Thursday, February 27, 2014

Have You Had Your Eggs for the Day? Reading Eggs - Home & School Mosaics Review

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Many of us grew up hearing that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.  We ate a variety of things for that most important meal, including eggs.  Around our house breakfast is important, but our "eggs" come in a different form.  We often start the day with Reading Eggs.  We've been using the program for some time now to provide a review for Home and School Mosaics.  I'm happy to say that my little guy who was fighting learning to read is now reading!  It'll still take some time, but we've moved through those first "figuring it all out" steps.  He even sings the phonics songs, has favorite characters and randomly reads things not covered yet.  Yippee!  Here's a bit about Reading Eggs and Reading Express for those who might be looking for a program that's sure to work.

Reading Eggs provides a comprehensive range of online reading lessons and e-books that teach children aged 3–13 the literacy skills they need for lifetime reading success.  It is said that 91% of parents have noticed an improvement in their child’s reading ability since using Reading Eggs, which includes over 1,500 ebooks.  It is compatible on PC, Mac, iPad and Android, and there is a money-back guarantee.

Reading Eggs was developed by expert educators with 20+ years experience and is based on solid scientific research.  The program makes learning phonics and basic reading skills fun for 3–13 year olds. Children progress through the one-on-one lessons at their own pace while parents follow regular progress reports and assessments which track their child’s learning.  There are 2 programs within Reading Eggs, Reading Eggs for ages 3–7 and Reading Eggspress for ages 7–13.

Both programs have their own unique worlds of interactive reading and writing activities. These worlds provide a highly visual, engaging and interactive environment with colorful animations and characters. At the end of each Reading Eggs lesson children are rewarded with a playful 'critter' that hatches from an egg. They can also earn golden coins that they can use to play games in the ‘Arcade’. In Reading Eggspress children are encouraged to collect trading cards and trophies. Children are also given an avatar which marks their place in the particular world they are in. The avatar can be personalized by the child.

Full of educationally sound, fun and interactive activities, Reading Eggs focuses on the most fundamental skill needed in school – reading. Children from 3 –7 years or older children struggling with reading will find a huge variety of reading lessons, activities and games in the program.  In addition to the 120 reading lessons there is the Reading Eggs World.  In the Reading Eggs World, children have their own house to decorate, a big shop and an avatar that can walk and travel to many new destinations on Reggie’s bus including:

  • The Story Factory - gives children an introduction to creative writing and they can put together stories to enter in a weekly story writing competition.
  • Driving Tests - 15 sight word tests, 15 letters and sounds test and 15 content word tests which rewards children for correct completion with a driving game.
  • Puzzle Park - 32 word puzzles and sight word recognition practice.
  • Skills Bank - 96 spelling lessons that take students up to the end of key stage 1.
  • Storylands - this area builds reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills and is perfect for children who have begun to read but aren’t quite ready for Reading Eggspress. It currently includes 20 e-books to read.
  • The Arcade - 24 arcade-style games to be used as rewards to motivate children to keep learning. Children need to earn Golden Eggs to play these so encourages them to work through lessons and educational activities before using the arcade.

A Reading Eggs lesson contains two parts which make up the main lesson, dot to dots and a letter grid (for letter recognition), vocabulary and an e-book.  Completing each of these steps earns gold coins.  After completing all of these steps an egg hatches with a new "critter".  There are even quizzes, downloadable related activities and certificates upon completion.

The 4 areas of the Reading Eggspress World include:
• Library - holds more than 1500 e-books including illustrated chapter books, full-color nonfiction books and a range of classics. Children can search for books by topic, series, author, reading age or book title, and new books are added regularly.
• The Comprehension Gym - children complete a placement test at the Gym which puts students at the correct level for their current ability. 200 interactive comprehension lessons over five broad levels from years 2 to years 6 with 40 lessons per year level are included.
• The Stadium – children compete in real time against students from around the world in head-to-head contest tests which cover skills in one of four areas – spelling, vocabulary, usage and grammar.
• Apartment and Mall - children can use their golden eggs to buy avatar clothes and apartment furniture.  Within the apartment all the trophies, medals and trading cards children have collected can be viewed and children can also complete a 100-level quest-style game to expand and refresh learning and earn more golden eggs.

Progress within the Reading Eggspress program is measured by the completion of targets which are split over 4 levels and help give children some guidance and structure for learning and encourage them to use all of the above areas.

Both the Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress programs have a comprehensive reporting system that tracks progress so that students and their parents can clearly see each child’s achievements.  Click here for a program feature summary.

**91% of parents have noticed an improvement in their child’s reading ability since using Reading Eggs which includes over 1500 ebooks.  It is compatible on PC, Mac, iPad and Android.  There is a money-back guarantee!

Perhaps you might even want to get in on The Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge before it finishes. From February 3 to March 7 your child can take part in the Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge which is an effort to inspire children to read while raising funds for The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS). With a goal to raise $25,000, Reading Eggs will match donation up to this amount!

All money raised will help provide financial, emotional and educational support for children and families battling childhood cancer. (You can learn more about the NCCS at *NCCS will earn a minimum of $25,000 from Reading Eggs plus 100% of the donations collected by RTCC participants  

It's easy! Children sign up for a FREE 5 week trial of Reading Eggs, the popular online reading program for 3–13 year olds. From February 3 to March 7 they are encouraged to complete as many books and Reading Eggs lessons as they can. Friends and family can sponsor their reading efforts, with all money raised going to the NCCS.  There are even great prizes up for grabs for the top 3 children who read the most books and the top 3 children who raise the most funds!  The Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge is a FREE event.  To get started parents just sign up for their free trial of Reading Eggs at the web address above (under the picture), and once logged in to the dashboard screen they need to simply add their child to their account. Once their child is set up in the dashboard they need to click on the button on the left hand side bar prompting them to join the challenge. Parents can always come back here to see their child’s progress in the challenge.  From there they can follow the prompts to customize their child’s very own fundraising page.

So continue on or find something new?  We're definitely continuing with this program.  While my little guy has not finished all of the levels of Reading Eggs yet, I've been checking out Reading Eggspress for when he is ready to start with it.  My favorite part is that he's having fun and learning at the same time, without even realizing he's doing it.  My husband and I were discussing that the incentives (golden coins/games) seem to be holding his attention and making him want to continue.  Now our only dilemma is that he really wants a stuffed "Pinkypoo" penguin, the pink one, with pretty paws.  He even waddles around all the time and turns in circles like Pinkypoo.  Of all of the characters ... 

The sign-up and set-up process is quite easy with these programs, and I can see exactly where my guy is at on his accomplishments and skills.  The programs really encourage independence as well as a bit of creativity along the way.  When he realized that he could repeat sections he liked (Can we say wonderful reinforcement?) we had one happy kid.  Right now I think we're perhaps bordering on a bit of "addiction" to Reading Eggs.  I can think of much worse things to be addicted to at his tender age.

More favorite parts include catchy songs, the individualized pacing, and the adorable characters.  The creators of these programs definitely have figured out how to draw in kids and help them to read. I'll admit that sometimes it feels like deception to offer Reading Eggs because my guy thinks it's a treat.  Then again, he's convinced we don't do school at home either.  Why ruin what works and tell him this is to help him learn to do something he's been fighting?  These programs are definitely worth the time and money in my opinion.  We're so thankful to the Reading Eggs folks for letting us try their program!

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