Reading Kingdom Review: “If traditional methods don’t seem to be working for your student, I absolutely recommend giving Reading Kingdom a try.”
When I began my master’s program about 15 years ago, I remember being exposed to the heated debate surrounding the most effective teaching method in reading. Some championed phonics, others were devoted to whole-language approaches. At the time, I really didn’t understand why a combination of many methods wasn’t a major part of the discussion. Now that miss Z is learning to read, I can confirm that both her and her brother learn very differently. J instinctively understood phonics and readily picked up on various rules. Miss Z has struggled a little more with phonics and needed more interaction than just reading on a page. This latest review from Reading Kingdom has given me a deeper appreciation for their differing needs in developing reading skills.
Reading Kingdom is an online subscription K-3 Reading Program that was developed by Dr. Marion Blank, a literacy expert. Instead of just focusing on phonics or whole-language methods, Reading Kingdom incorporates 6 skills (Sequencing, Motor Skills, Sounds, Meaning, Grammar, & Comprehension) to provide a full reading and writing education. It also provides an extensive reporting feature that keeps you up to date with each student’s progress. One of the things that sets Reading Kingdom apart is it’s focus on meaning and real world exposure to reading through immersion rather than grouping words together simply based on sound or category. In this way, the program works to incorporate elements of writing in with the reading sometimes far sooner than other methods.
If traditional methods don’t seem to be working for your student, I absolutely recommend giving Reading Kingdom a try. This research-based program at its core seems to be looking for your child’s gaps in order to fill them in.
– Amy Butler