Over the years, my school-aged children have all had the opportunity to use and help me review the Reading Kingdom program. This online resource is a terrific program for students around ages 4-10 to learn to read. It covers the multiple areas necessary to become a great reader, including grammar, sequencing, comprehension, writing (typing), phonics (sounds), and even word meanings.
Learn to Read with Reading Kingdom
Students begin by logging in and taking a placement test. This places your child in the appropriate area of the program. Then, they can log in and get started on their short lessons each day. They recommend using this 4 days a week, since regular short intervals help keep the information fresh and it sticks in their minds better from session to session.
My 6 year old was very excited about trying this program. He had seen his older brother try Reading Kingdom a few years ago but had been too young to do it himself. I mark it down on our planner for him to complete Reading Kingdom as part of his school work, so he knows that I’m expecting him to get on the computer to complete it. This year, I’ve purchased a lot of highlighters for the kids to mark things off of our paper planner as they finish them, so Charlie has been thrilled to get his green highlighter and mark it off when he’s done.
Each time we use Reading Kingdom, Charlie knows to click on the big owl to continue his lessons where he last left off. As you can see from the picture above, it lets you know where your child is currently at in the program.Charlie is still on Reading/Writing Level 1, but he has been doing a very good job on it as you can see from the little badge they have given him. Charlie likes to be able to see how far he has come in the program with that progress bar!
As a parent, if you want a deeper breakdown of where your child is at, you can click on the different levels or the placement test and it will take you to a more detailed account of what your child has finished within that section and how they have performed.
Here is a little bit more information about the program.
As you can see, this is different from other online reading resources out there. It is colorful and engaging, but uses repetition and explicit instruction as well to make concepts more concrete for students. It approaches the same information in different ways and won’t let your child get left behind. I like that it helps teaching typing skills, as well as spelling from memory. Don’t worry if your child is having a hard time. Reading Kingdom will pop up with ways to assist your child in an encouraging and positive way to help them succeed.
You can purchase this as a monthly subscription or at a discounted annual rate. You can even earn free months! I earn a free month if you sign up using my referral link, so feel free to use that. 😉 They also have a program for children on the autism spectrum, from pre-k through middle school, called ASD Reading.
Both the Reading Kingdom and ASD Reading programs take your kids all the way up to a 3rd grade reading level once they’ve made it through. That’s pretty good, and even better when you think about how much it can help a struggling reader to catch up using the program. Of course, I’ve loved using Reading Kingdom for my early readers to gain the skills needed to really start being able to tackle books and writing prompts. It’s fabulous for either need and could easily be used with any elementary school aged student that needs it to learn to read or just get extra skills practice.
Older students will probably move along quicker than the little guys. The animations and encouragement are fun for anyone in this age group. You can turn audio helps on and off in the settings. I turn it on for my 6 year old, but more proficient students would likely not need that feature.
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