Learning to Read with Reading Eggs

I’ve mentioned a couple of times now that Mr D is beginning to be able to read some simple words, and I thought I should really write a bit more in-depth about how Reading Eggs has helped with this.

We have always read with the children, and I think that in a literate household where reading and books are readily available and are used then a child can’t help but learn to read. There’s stacks of evidence to suggest leaving the formal teaching to read until they are around age 6/7,  as their development is at the right stage to be receptive etc.

I’m keen to facilitate the children’s learning, and we have played with Teach Your Monster to Read but I realised that Mr D had stopped asking to play it, and I wasn’t convinced at how well he was learning from it past a certain point. I therefore had a look around at other things he could use and we have been taking advantage of a five-week trial with Reading Eggs. I’m really impressed with it and Mr D has played it around two-three times a week, each time getting 2-3 eggs at a time. We have accessed it via the laptop, but I understand you can get an app too.

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I wasn’t too sure how Mr D would take to Reading Eggs, but he really likes it and I think there is a good mixture of things in there to keep children engaged. As I knew Mr D was already able to recognise all the letters and sounds I set him up to do a test, which asks them some simple questions and, based on the answers, the programme decides where to start your child off. Mr D started on Map 2, which I think was probably right for him.

Each ‘egg’ focusses on a letter or a word (such as the, an, and). There are a number of games to play to reinforce the word/letter that is being learnt. The games vary from clicking the letter/word as it appears on-screen, ‘word search’ style games to find the capital and lower case letter, stamping boxes as the letter/word appears with a tick or a cross and many more games.

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As the programme moves on then the child is presented with short sentences, things like ‘Zee is a Bee’, and they have to choose the correct picture to match the sentence, so testing their comprehension too. There are lots of songs and videos and Mr D and Miss E both love the song for the letter z, which they like to play and sing endlessly.The system is really easy to navigate and once I have signed in Mr D is able to move to the map or to the songs or library areas, whichever he wishes to look at.

At the end of each map there is a short quiz. I personally like this as it means they can’t move on ahead unless they are ready. I know with other things we have looked at both Mr D and Miss E have moved themselves on when they haven’t really learnt the previous stuff, more that they have guessed and got things right.

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My only niggle with Reading Eggs is that there are definitely some of the games that are more suited to touch screen devices; there have been a couple of instances where Mr D has known the answer to something but the game is hard to do on a laptop, so I have done it for him whilst he has shouted the answers out.

As Mr D progresses I receive emails to tell me how he is doing and the letters and words he has covered. This is helpful for me when we read together. There is also an area on the site where you can print off worksheets for each lesson. I have had the odd sheet printed and ready to use but Mr D isn’t hugely into worksheets at the moment so Miss E has looked at these for her letter formation and recognition. I know that there is a book pack that you can add on to your subscription and I think this might engage Mr D more than a print out as he is more likely to access a book independently than a worksheet.

There is a real wealth of information and the such to access on Reading Eggs, and we have barely scratched the surface of it yet. I plan to continue this with Mr D as he is really enjoying it and it’s been clear over the past couple of weeks that his reading is really coming along.

To try out Reading Eggs for yourself, click the link here for a four week free trial: www.readingeggs.co.uk/letthem17

I was provided with an extended free trial of Reading Eggs in exchange for a fair and honest review. All words and opinions are my own.

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17 Comments

  1. 20th March 2017 / 09:13

    It seems like a fun way to learn to read. And you’re totally right that kids will inevitably learn when they are in a house with books. I used to love reading with my girls when they were little.

  2. 20th March 2017 / 10:25

    I like how there’s so much out there to help children to read now. Especially the interactive stuff it really engages them and there’s something for all.

  3. 20th March 2017 / 12:11

    I think this is such great and fun way to learn and we’re looking forward to checking out this programme ourselves too!

  4. 20th March 2017 / 13:30

    That sounds like a really good way to help children along their reading journey. I’m keen to start letter and word recognition with BattleKid soon do something like this might help!

  5. 20th March 2017 / 14:17

    This sounds like a really great way to help children learn! I love that things like this are becoming available! xx

  6. 20th March 2017 / 16:04

    I had no idea that there was such thing as ‘reading eggs’ but what a great way to teach children how to read. So innovative x

  7. 20th March 2017 / 19:28

    What a great platform, I have actually started trying to teach my daughter her alpahbet and she is not quite 3 but start them young, nor harm! I think I am going to chec for the app later, as it looks like something she may be interested in, even for 10 minutes

  8. 20th March 2017 / 20:06

    I loved reading early on but know that is rare for some kids. This sounds so much fun for them! X

  9. 20th March 2017 / 21:12

    This looks like a great program for children. I adore reading and we have books all over for the children to enjoy xx

  10. 20th March 2017 / 21:32

    This is fab! I love technology! Can’t wait for my little boy to be at this stage.

  11. 20th March 2017 / 22:21

    This looks like such a fun way of learning. I’m very pro technology

  12. 20th March 2017 / 22:23

    I love how there is so much more to help kids nowadays with things like this – what a great idea. If kids are having fun, then they’re learning…

  13. Helen
    21st March 2017 / 07:27

    This is a great way to teach children to read. It looks a lot of fun and won’t seem like learning. I agree that children should start to learn when they (and you) are ready not at set ages. Doing things like this will help them progress at school quicker.

  14. 21st March 2017 / 10:17

    This looks like fun. What a great way to teach the children to learn. My kids would have loved something like this when theywere younger.

  15. 24th March 2017 / 00:40

    This sounds like such a fun idea and it’s great to encourage kids to learn to read! xo

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