Reading Kingdom is an online leran-to-read program that is aimed at children age 4 years old and on up. When first beginning there is a skills survey that assesses the child’s visual sequencing skills and also their keyboarding skills. If there is work that is needed to be done in either area then the program addresses those areas first and then the child will take the second half of the skills survey so that the program can determine in which level they need to be placed.
This is a difficult program to review because I still feel like I don’t quite have a handle on the way it works. My daughter has been using the computer on her own for some time now and can generally find the letters on the keyboard fairly fast. However, the first part of the skills survey indicated that she needed more work with the keyboard before moving on. And here is my first complaint with the program: their uppercase “I” looks exactly like a lowercase “l”. My daughter spent a few sessions going over keyboarding skills and was then presented with the second half of the skills survey.
Currently, my daughter is reading on about a 2nd-3rd grade reading level (she loves the Henry and Mudge books and Frog and Toad books), yet she placed in the first level of Reading Kingdom. When she began the work in the level the first words were “some” and “girl” which I don’t generally think of as being easy words. Additionally when I read sample sentences from the highest level (One of the things in the sky is the moon. The moon does not look the same all the time.) they were sentences that my daughter was able to read. She would probably have difficulty spelling a few of those words though and perhaps that is why she placed at the lowest level.
According to Reading Kingdom:
“Each word is taught through a series of 4 fun and game-like formats that take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The word teaching formats have been scientifically designed to teach all the components in reading and writing including word recognition, spelling, comprehension and sentence construction.”
In addition, each level is purported to take 10-15 weeks to master if the child is doing one session a day, 5 sessions per week. The program is also supposed to assess if the child already knows the word prior to teaching it, and, if so, it should skip it and move on to the next.
The lessons so far seem to be very repetitive to the point that my daughter wanted to click on the wrong answer just to see what would happen. There is a large emphasis placed on spelling so if your child is not yet ready for spelling then you may want to rethink this program.
With all of that being said, my daughter does profess to enjoy the program and will ask for it every now and again. I think that I wouldn’t feel comfortable using this program on its own to teach reading, but as a supplement it is fine. They do have a 30-day free trial that you can take advantage of to see if it will be a good fit for your family.
Price: $19.99/month or $199.99/year