The adventures of a homeschooling family

Howard and Rachel
Annie, Emma, Sarah, Laura and Adam

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Reading Eggs-a TOS review

     So lately Sarah and Laura have been spending lots of time lately on Reading Eggs.  I know, sounds like something to do with plastic eggs and slips of paper, but it is so much cooler.  As TOS reviewers, we were given a 3 month subscription to the website.  Laura loved watching Sarah, so much that we got her her own account.


   

 Reading Eggs is an online program that teaches kids to read using games, fun lessons and stories.  Each kid gets their own character that they can customize.  They can take a test to determine where to start, or they can start at the beginning. Sarah started at lesson 49 as she could already read basic c-v-c words.  Laura started at the beginning.  The character starts on a map that looks like a game board.
See how fun this is?

     There is a lesson and all sorts of games to play.  As the kids complete lessons, they unlock more games.  Unlike many other sites, the games are all related to reading.  So far, Sarah has Reggie's General Store, Skills Bank, Driving Tests, Puzzle Park and the Arcade.  I may have been playing on Puzzle Park and I rock at it!  He he.  As they play the games, they score eggs, which can be used to purchase accessories for their egg avatars or play games in the Arcade.


     Reading Eggs is geared toward kids 3-7.  If they get past that, there is a section for older kids too!  Its Reading Eggspress, for kids 7-13.  Anne and Emma may have tried it out and may have thought it was fun.  How did they try it out?  Well, there is a free trial available on the site here. Once you try it and your kids are hooked, you can sign up here.  The official pricing is: 
  • 12 months for $75 (add a second or third child at 50% off)
  • 6 months for $49.95 (add a second or third child at 50% off)
  • Monthly for $9.95
There are also bookpacks and flashcards available  for purchase with stickers, mini posters and activity books.  There are 3 different options, available here

Because I am having issues, I can't post groovy screen shots and whatnot.  If you want to see those, or see how other people felt about Reading Eggs, you can go here.

After Sarah is finished with her regular daily reading lesson, she asks to play on Reading Eggs.  In the last two days she has finished two lessons, and has been so excited she has to tell everyone. How awesome is it to have a kid excited about reading?? Way awesome. 

As a homeschool mom with kids of varying ages, a program like this can be a lifesaver.  When Laura wants to "do school" but I am already juggling two kids on two different subjects, being able to have her play on Reading Eggs eases some Mommy-guilt.  I know she is learning and its so much better than having her play mah jong, which I will admit to resorting to at times.  Overall, we give this a definite four thumbs up, two apiece for Laura and Sarah.

*mandatory disclaimer:  I received a subscription to Reading Eggs in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions expressed therein are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way, or told what to say.

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