Just like millions of other children Harry starts back at school on Monday and will be moving up to Year 1. His first year at school was a huge success in terms of personal growth but being one of the youngest in the year his academic progress has been a little bit slower than some of his peers.The issue is not the learning side of things, it’s his concentration. Just like his Mummy he gets bored easily and rather than do a session of phonics he would rather be outside playing in the mud kitchen or bug exploring. As a parent, I am torn between making sure my son has a great education but also not forcing education on him. He has to learn to read and write but every child is different so when one way of learning is not quite getting the results you want you to look for a new way.
As I knew that I would be at home with Harry for the whole of the holidays I have made our everyday tasks into mini phonics sessions. He has written out short shopping lists, made name badges for his friends coming to play, we spelled out objects we have seen while driving to the park and set up a treasure hunt with simple clues to read. All of the above have been great fun little boosters but the one thing that has made me see a real difference in his reading and writing has been the Reading Eggs online learning system.
I have been offered several different learning app’s and websites to review but turn 99% of them down as they are either over priced or too basic. Reading Eggs is different. It was designed and built by teachers and educational specialist who know the benefits of learning through play. Rather than just be one very boring program which repeats itself over and over Reading Eggs is designed for each individual child’s needs. We started using the system at the start of the summer holidays and the first thing Harry had to do was do an online assessment to see what program would best suit him.This took no more than 5 minutes and to Harry was just a game. The results indicated that Harry’s reading was aged 4 which as he had only turned 5 days before I felt comfortable with. I wanted Harry to give me his honest opinion of the system so apart from having 10 minutes with him talking about the different activities I let him get on it while I did some blogging work next to him. Harry attention span on one activity can range from 2 minutes to 2 hours but so I could really give you an honest opinion of the system I asked Harry ( with the incentive of ice cream ) to sit and play on it for 1/2 hour. After the 30 minutes were up I asked Harry what he thought and was soon told to be quiet as he was ‘working’ !!! Harry’s first session using Reading Eggs lasted well over an hour and later that day asked if he could play it again.Over the last 4 weeks, Harry has logged onto Reading Eggs every day by his own choice and whether it has been a quick 20 minutes or over an hour he has enjoyed using the system. For every level, he completes he is rewarded with virtual medals and certificates he can print out and I am e-mailed updates of his progress.
Harry is now comfortably reading & writing at age 5 level and is loving learning.His favorite feature of the system is the Driving Test program where Harry has to pick out letters & words to complete sentences and with every correct answer make the race car go around the track. It is amazing to see Harry so happy and confident using the Reading Eggs system.It really has made a huge difference in his ability and thanks to his new-found confidence he now can’t wait to show off his new skills to his teacher next week. The Reading Eggs Learning System is £39.99 a year which when you break is £3.40 a month (the price of a latte at Starbucks).I highly recommend Reading Eggs and as it can be accessed a desktop or by using the app your child can use it anywhere they go.Reading Eggs are offering my readings a free try before you buy trial, so if you would like your child to benefit from the experts at Reading Eggs click HERE to start your trial.
Has your child used Reading Eggs before? Did you sign up for the trial and your child loved it? Let me know in the comments below.