boasts (and delivers) a full mathematics curriculum beginning at the elementary level and finishing up at the college level calculus.  This math curriculum is designed so that children can actually teach themselves what they need to know in order to have a well-rounded education. The thing I like most about this curriculum is that it is truly all-inclusive when it comes to mathematical application.

Although my children are using a different math program that is working for them, after reviewing Ray’s Arithmetic I am incorporating the real world application series into what we are currently using. The texts contained on this CD are textbooks that my aunts and uncles used when they were in school in the early 1900s (my dad was 51 when I was born just in case you were wondering). Their knowledge base on all subjects was much stronger than what I received in school, so I am thrilled to be able to share these books with my children. Practical application is missing from many math textbooks (since nowadays school curriculum is more concerned with teaching to the test rather than teaching for life) which could explain why the general math knowledge is so low in this country.

So, I guess Ray’s Arithmetic is not only a great mathematical training course, but a glimpse into the inner workings of the United States during the 1860s to 1915.  I love two-for-one deals like this. Some of the subjects  that your children will be able to study using Ray’s Arithmetic  include:

  • Complete bookkeeping (that’s the one I’m studying)
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Higher Algebra
  • Practical Arithmetic
  • Analytic Geometry
  • Norton’s Elements of Physics
  • Geometry & Trigonometry
  • Surveying and Navigation
  • Schyuler’s Logic
  • Differential and Integral Calculus

The material contained on this CD is a compilation of 38 text books which includes the teacher’s editions, answer keys, and textbooks. This compilation retails at $59 which is an excellent price for a curriculum that is relevant from elementary to the college years.

Khalid Family Rating: 5 out of 5


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