We had the chance to review Reading Kingdom with our daughter who is five years old. Reading Kingdom is recommended for children between the ages 4-10 or levels Preschool through 3rd Grade. It is also ideal for struggling readers or those with special needs. I decided to review it with our daughter because I realized I often choose to review the computer based programs with our 7 year old son, so I wanted to give her the chance to work on the computer as well.
Reading Kingdom is internet based, so you don’t have to download anything from your computer, and your child’s progress is always saved. So if you log-in from a different computer they can still continue from where they were. This is a nice feature for us because sometimes Aurora would be using it from my computer and other times she would be using it on my husband’s computer. She would do one lesson a day four days a week. We used it in addition to our reading curriculum, but it could definitely be used as an independent curriculum as well because it covers everything in detail.
When beginning Reading Kingdom she took a placement test so it would have her start at the most appropriate level for her ability. I love that it customizes the experience for each child because many times they have to start at specific points, which may be too easy or too hard. Because of the placement test, this won’t happen with Reading Kingdom. Aurora did get frustrated with the placement test because she doesn’t like making mistakes, but I explained that the only way it would know where to have her start is to know what was too hard for her. Once she understood that, she felt better about it. Since then she has really enjoyed her experience with Reading Kingdom and looks forward to her lessons each day. In fact, she now looks at the lessons as fun and ends each one feeling proud and is excited to tell us all about it! I love that she now feels encouraged and excited about reading!
Reading Kingdom makes learning fun while addressing important points like reading left to right, which is a challenge for our special learners. Our daughter also has a challenge with short term memory, so the lessons that hide the letters were challenging for her but were addressing a very important issue. She also works better when she’s not under pressure, so Reading Kingdom has been great for her because she doesn’t feel pressured. I do my best to be very relaxed when teaching reading, but the fun computer “game” definitely helps her feel more relaxed. She is actually better able to learn when she feels relaxed, so this has been a tremendous benefit.
Reading Kingdom has numerous benefits, and I’m actually about to have our 7 year old start as well! When you sign up for Reading Kingdom, you receive a 30-day free trial. After that, subscriptions to Reading Kingdom are $19.99/month (with no monthly minimum), or $199.99 per year (20% off). Additional children in your account get 50% off ($9.99/month or $99.99/year). They also offer additional resources and a store with books that complement the lessons.
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