Sam is very excited to be starting homeschool this year. To be honest, he’s been in and around the girls for the past 2 years while they have done school so it’s nothing new to him – but it is to me. So just when I think I’m rocking this homeschool thing, I realized I have a preschooler to add into the mix. It’s been only slightly terrifying for me, especially since I’m a huge planner and Sam has his own ideas of how he wants to learn. This shouldn’t be surprising, since when Sophie started school we did lessons with Thomas the Tank Engine for the first year and with Bella it was all Abby Cadabby for 9 months. The issue is that I haven’t yet found the key to keeping Sam’s interest.
Of course, preschool is all about numbers and letters and colors and having fun – but he knows his colors and letters and can count to 72. Plus he can sing Latin and recite our Classical Conversations History work, all things that my girls weren’t doing at age 4. Can you see why I’m having a tad bit of trouble? We have a shelf of his school supplies (more about that later) but I’ve been looking for an online reading program for him, simply because he loves using the educational apps on his Kindle Fire and I thought it might be fun for him. We decided to try out Reading Eggs and see if it would work for him.
Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time and received a three month trial of this program in return for this review. All thoughts and photos are my own.
If you aren’t familiar with Reading Eggs, it is the multi-award winning online reading program for children aged 3–13. With hundreds of reading lessons, thousands of interactive activities and over 2500 e-books, the program provides a safe online learning environment where children build essential early literacy skills while having fun.
Reading Eggs is designed to progress at the child’s pace, with an understanding that every child learns differently. With an easy to use parent dashboard, the program allows parents to track their child’s progress and access detailed reports on how many lessons they have completed, books they have read, their estimated reading age, and quiz scores.
They have also just launched Reading Eggs Junior, a brand new online learning program where toddlers aged 2-4 take their first steps in learning to read.
Our Online Reading Experience
Sounds good, right? I sat Sam down in front of the laptop and he got all sorts of excited since I never let him touch my laptop. I logged into Reading Eggs Junior and we were ready to go – and he lost interest in about 4 minutes before completing the first lesson. Instead of forcing him to complete the lesson we moved on, and that seemed to work well. He still uses Reading Eggs in smaller increments, but since that works for him I’m going with it. It might take us a little longer to complete some levels, but that’s okay!
He’s still doing Reading Egg lessons daily though, and doesn’t even know it! One of the options on the parent dashboard is the ability to print out corresponding worksheets for your child to practice offline. He LOVES them. Seriously. I actually started laminating them because he would do one and then want to do it all over again. I went back and printed off the next 6 lessons and that’s what he works on during his school time – and he has a ball.
My Online Reading Thoughts:
I think there might be a few factors why Sam is only using Reading Eggs in a short time during our school time, but loves the offline worksheets and does them over and over:
*He watches the girls do schoolwork and has been asking for *big* kid schoolwork (worksheets)
*He loves to draw and color, which is perfect for the worksheets because he can color and draw and trace letters and fun shapes. Plus there is one worksheet that actually says “I am Sam” to trace – and he can’t get enough of that one!
*Using the mouse was a little too hard for him, but he didn’t want anyone to help him with it. Sigh. Welcome to my world. Really hoping the “I can do it!” stage ends soon……
*Reading Eggs Junior is geared for ages 2-4, but he has a hard time sitting at the computer for a long period of time. And by long period of time, I’m talking 15 minutes.
*He loves using his Kindle Fire, and I realized it’s because he can use his fingers and not the mouse. And now that I watch him, he moves all over the house while he’s playing this games, which also might be why he didn’t like sitting at the computer on one place.
I really think Reading Eggs is a great resource and I would encourage you to try it out for yourself and see what you think. If you use this special link you can get 4 weeks for FREE – which will give you more than enough time to see the results of the program! Hurry though, the link expires on October 6th!