Reading Eggs: Learn to Read {A Review}

Reading Eggs is a fun, online reading program.  My daughter is three (and a quarter); she reads sight words and phonetically.  Reading Eggs has been a great addition to our homeschool days.  Lexie has really enjoyed moving from one activity to the next.

Reading Eggs is leveled, and makes it easy for you to decide where to start your child.  Lexie started with the first steps.  This helped her to practice her phonics skills and letter recognition.

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Why Try Reading Eggs?

  • 91% of parents have noticed an improvement in their child’s reading ability since using Reading Eggs
  • Includes over 1500 ebooks
  • Compatible on PC, Mac, iPad and Android
  • Money-back guaranteed

Why Reading Eggs works

  • Developed by expert educators with 20+ years’ experience
  • Based on solid scientific research
  • The program makes learning phonics and basic reading skills fun for 3–13 year olds
  • Your child can progress through the one-on-one lessons at their own pace
  • Regular progress reports and assessments track your child’s learning

What I love about Reading Eggs

  • They have an iPad compatible app, since Lexie isn’t using a computer yet, this works for us.
  • It reinforces the lessons through repetition, but keeps it fun by offering multiple activities.
  • There is an entire “Playhouse” area, where your child can just play and learn.  No worrying about matching answers and getting sounds correct.  It is just for fun, and there is lots to explore.
  • Reading Eggs has great customer service- I emailed about changing the accent in the app, and they got right back with me.

There are also reward incentives; students earn golden eggs as they complete lessons and can use these eggs to buy clothes for the avatars, etc.  This is probably enticing to older children, Lexie doesn’t really care either way.  She just likes to learn, and do the lessons.  But I can see how that would be enticing for older kids.

What Could Be Better

Lexie had a complaint about one of the activities-the student has to match a word from the bottom of the page to one of 6 pictures at the top.  This is doable, but then they mix up the pictures and ask you to do it again… this to her is frustrating.  If she already did it once, and did it correctly, why is she having to do it again instead of moving on to the next activity?  I understand why they do it, I also understand why it frustrates her.  =)

The program asks you to click on the letter sound in words- basically the child is identifying the letter.  Which is great.  But in some words, the letter doesn’t make the same sound the narrator is making for the letter- for instance he says, “click on the /g/ in these words” but the word is giraffe, and in that word G makes the /j/ sound … so that can be confusing because he doesn’t say “click on the G in this word” so the child will naturally look for the letter J because at this stage in reading, they only know the /g/ sound that G makes …

They also asked “which picture starts with the /m/ sound.  The picture is of moss on a rock, but naturally Lexie thought it was rock not moss the picture was representing. However, the students can click (or tap) on a speaker that read the picture to them-which would clarify the rock/moss confusion.  But your child needs to know to press the speaker to be sure they understand what the picture is representing.  This is not a huge deal, and would not keep me from subscribing to the program.  It is just something to be noted.

Free Trial

Reading Eggs is offering you a 5 week free trial!  That is long enough to try the program with your children and see results for yourself.  For every new free trial sign up Reading Eggs will donate $1 to The National Children’s Cancer Society up to a total of $25,000!

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Connect with Reading Eggs:

**Read to Cure**

From February 3 to March 7 your child can join children across the US taking part in the Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge – a nationwide effort to inspire children to read while raising funds for The National Children’s Cancer Society.  

Read To Cure

*NCCS will earn a minimum of $25,000 from Reading Eggs plus 100% of the donations collected by RTCC participants.

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