Reading Kingdom: A Review!
Ada loved that Reading Kingdom looks like a game. She is just learning to read, so she started at the very beginning with identifying letters on the keyboard and hitting them in time to pop bubbles floating upward on the screen, for example. The program has been focusing on teaching her to read letters left to right and to identify them quickly.
One thing Reading Kingdom is not? A traditional phonics program.
Reading Kingdom takes a totally different approach on teaching kids to read! As an elementary education major I was interested to see how exactly this would play out. I feel as if I am brainwashed to teach reading through phonics with the traditional style of letter blends and sight words. Rosie, who is now nine, learned to read very quickly with the old fashioned method. Ada seems more reluctant so it may be good for her to try out this alternative method.
Check out this chart from the Reading Kingdom website highlighting what Reading Kingdom teaches vs. traditional phonics based reading programs:
How exactly does Reading Kingdom pull this off? Well for starters, it’s designed by someone named Dr. Blank who is one of the top world experts in literacy and the winner of awards as well as an author of books and a world renowned lecturer.
Have you ever noticed how most phonics-based books have silly non-sensical sentences that are designed just so children can sound out the rhyming words? Reading Kingdom seeks to avoid that! This thrills my Charlotte Mason based, classic book loving soul. This program strives to teach children to read based on the meaning of words in actual quality sentences right from the start.
The six skills this program teaches are: sequencing (letter order), writing, sounds (phonology), meaning (semantics), grammar (syntax), and composition.
Sequencing is what Ada has been practicing repeatedly at the beginning of the program. See how it looks like a game?
Ada is instructed to type the letters on the keyboard in order. She thinks it’s so fun! She also loves the little owl who instructs her in the “game” of learning to read.
Ada and I also both love that the lessons are designed to be short on a daily basis, so as not to overwhelm kids. The lessons have clear stopping points when the cute owl tells you you’re all done for the day.
Here’s the bubble game I mentioned earlier–it’s part of the learning to write skill set.
I won’t try to review the remaining skills right now because Ada hasn’t gotten into those yet. However if you’re interested in learning more about them you can check out this PDF file from The Reading Kingdom that explains every skill in great detail.
Ada and I both enjoy this online program and plan to continue it until our subscription runs out, and maybe even beyond that. I feel like it will give her a more solid understanding of reading and writing. More so than the phonics based programs we’ve tried. Reading Kingdom offer a free 30 day trial if you want to check it out for yourself. We’re so lucky to be a part of the review crew. We never would have discovered this learn to read method otherwise!
Reading Kingdom also has a program for children with autism. Other reviewers from the crew reviewed that program. Click the banner below to see more reviews from the typical reading program and the ASD version of the program.
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