We had been using Reading Eggs products off and on for my kids for many years. In fact, I think the first time we used it was when my oldest was 4 or 5 and we tried a free 4 week trial of the online Reading Eggs program, which they still offer! Last year, the company released workbooks that can be used in conjunction with the online program or as a standalone resource. We recently received a review copy of 200 Essential Reading Skills for Second Grade for my 7 year old.
He was happy to review this, because he had a great experience last year with their new Mathseeds workbook. Just as with that workbook, you can use the online lessons alongside the workbook lessons if you want. I think it works well together, because I have found that my son does well on workbook activities, but he is very concerned with his penmanship. To really get the depth of the information, he does great to couple it with some online learning to drive the points home. Extra practice is always great at this age!
Charlie and I began this workbook at the beginning. Each week and day of that week (example: Week 4 Day 3) are labeled at the top of the page, so you always know where you’re at in the program.
I’ve taken a picture of the included Yearly Planner so you can see what all is covered in this workbook throughout the year.
As you can see, it does cover a very broad range of information that is perfect for their grade level! The illustrations in the book and familiar words that they use for the lesson spelling words and stories make it easy for them to understand.
Each week is very structured. On the first day of the week, there is a comprehension lesson. The second day of the week has another comprehension lesson that goes more into depth. Day 3 during the week, students will learn a spelling rule or pattern and complete activities to reinforce it. Day 4 uses the spelling words from the day before and students get more of a challenge with them. Finally, Day 5 is all about grammar and will explain and quiz the kids on what they’ve just learned.
After every 9 weeks of work, there is a review. It goes over everything they’ve learned in the previous 9 weeks, in all areas (Spelling, Grammar, Comprehension) so that you know your child has a good grasp on the information. These reviews are 4-6 pages long and require a little less writing per page, so a child that is not daunted by that could probably do it in one day, but when we get there, I plan on having my son complete the review over the course of at least 2 days so he’ll stay engaged for me. He has a tendency to get overwhelmed with more than a few pages of work at a time for language arts.
The workbook is softcover and has an answer key in the back. It is a total of 218 pages, with most lessons covering just one page, but some are 2 pages long. At the end of the workbook, there is a certificate of completion that you can present to your child.
We have always used the regular Reading Eggs program with Charlie, but now that is is in 2nd grade, I believe it is time to move him up to the Reading Eggspress program! Even after completing the workbook in about 10-15 minutes each day, he still enjoys reading and learning more. Now that we’ve eased into the school year over the past few weeks, I think he’ll enjoy getting some more online learning time with Reading Eggspress.
With the online subscription, students also get access to a library of over 2,000 books. It’s a nice way to give your children a safe space on the web.
Our family loves this family of products, and I’m so excited that I still have a younger child to bring up on Reading Eggs and Mathseeds! Now that the workbooks are available, we can enrich their education even more using familiar characters and graphics online and in print. I’m very happy with all of the available materials.
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