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We recently had the opportunity to review the online program Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning Inc! We were given access to a 1-year subscription for my 4-year-old and 10-year-old children. We have used Reading Eggs in the past with my oldest who is now 13 years old and also my middle child when she was much younger. We really enjoyed it at that time and so I was definitely looking forward to seeing what’s new and introducing my youngest to the program!
Reading Eggs has a number of new features, one of which is the Fast Phonics program! It focuses on systematic synthetic phonics instruction to boost reading skills. My 10-year-old is a bit past this stage, and my 4-year-old isn’t quite ready for it yet, but I hope to start him on it soon because it looks like a really fun way to practice his phonics skills.
Another new addition is the Mental Minute area added to the Math Seeds program, focusing on math fact fluency.
New, fun monthly themes have also been added to Reading Eggs to keep children engaged and excited to use the program.
And last but not least, they have also added an Android App for Reading Eggs!
Using the Reading Eggs Programs
Setting up multiple children is really simple and all done under one parent account. This is awesome because we don’t have to have multiple logins for each child. I can just sign into the program and each child clicks through to their name and chooses the program they want to work on. There are different programs to choose from based on age and ability.
- Reading Eggs Junior – ages 2-4 learn with fun games and activities that build alphabet knowledge and ready‑to‑read skills.
- Reading Eggs – ages 3-7 follow structured, one‑on‑one lessons that teach phonics, sight words, and reading skills.
- Reading Eggspress – ages 7-13 continue building key literacy skills that will help them succeed in school.
- Mathseeds – ages 3-9 will nurture an early love of math with structured lessons and activities that build essential math skills.
My 4-year-old has mainly been using Reading Eggs. He really loves to play in the games area, of course! The great thing is that in order to play the games he needs to redeem “eggs” for each game he plays. In order to earn “eggs”, he needs to work through the lessons first. It’s a great motivator to get him to work on the lessons versus just playing the games instead. He does enjoy his lessons and often lets out little giggles as he’s doing the lesson.
Because he is only 4, I do sit with him while he uses the program to make sure he is understanding what is being asked of him. In a year or two, I’m sure he could do the lessons on his own without my help. Even in just a few weeks that we’ve been using it so far, I’ve noticed that he recognizes more letters than before using the program and can recall the sounds that they make too!
My 10-year-old daughter has been using Reading Eggspress during our review period. She is an avid reader already and so this is a great program for her. Reading Eggspress focuses on vocabulary, reading, comprehension, and spelling practice. As she works through each lesson she earns eggs. The eggs can be used to play games or purchase items for her avatar, house, or even pets. I really like the spelling section as it is an area when she often has trouble, so it is good practice for her.
She also tried the MathSeeds program too. She tested right at the very end of the lessons though as she is a bit old for the program. But what I really liked about MathSeeds for her was the Mental Minute activity. It’s a great way to practice her math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I can see that this would be great for daily practice.
Another neat feature about Reading Eggs is the reports for each area and child. You just choose the child you want to check on and then choose the program you want to look at. Then a report comes up showing what they have been working on and how they are doing. It’s neat to take a look at, although I don’t stress too much about reports, as long as I can see them making progress.
So What Did We Think?
As a mom, I LOVE the entire Reading Eggs program! It’s fun for the kids and keeps my little guy engaged (which can be a hard thing to accomplish)! I also appreciate that there are printables available for each lesson to help reinforce their learning and let them practice away from the computer or tablet too. These programs would make a great supplement to your children’s learning, or if you incorporate the printable worksheets as well, you could probably even use it as a full program for the younger ones.
I would definitely recommend you check out Reading Eggs, they even have a free trial available so you can see if it’s a good fit for your kids.
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