Each week, we’re featuring reviews of moms part of The Old Schoolhouse magazine’s review crew who are using the Reading Kingdom with their children. Click the their names to visit their blogs, and be sure to follow our Reading Kingdom Twitter list featuring some of our homeschooling parents.
“My son practically begs to play his “spelling game” as he calls it. Cute isn’t it he doesn’t even see it as a reading program….This is a great program. It takes your child step by step through the process of learning first how to key in the correct response, and then by teaching one word at a time with repetition. The skills learned are then reviewed to ensure retention. Once your child has mastered the mouse and can find the proper letters on the keyboard look out because they will just take off. You will get a reader report that keeps track of your child’s ability and your child has a cute little owl friend with great visuals to help decipher any unknown words.” Amanda Bowen
“My 4yr. old knew some of her letters, but not all of them before starting this review. She also was used to using a mouse, but did not know how to use the keyboard. When she first started the program, she took a skills inventory test, which placed her at keyboard and mouse training. You might think, “What does keyboard and mouse training have to do with reading?” Well after 2 weeks of doing only that, I wondered too, but then I noticed how well my 4yr. old was starting to navigate around the keyboard! She knew exactly where the letters were and could successfully type short letter combinations (hunt-and-peck style). This program ties in reading, writing and spelling—so it’s necessary to have functional keyboarding skills.” Maureen Spell
“My son, Little Buddy really enjoyed the program over all and I am impressed with how much he has learned, especially since we are not “formally” schooling him this year….For a computer program, which you all know are NOT my favorite, this one is a good one and I would recommend trying it.” Trish Rock
“William loves Reading Kingdom. And I’ve seen that it has made a big difference for him, just in these few weeks we’ve used it. He does it willingly, which is HUGE. He generally wants to do more than a single “session” at a time. (A session is usually 10-15 minutes.)”
“Thomas loves Reading Kingdom. Once he got into the Reading part, he soared. I cannot begin to describe it. He is voluntarily reading a LOT of stuff. Reading captions on the television, volunteering to read his little sister’s birthday cards aloud to her, reading signs, reading ahead in read-alouds. It is stunning.” Debra Brinkman
“Each exercise is a fun game that kept my son interested and wanting to learn more. He is still only on Level 1 (he just got out of Letter Land last week 😉 ), so I can’t share what happens beyond this level. I do know that it won’t be long before he is moving on up through the program as my son is asking to do his Reading Kingdom Lessons every day!” Linda Wasylenko