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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Reading Kingdom ~ a TOS review

Reading Kingdom Review

Having a solid foundation in reading is very important right from the start. For the last few weeks Montana and McKenzie have been plugging away at an online reading program called Reading Kingdom Online from Reading Kingdom.

The Reading Kingdom program was created by Dr. Marion Blank, world renowned reading expert and Director of the Light on Learning Program at Columbia University. Using the program she created can teach your children, aged 4 to 10, to read and write to a third grade level in a fun and exciting way.

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:

~ Sequencing

~ Writing

~ Sounds

~ Meaning

~ Grammar

~Comprehension

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With easy-to-use and interactive components, the program offers a customized online reading instruction for your child. During the whole process, the program targets your child's weaknesses while also keeping them confident in their strengths.

Reading Kingdom is easy to start, no need to download anything. Just log on to the website and start reading! McKenzie started with the assessment and 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. She has now progressed to Reading/Writing Level 1 and enjoys it quite a bit. 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.

Reading Kingdom Review

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” and will ask to do that before doing her workbook work. Montana is not a beginning reader, however,  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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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 (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.

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Overall, I love the concept of Reading Kingdom!  McKenzie has a different learning style than Montana and is using this program has been great for her! 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 both girls reading abilities! The exposure to seeing new words is a great plus too!

Be sure to click the banner below and see what my Crewmates thought of this program and the other one being review, ASD Reading.

Reading Kingdom Review

Company ~ Reading Kingdom

Product ~ Reading Kingdom Online

Price ~ $19.99 per month

Ages ~ 4 to 10 year olds

Format ~ online

Reading Kingdom Review

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