My 6 year old, Peyton, is often jealous of her big siblings’ computer schoolwork. So, she could not wait to help review Reading Kingdom, an online program that helps children ages 4 to 10 years old learn to read and write to a 3rd grade level. Finally, she felt big like her older siblings with her very own ‘computer school!’
The program is meant to be used as either a stand alone reading curriculum or as a supplement. I definitely think many children could use this alone for reading, but I choose to use it has a supplement. I still prefer a phonics based approach, but I see the benefits of also learning (more) sight words alongside phonics. Lets face it, phonics is easily boring and often frustrating for little ones. Reading Kingdom with its adorable owl and graphics, interactive nature, and nearly instant gratification of reading ‘real’ sentences and stories makes reading fun and engaging.
I think this program would be wonderful for any child who is frustrated with or bored of traditional phonics and/or worksheets. It’s definitely perfect for a child who is ready to begin reading, while not quite ready to physically write letters.
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