Thursday, October 6, 2011

Reading Kingdom


I was approached by Reading Kingdom for an opportunity to review their website back in the summer time.

But summer being summer… we were not often doing school work and camped a lot. So I started using it more often starting in September. Two of my kids are using it at this time; Dominic who is in grade 2 and Jérémy who is in grade 1.

The Reading Kingdom is a fun, easy-to-use online program that teaches children 4-10 years old how to read and write to a third grade level.  Essentially Reading Kingdom will customize the program to each child.    Most children will be able to do the program on their own after just a few weeks.   

Reading Kingdom was created by Dr. Marion Blank, one of the world's top experts in literacy and will work with any other curriculum you might be using in your homeschool.    This system will teach sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar and comprehension which are all necessary for reading and writing success!

I have seen improvement in both of them in using the website and interaction with the program.    So far I am quite pleased with it.  Not only the assessment is done to determine the level of comprehension of your child and his/her ability to read but you can have access to the progression done via emails or the website.

The exercises are complete and deal with sequencing, keyboarding as well as reading and writing as your child progresses.


This website can be access by any computer.   We have a computer linked to our television in the living room and this gives me the opportunity to keep an eye on my kids while they are working Reading Kingdom.    Dominic is more advance than Jérémy but he struggled most of last year with it.    I have found that doing his phonics and having a computer program like Reading Kingdom helped quite a lot.    Jérémy had problem at the beginning of September with his response time but I have found this week that he was doing much better as well.   In a nutshell I find that Reading Kingdom is a bonus for both of them. 

I must admit that I will do their regular schooling first and then depending on how it went, I will “reward” them with Reading Kingdom.   I know…. I am sneaky because they are still learning while playing and interacting with the program.    Both are learning to use the keyboard and the mouse as well as spelling words at the same time.   

Every once in a while, I also receive emails with suggestions on book to read with the kids.    It is a bonus to discover new titles.    But I rarely explore this option at this moment for various reasons.

Seeing how the program is being helpful for both of my son, I am thinking of trying it out with my soon to be four years old daughter.    However, I know that she will need more guidance than the boys to be able to use the keyboard and the mouse. 

You can sign up for a 30 Day trial at    Though I find the program expensive, it could be a wonderful website for children who are struggling with learning how to read.    The interaction, the games and exercises are fun and creative.    It is worth checking it out!

Disclaimer: I received access to the Reading Kingdom for a complete year for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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