Monday, October 16, 2017

Reading Eggs/ TOS Review

Reading Eggs*

I was lucky enough to be chosen to review a program called Reading Eggs

I was supposed to review the Reading Eggs Jr. program, as my son is almost 3, but luckily my niece is going to be staying with me for a while, and we got to use the main portion of the program, Reading Eggs, as well!

Now let me say a couple of things before I get to the review part. This online reading program is awesome! I am so excited and thankful to have received a six month subscription, and I can definitely say that I will continue the subscription beyond the six months.

 The price is amazing as well. $59 for an entire year, and that includes a math program as well! And they are offering a free 4 week trial until 11-30-17, just for you. So be sure to try it out and see what you think!

Now, on to the review....

The main portion of this program is called Reading Eggs. It is designed for children ages 3 to 7. It is the heart of the program, the "learning to read" part.

 Each lesson consists of about 10 to 20 individual sections. Each section teaches a new way to learn the letter sound. 

The lesson will introduce a letter sound and the children play "games" that reinforce the sound. 

By the end of the 3rd lesson your child is reading a whole sentence!

 I think that is awesome because it really gives the kids the confidence and motivation they need to want to continue learning to read. Your child feels so good, when after just a couple of lessons they are already reading! 

I think this is brilliant. Your child doesn't have to go through every letter, learning it's sound, before they start to read. They may give up, or feel like they are never going to learn to read if they have to do it that way.  

Another great feature of the program is that it keeps track of everything your child does. It lets you know when your child has completed a lesson, it shows you where your child's estimated reading age is, and how many phonics skills and sight words they know. You can find all of your children's information in the family dashboard. 

I also like the fact that they offer printable worksheets to go along with each lesson. When your child is learning the sound for the letter "M", they can also learn how to write the letter. 

Your child can take a placement test to find out where they need to begin so that they aren't wasting time learning things they already know or starting somewhere that is too difficult. 

Some of the newest features that have recently been implemented are the Homeschool Guides. Theses are available for grades K-2. 

Now, honestly, until I looked over these guides, I didn't really realize that this program also included Science and Social Studies. I knew it included books, but I really didn't put it all together.

 I am so glad I found these! These guides lay out each day for the homeschool parent. 
Science and Social Studies are implemented through the Library. There are thousands of books to choose from. 

My only complaint about this program, and it definitely isn't a big one, is that I would love a pause or mute button. When we are doing the lessons, and my niece is trying to think, or I am trying to explain something to her, the ant keeps repeating "click on the word AM, or whatever we are working on. It is a bit annoying. If I could just click a pause, or mute button, that would be super helpful. Sometimes the child may need a bit longer to figure it out than the ant gives, and it makes it hard to think when the ant keeps talking.

My son loves doing "his school". He is doing the math part here. He cracks up at the monkey. 
(Please excuse the dirty face. He had just been eating. But hey, real life, right?)

Brently's cousin is showing him how to do it! They both worked together to learn their numbers! 
They both love this program.

 My niece asks me every morning, as soon as we get up, if we can do school. I always have to tell her, "Let us at least eat breakfast first!" 

I asked my niece what her favorite part of her schoolwork (Reading Eggs) was. Her response: "I love it and it's really fun!"

The next part of the program that we are reviewing is Reading Eggs Jr
Reading Eggs Jr. is designed for toddlers ages 2 -4.

In the Jr. part of the program your toddler is being introduced to the letters, and their sounds. There are games they can play, like putting the toy that starts with the right sound in the toy box. 

Your child can choose a book, and it will be read aloud to them. They can play puzzles that help them learn their shapes, they can watch videos and much more.
This is a great introduction to letters and their sounds. If you have have a child in the Reading Eggs program, your toddler will love having his "own school". 

My son likes it, but he wants to do what he sees his cousin doing. Which brings me to...


Mathseeds follows the same format as Reading Eggs, but with numbers. Now I am assuming, since it is designed for ages 3 to 9, that it will eventually get into actual math, but at the beginning it starts with learning the number one. Just as your child has lessons with games and activities to learn their letter sounds, the child has the same for learning their numbers. 

Just as with Reading Eggs, your child can take a placement test so they are put right where they need to be. 

My son LOVES this. Even more than Reading Eggs Jr. I think it's because it follows the same format as the "big" school. I can't tell you how excited he gets to play this. He is learning to count, so this is the perfect accompaniment. 

You just can't beat this program. Reading, comprehension, math, spelling and more, all for only $59 a year! I honestly can't believe the value. 

But, that's not all! There is one more section to this program. It is called Reading Eggspress

Reading Eggspress is for children in the 7 to 13 age range. It is for children who already know how to read, but need continuing reading education. The focus in this part is more on reading comprehension. 

Your child can pick a book from the library, and they can read the book and take quizzes to see if they are comprehending what they are reading. 

There is also a spelling section. I love this. It teaches the specific spelling rules, then has activities and quizzes for the child to do to practice their spelling. 

My 7th grader tried this section out for me, and he said "it was pretty cool". I could tell he was having fun doing the spelling portion. I really, really like the spelling portion because it is not just your basic spelling program. It incorporates so many different ways to teach spelling. 

There are so many "extra's" to this program that it would be impossible to list them all here. 

The more we get into this program, and the more I check it out on my own, the more I fall in love with it. This will be a curriculum staple in my home for many years to come, for sure...

 Use the free trial to see what all they really have to offer and see what you and your children think about this program. 

You can use this program on a computer, or a tablet! It works on iPad, iPhone and Android.
You can get a six month subscription for $49.95,  BUT for only ten dollars more, $59, you can get an entire year's subscription, that includes all parts of the program. 

Additional children get 50 percent off their subscription. 

You can also purchase book packs that go along with the program at discounted prices, when you have a subscription. 

You can find all of the pricing for subscriptions and book packs here

If you are still not 100 percent sure, please remember they are offering a FREE 4 WEEK TRIAL so that you can try it out before purchasing. 

The free trial that is normally offered is for only 2 weeks, but if you use the free trial links from this review post, you will get a special trial of 4 weeks! 

The free trial includes the new Reading Eggs Jr., Reading Eggs, Reading Eggspress and Mathseeds. (4 week free trial expires November 30th, 2017)

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