Three of our six kids have struggled to learn to read (dyslexic, visual processing disorder, etc). With our first delayed reader, who didn’t read until he was almost twelve, I wasn’t homeschooling five other children so I had hours to spend working through different programs, flash cards, games, and activities.
Now that child number six is struggling with similar reading issues, I don’t have the same amount of time available to work with her, like I did with my older sons.
I needed something to supplement our lessons and help reinforce concepts with her that she could do on her own.
I tried a few computer programs, but many of them felt too much like a game (not learning enough) or they were just books being read to them via the computer. I heard about Reading Eggs through a friend and decided to give it a try. It is not free, but they do have a 14 day free trial period, during which that time they email you frequently with discount codes to sign up for the program so don’t ever pay full price for Reading Eggs!
We’ve been using it for about 10 days and so far I like it, and my daughter loves it! She asks to play her reading “games” every day and she is progressing through one lesson a day.
There is a placement test at the beginning of the program so your child doesn’t waste time on activities that are too easy for them, or get frustrated that it is too difficult. Parents can check their child’s progress, although in my opinion the progress reports are a little weak. I’d love to have problem areas highlighted in this section along with the progress.
Fellow homeschool blogger Carlie has a review on her site if you’d like more information about the program.
You can sign up here for your 14 day free Reading Eggs trial before you purchase the program.