Reading Kingdom

We've been easing into school for a couple of weeks now.

We had a great break, but the return to a structured schedule and list of daily tasks has been very welcomed.  I thrive off of a busy day.

We are using a couple of programs to learn reading, writing, and grammar.  They are fun and Josie likes them all, but they are book work.  I was excited to try Reading Kingdom since it would toss things up a little bit.

Reading Kingdom is a computer based game that incorporates sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar, and comprehension all into one.

The program had potential, but Josie didn't enjoy it.

The program starts with a skills test that moved really slow.  I think this introduction got her on the wrong foot.  Because she was moping through the skills test, she ended up missing quite a few questions and being placed way below her actual skill level.  There was no way to jump ahead so she had to work through the lower levels.

I kept assuring her that if she could just finish up the lower levels, the game would be very fun.  We worked the program for about 15 minutes a day, a few times a week, and it never moved up.  After a few weeks, I let her stop doing it.

I think the main problem for us was that she was expecting it to be more of a game then a letter drill.  She also doesn't use the computer very much so she had a hard time navigating the keyboard in the amount of time allowed.

If you have a student that enjoys using the computer for lessons, they might really enjoy this.  I've read other reviews that stated once you get past the basic levels and know where the letters are on the keyboard, the program greatly increases fluency and reading skills.

Reading Kingdom subscriptions are $19.99 a month or a full year for $199.99.

I encourage you to read some of the other Crew Members reviews.  This one didn't work for Josie, but everyone has a different opinion.  You can read all of the TOS reviews by clicking here.


Disclaimer:  I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are mine.


kimmer said...

Sounds like you gave it a good try and like you said...it just wasn't for her. Happy learning!!!

Kelsey said...

Oooo, Kollin might enjoy this!! He loves the computer!