REVIEW – Reading Eggs
Erin has always been a huge fan of books, and even from a very young age, we have incorporated books into her everyday routine, both before bed, and as a bit of quiet downtime during the day. One of the things I was most excited about with Erin starting school is the prospect of her learning to read. I can’t wait to sit with her on my lap and have her read the words to me instead – when the day arrives it will be magical!!
I was recently approached by Reading Eggs to see if I would like to review their app, and jumped at the chance.
Over the last 2 months, I have been trialling Reading Eggs to see if I can help kick start her interest in phonics, reading and letter recognition.
About Reading Eggs
Reading Eggs is a multi award winning learning resource, created by expert educators with over 30 years of experience, teaching children essential reading and phonics skills. A multi stage app, it is suitable for children aged 2 – 13 years.
The app features lessons replicating the structured learning like children have at school, using colourful animations, fun characters, songs and rewards. It focuses on the 5 essential elements to help establish reading-: phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. By incorporating it into child’s daily routine, you can gradually help teach your child to read.
Children earn golden eggs as rewards for their progress and a certificate at the end of each map, which can be printed off and put up to celebrate their success.
Reading Eggs costs just £39.95 for an annual subscription – which works out at less than £2.50 a month!
We have been trialling Reading Eggs for 2 months – starting our trial at the beginning of the Summer Holidays in preparation for Erin starting reception. As she is a June baby, she will be one of the youngest in the class, and as such, I was keen to help give any extra support I could to ensure she is on track with her peers.
As Erin is/was a complete non reader, we decided to start from the very beginning. As a result,, the first couple of lessons she found quite easy, but they gradually began to challenge her as we progressed. If you prefer, you can do a quick quiz to assess your child’s reading age, and start the map from this point.
Erin responded really well to the characters, particularly our host the little ant, and seemed really chuffed with herself when he said well done, or she was able to do things all by herself.
Some parts of the lessons she found very straight forward where as others really tested her – mainly associating which words began with which letter – we had to repeat some of these a few times as she struggled to recognise the letter sounds, but practice has definitely lead to an improvement.
At times she would look at me for reassurance, but I was actually quite shocked at how quickly she began to recognise letters and point them out in words, and that she was able to recall them later too, something I wasn’t expecting.
She would get very excited as we approached the end of the map, knowing she was getting that little bit closer to her certificate which we could print off to pop on the fridge.
Lessons are short and as such, the perfect duration to keep her attention span the entire time. We have been known to do 2 lessons back to back, after which she will say she wants to do a 3rd, but my instincts are normally correct as if we did, her concentration started to wane a little. The lessons are perfect for small bite sized activities and so ideal for anyone who likes to limit screen time.
We enjoyed printing off the activity sheets to do after each lesson, and these were good as a little task to do whilst she was waiting for her tea. I love the fact that Reading Eggs encourages off line elements too, whilst reinforcing the same messages.
From a parents perspective I love how Reading Eggs allows your child to progress at their own rate, with the ability to repeat lessons if they have struggled.
Reading Eggs is also a KidSafe certified website, so I can be confident that it is safe when she is using it on her own – there are no advertisements and no risk of her seeing any non age appropriate content.
Overall, I have been amazed at how quickly Erin has come on during the trial. At just £39.95 for an annual subscription there is no doubt whatsoever that I will be continuing with Reading Eggs after our trial, and I am really pleased to have come across it!
Would you like to try Reading Eggs with your child? Reading Eggs have offered my readers an amazing FREE 5 week trial so you can test it out for yourself! Click on the link above to sign up, and you can be using the app within minutes. (Must be activated by 30th September 2017).
I would not hesitate to recommend Reading Eggs to anyone with preschool or school age children, and I am looking forward to progressing with Erin’s reading using Reading Eggs in conjunction with her school education.
*This is a collaborative post. We were given a free 3 month trial of Reading Eggs to review with Erin. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*