Many of you know that I am a former elementary school teacher so it’s safe to say I am always on the lookout for quality programs I can integrate at home with my kids especially in the summer. My daughter (who is entering Kindergarten this Fall) has made some amazing strides this past school year in pre-K but I wanted to continue building upon the skills she already has and provide her with the kind of program that allows her to learn and adapt new skills at her own pace. As a parent, I want her to have a solid foundation for reading and writing, especially as she enters Kindergarten.
Reading Kingdom is a fun and easy-to-use online program that teaches reading and writing skills geared for children ages 4-10 years old. The program was developed by the Director of the Light on Learning Program at Columbia University, Dr. Marion Blank, one of the world’s top experts in reading and literacy.
Dr. Marion Blank has spent over forty years studying how children learn to read and is recognized as one of the world’s top experts in literacy and language. She has devoted her life and career to helping children learn to read using innovative methods and has made many television appearances on programs including ABC News, CBS News and FOX. Her groundbreaking reading program, Reading Kingdom, is now available to every parent via the internet.
I started using the program with my (almost 5 year-old) daughter toward the beginning of the summer. I am impressed that the program has a patented six skills method for reading success. These skills include sequencing, motor skills, phonics (phonemic awareness), meaning, grammar and reading comprehension. What I love most about Reading Kingdom is that it is designed to have children meet success. Users will see immediate results and feel proud that they are achieving success because the program is customized to meet the child’s specific level and needs. Achieving success early on in the program makes children want to continue on to the next level.
We all know that every child learns differently so the secret to this program is that the child will take an assessment at every level of the program. As the parent, you are NOT to help your child in any way as the program is assessing your child’s current skill level. Based on the performance of the assessment, the program will know exactly where to properly place your child within the program. This is the key to success because the program will not be too hard or too easy for your child – it will be at the very level they should be at which will motivate them to move confidently through the program.
The Reading Kingdom also keeps parents notified of your child’s progress. A detailed report is emailed to the parent on a regular basis. You can also login to your account at any time and view the reports directly from the dashboard within your account. This keeps the parent aware of all the progress that has been made, where the child is currently placed, and the next level they are working toward achieving.
My daughter looks forward to seeing the little owl “speak to her” and asks me to have computer time to “play” Reading Kingdom. Since each of the activities are presented in a fun way, she thinks she’s playing games when in fact, she’s really learning – and that to me is the sign of a great program. Additionally, knowing the program is targeting some critical elements such as sequencing, motor skills, phonics, grammar, and reading comprehension, I know this is a great use of time spent on the computer.
With so many different programs available online these days, it’s getting harder and harder to decipher which programs are a better value and a better use of your time. See why more and more parents are turning to Reading Kingdom – learn how to get started with the Reading Kingdom and WHY the program works.
You can sign up for a FREE Reading Kingdom account and try the program completely risk-free for 30 days here. After thirty days, you have the option to purchase the program monthly at $19.99 or $199.99 for the year.
Disclosure: Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I received a one-year subscription from Reading Kingdom to facilitate this review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.