Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Reading Made Fun!

I received product for review, but all opinions are very much my own.

Summer is a time for fun, swimming, popsicles, and play, but for some of us it is also a time we worry about the hard work during the school year slipping away. It's so nice to have the kids have time from free play and using their imagination. What if it could be so easy to also keep up their reading skills and maybe even improve them over the summer?!

Sounds like work right? Flashcards and phonics and reading aloud. While those things are fabulous and of course recommended as well, I have found the easy way out. It is on the computer which my son loves and all I have to do is log him in and he does his daily practice. It is short so he doesn't get whiny about how it takes forever and they actually say not to help your child. The program works best if they do it on their own. Glory day! I love helping them to feel independent and to learn on their own. 

So you probably want to know what it is huh? It's called Reading Kingdom and it's been great!

Reading Kingdom

First thing, it has your child take a little quiz to see what level they are on and what areas they need extra help with. I love that it personalized the program based on each child.

Not only has it kept my little guy sounding things out and improving his sight reading and letter recognition, but it has helped him learn where the letters are on the keyboard which in this day and age is basically an essential life skill.

For instance, in this activity he was to find the one that could make the word girls and type the letters to complete the word. (To give you a frame of reference on level, he is going in to kindergarten.)


After each session it gives them a reward in their passport. It also keeps track of their progress in each area and how far they are in each level on an easy to read dashboard so you can keep tabs on how they are doing.

I love that it is super easy, he loves that it is like another computer game. Really it has been a win, win.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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