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What's it about?
Set up an account with a parent's email address and create your kid's profile with name and birth year to get started with READING EGGS - LEARN TO READ. Three programs offer different levels of reading instruction. Reading Eggs Junior has pre-literacy material, Reading Eggs features content for beginning and emerging readers, and Reading Eggspress is for continuing reading fluency. Choose an appropriate level or take a placement test to see where to start. In all levels, books, games, songs, videos, and more take kids through all things reading from letter sounds and phonics to grammar, reading comprehension, and creative writing. Earn eggs to "spend" in the avatar store or reading game arcade. If you explore the math content, you'll find activities around number fluency, shapes, measurement, arithmetic, and fractions.
Is it any good?
This broadly based reading curriculum is both varied and complete enough to be worth the relatively high subscription price. The developer makes a lot of lofty claims about all the great ways Reading Eggs - Learn to Read can help your kids become confident and competent readers. Though some claims may be slightly exaggerated for marketing purposes, the program is robust enough to support the idea that it can truly be a great tool for teaching kids to read. The material is vast and varied enough to support kids who have no reading experience all the way through to reading comprehension and writing composition for solid readers. And it adapts and levels automatically as kids learn and grow. A range of activities ensures that kids don't get bored doing the same thing over and over again. There's also a large library of books for kids of all reading levels. Despite all its good points, Reading Eggs - Learn to Read isn't perfect. There's little to no feedback when kids struggle with a question, nor can they go back to revisit a question they've answered incorrectly to find out where they went wrong. The experience is also a little less game-oriented and more reading-heavy than some other reading programs, which takes it down a notch on the fun factor. The system for spending earned eggs at the avatar store doesn't help much, and introduces an unnecessary commercial element that some parents might not like. Finally, the math section is a nice touch but also seems out of place. All in all, if you want some help in supporting your kid in learning to read, no matter where they are on the reading spectrum, Reading Eggs - Learn to Read is definitely worth checking out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the content kids are learning with Reading Eggs - Learn to Read. Get involved with your kids' reading journey by tracking their progress, checking in with them about how they're doing, and asking what they've learned.
Enhance what kids have learned by bringing the reading content offscreen. Recite nursery rhymes, sing songs, and point out letters and sounds throughout the day for the little ones. Get new readers reading signs and simple books to show off their skills, and encourage more advanced readers to tell you all about the books they read.
Be a reading family! Take frequent trips to the library, read to your kids often, and provide opportunities for them to read to themselves when they're ready. And don't forget to be a reading model by reading your own books too.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading comprehension, text analysis, vocabulary
Math: arithmetic, fractions, numbers, shapes
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (30-day free trial then $9.99/month, first child. $4.99/month each additional child)
- Release date: October 8, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 97.20 MB
- Publisher: Blake eLearning
- Version: 2.3.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
- Last updated: June 22, 2019
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