Sunday, July 21, 2013

Reading Kingdom Review






Reading Kingdom is described on their website as an award-winning online program that teaches children 4-10 to read and write to a 3rd grade level. The program is based on the work of Dr. Marion Blank from Columbia University, one of the world's top experts on reading and language development. It uses her patented and research based "6-SIM" (Six Skill Integrated Method) technique that yields incredible results. Mr. O and Mr. R both signed up to use the program.

Reading Kingdom starts with as assessment to determine the appropriate level for each student. It instructs the parents to not help with the assessment so it gives an accurate level placement. Mr. R took it first and seemed to be able to complete it without any problem after I disabled the right click ability on the mouse. It started him on Seeing Sequences (which teaches visual sequencing skills) and Letter Land (which teaches keyboarding skills). I agree this is the level he needs to be learning. Mr. O took it next and I felt that the assessment took a bit longer for him to finish and he was starting to get tired. He was placed in the Reading/Writing Level 1. I think this is a little under where he needed to be, it seems to be a repetition of what he already knows.

It is recommended that each student spend 4 days a week on the program to see the benefits. This was no problem for Mr. O and Mr. R. They would ask almost every day to do their Reading Kingdom. They like how it shows their progresss after each session. I like that the graphics are fun and age appropriate. Here are a couple of examples from the program.







One of the features that I like is the ability to switch between an on screen and physical keyboard. They also have an option to use Reading Kingdom on an iPad. The one improvement I would like to see is an increased speed when going from page to page, some of them felt like they took a long time to load which can lead to frustrated kids. So far they each completed the level that they started on. I've certainly seen an improvement in Mr. R's reading ability. Overall I think it is a great addition to their reading education.

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1 comment:

  1. My daughter is exiting the teen years in about 30 days so I have no need for the product but it looks very interesting. I see how it can be a great addition to the education process.

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