Reading Kingdom is an online reading program that is geared towards children in preschool, kindergarten, first, second and third grades (ages four to 10 years old). If you have a fourth grader who struggles to read, Reading Kingdom may also work for your child.
If you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ASD Reading may work for your child.
Reading Kingdom is based on a reading system that was developed by Dr. Marion Blank, who has a Ph.D in Medical Psychology. With more than 40 years of experience in the study of language and literacy, Blank is recognized by her peers as a top expert. Blank and her son, Jonathan, are the mother-son duo behind the creation of Reading Kingdom whose dream is to “bring literacy to everyone in the United States and help those abroad who want to learn English by creating easily accessible and highly effective education methods.”
Canyon had the opportunity to review Reading Kingdom. Online reading programs were never a first choice for me in our school, but I have grown a silent appreciation for them. The majority of our work is still completed offline, but when you find a program like Reading Kingdom that works, sometimes your direction has to change.
The first thing I had Canyon do before beginning the lessons was to take a placement test. The results of the assessment allow a customized learning experience to be created for the student based on their current reading and writing skills. The test accurately places the child where they should be when starting the program. If your child tests lower than where you think they should be, go with the results. Your child will be able to move through the program at a pace that is manageable for them and will move easily through the areas they have mastered.
We (parents) just love to help, because that is what we do. Reading Kingdom parents are encouraged to not assist their child while they are taking the placement test. I was careful not to assist Canyon and I must admit, it was really hard. The placement test is something a child may take independently, which gives you a good idea of how they may do while using the program. He was easily able to follow the directions provided by the talking owl and was able to complete the test. The assessment was long. Although I had Canyon complete it in one sitting, you may consider letting your child do it in more than one session. The test is thorough and the exercises do eventually become more challenging in their placement level.
In this exercise, Canyon completed the missing letters. After that was done, he was to read the sentences. Something I really like about this reading program is that your child does not require pre-reading skills and may work through the lessons independently. Your child may read the sentences on their own. If they need assistance, all they have to do is point to the word and it will be read to them.
In this exercise, he was to choose which word would make the word “here”.
There are a number of exercises for the student to complete. Another example is, he was to select the same letters that appear in the word above the scrambled letters.
Canyon used the reading program before starting his school day. Each lesson is about 10 to 15 minutes long, so it did not take up too much time before we were ready for other subjects. If you have an electronic loving child, using Reading Kingdom may be a great incentive. You could also hold use of the program for an end of the day reward.
I love the encouragement students are given as they work through the lessons. If you have a child who is struggling, the reading program is patient with them and your child provides several encouraging prompts.
The parent dashboard allows you to see the progress your child is making through the lessons.
Canyon enjoyed using Reading Kingdom and I will have him continue doing so as a supplement to his reading. The program is becoming a little more interesting, because he being challenged.
Reading Kingdom may also travel with you on your iPhone or iPad. Although I think the best presentation is on a computer, those are other options for continued learning while on the road.