Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew
A few days a week, we have been using Counting Kingdom, a fun online introductory math program from Reading Kingdom, for review. Reading Kingdom offers other programs: Story Smarts, Spelling ninja, along with Counting Kingdom that you can read about by clicking the banner at the bottom of this post. These are online based programs, and will require internet access to be used; they can be used on a desktop or device.
We found the program to be easy to use, and fun. My 5 year old used it on my iPad most of the time. Counting Kingdom is designed for children ages 4-8, and I found that this is probably the most appropriate ages, or more specifically, the right level. This is going to be a great supplement to homeschoolers with younger children not quite ready for full blown math curriculum, or students that need extra practice working on a 3rd grade level and below.
About the Program
The program says for best results, use 4 days per week. I can see how this could hinder some use, but the idea is to use the program consistently. Students will learn math concepts including recognizing, counting, and understanding numbers up to 10, 1:1 correspondence, and more.
- level 1: teaching and understanding number concepts using 1-10
- Level 2: starts with introducing higher level math concepts using terms such as same, all, some
- Level 3: starts adding memory tasks and introduces basic operations
Students begin in lesson 1:1 and move up through the program. You can adjust the student’s level in the settings, if needed. There is an option to adjust the speed of the program as well, allowing more or less response time. Parents can also get a report on how well students are doing. There is a key for what each symbol means in the dashboard for parents to easily see progress.
My 5 year old did enjoy this program more than my 7 year old. I started it with my 7 year old, but switched to the 5 year old because most of the concepts were new to her. I really like that it works with a ten frame and creates that visual concepts- this was the main reason I wanted to review the program. Ten frames are such a great tool for math concepts using numbers 1-10.
My older girl was definitely not as interested; it is a slower paces program which is going to serve its purpose for some students, 💯! For others it is going to be too dull and slow. As always, knowing your student and what they need is going to be best for your family. The concepts are solid, and I think for students that need help with fewer distractions (crazy noises, bright lights, flashing/moving characters) this is going to work well for them!