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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reading Kingdom ~ a TOS review

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For the last few weeks Montana, McKenzie and I  have been plugging away at Reading Kingdom, a fairly new online reading program. Created by Dr. Marion Blank, world renowned reading expert and Director of the Light on Learning Program at Columbia University.

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The Reading Kingdom program is designed to teach children ages 4-10 how to read and write to a third grade level. With interactive and easy-to-use components the program offers a customized online reading instruction for your child.  The program starts by having your child take the Reading Skills Survey which  customizes the program and places your child in just the right spot for their reading level. Instead of your child having to  learn numerous complicated rules Reading Kingdom utilizes the six skills method for reading, which include: sequencing, motor skills, phonemic awareness, meaning, grammar, and reading comprehension. This process targets your child's weaknesses while also keeping them confident in their strengths.

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Reading Kingdom is easy to start, no need to download anything just log on to the website. I started out McKenzie with the assessment. While it was a long process because she is not that familiar with the keyboard arrangement she was overly excited to continue through each step. The assessment suggested that McKenzie start at the Sequence / Letter Land. She had no complaints and often wants to be learning. Montana, who has been through the program before picked up where she left off. She has had only a few trouble areas but I have been able to remedy those quickly.

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McKenzie is my beginner reader and I will say that Letter Land is quite repetitive, however, McKenzie needs and loves the repetitiveness of the program.  She loves playing her “owl game”. While Montana is not a beginning reader she still has a few weak areas that I am trying to shore up and Reading Kingdom helps me do just that!

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Overall, I love the concept of Reading Kingdom! Last year for our family it was a bit of a struggle for Montana to handle such repetitiveness and slowness of the initial assessment which seemed more of a typing program than a reading program. But now that McKenzie is using it and has a totally different learning style I totally understand the method they are trying to achieve. Do look into giving it a try for your family, what works for one child may not always work for another. Will Montana & McKenzie  continue using Reading Kingdom? Yes, like I said before I enjoy the concept of the program and have seen great improvement in Montana’s daily reading and in McKenzie’s overall letter recognition! The exposure to seeing new words is a great plus too!

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If you want to try Reading Kingdom out for your family, you can sign up for 30 Day Free Trial. After the trial period has ended and you would like to continue, a subscription costs $19.99/month (with no monthly minimum), or $199.99 per year (20% off)(A year membership reflects 20% off the price). Additional children on your account get 50% off ($9.99/month or $99.99/year) and you can cancel your subscriptions at any time. In addition, because Reading Kingdom is so passionate about everyone getting to enjoy the joy of reading there is a scholarship program available for those who qualify. Be sure to click the banner below and see what my Crewmates thought of the program.

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Price ~ $19.99/month (with no monthly minimum), or $199.99 per year (20% off)(A year membership reflects 20% off the price). Additional children on your account get 50% off ($9.99/month or $99.99/year)

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