Reading Kingdom’s Online Program for Kids Review

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As an educationally geared parent, and wife of a teacher, I am always interested in interactive online programs that help children succeed. One program I stumbled across is called Reading Kingdom. It is geared for children ages 4-10 years old and is supposed to help bring them to a 3rd grade reading level – which to be honest sounds pretty impressive for a 4 year old! 🙂 It works with the children on sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar as well as comprehension. 
The neat thing that caught my attention with this program is that it customizes itself based on the child. So if a child has correctly answered something multiple times it automatically moves on to a new lesson or question. If a child cannot answer questions correctly it continues to work on that skill that the child is having problems mastering. This prevents the child from being bored with the same exact answer or type of activity over and over again. At the end of each level a progress check assesses how the child is doing with a particular skill. Every week I get an email on how my son is doing in his assessments. However I can log into our account at any time to see how my son is doing. 
But this program isn’t just for kids at home. Teachers can also implement Reading Kingdom in the classroom.
So what do I think? Well, we’ve only been using the program a few weeks and of course with a 4 year old my son has to be in the mood to use it! But so far I do like what I see a lot. You can use this program whether or not a child can read or recognize words. My son already readers on about a 1st grade level so when we started the program I think I tried starting it at a too basic level. You can choose whether or not your child can use the mouse or keyboard, or both together. So at first he got bored because it was too easy. I quickly figured out that I should have chosen the mouse AND keyboard option and he was set to go! Now he seems to enjoy the lessons even though much of it is still easy for him. He is currently working through the “Seeing Sequences” and “Letter Land” levels. 
Here is my son working on Reading Kingdom. You can get an idea of what the program looks like in the beginning levels.
You can find Reading Kingdom on Facebook and on Twitter too! 
You can get a FREE 30 day trial (no credit card required!) to check it out for yourself. If you like the program it runs about $19.99 per month (cheaper for additional readers) and there is a discount if you purchase a year at a time. You can see samples of each level of lessons here. There are books you can purchase separately to use in conjunction with the program but we are just using the online platform right now.
I’d love to know what you think? Have you tried an online program with your kids?
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I received a membership online to this program in order to form my own opinions. All opinions are my own.

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