Sunday, March 6, 2011

Reading Kingdom

Welcome to The Reading Kingdom

(I was given a complimentary trial in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.)

"The Reading Kingdom is a fun, easy-to-use online program that teaches
children 4-10 years old how to read and write to a third grade level."

It customizes itself to each child

It's created by Dr. Marion Blank, one of the world's top experts in literacy

It works with any other curriculum a child may be using

And, it's the only system that teaches all 6 skills needed for reading & writing success!

The Bentz Testing Laboratory selected the "girls" for this one (after all, the boys got to do the Cicada Killing Wasp Unit Study...)

My testers were a 7 year old, 2nd grade daughter and a 6 year old kindergarten daughter.

They began by each completeing a Skill Survey, which the program used to determine their individual starting points. Both needed additional keyboarding skills, and the program recognized that and place the in a starting session to work on those skills.

My testers enjoyed doing the sessions, frequently wanting to do more than just one in a sitting (they are designed to be short..15-20 minutes long). Progress reports are available for mom to review. The program is designed to be worked independently (no mom interference!!). Your child will progress through two Skill Surveys (helps with the typing, etc) and then on through 5 levels of reading and writing skills.

The program is NOT phonics based. This is where my education philosophy on reading was "stretched" a bit. I read through the reasoning and research that supported the program, but in the end, still disagreed with it. (hey, I have taught 6 kiddos to read and write - and phonics was our method of choice...) But, you can watch this video and make up your own mind on that one...

You receive a free 30 day trial. After that, subscriptions to Reading Kingdom are $19.99/month (with no monthly minimum), or $199.99 per year. You can cancel your subscription at any time. ( I was impressed - they do offer scholarship programs for families interested, but unable to pay..)

My opinion is that this program is innovative, and different. So, if you have found yourself with a struggling reader - and need to try a new approach - this may be your answer. It's definitely worth the 30 day free trial to see if is for you!

See what the other reviewers thought here

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to review our Reading Kingdom program. We're happy you liked it!

    I would just like to clarify that the Reading Kingdom does teach the sounds of letters and letter blends (phonics), but it does so in the context of the other skills required for reading mastery. The Reading Kingdom teaches 6 skills that Dr. Marion Blank, the Director of the Light on Literacy program at Columbia University and the creator of the Reading Kingdom, has determined are required for reading and writing success. These skills are visual sequencing, motor skills for writing, phonics (sounds), syntax (grammar), semantics (meaning) and comprehension (text).

    By the way, we're going to feature your review on our Facebook page, so thanks again.