I’ve always loved to read. I’m still a huge bookworm: you’ll never find me without a book and I always have a book ready for after I finish the one I’m on.
I figured that this love of reading would easily be passed down to my boys.
But, unfortunately, it hasn’t been that easy.
Because, you know what? The strategies you think would work, like straight memorization of sight words or sounding words out… don’t really work for the majority of words.
My oldest started out this school year in second grade reading well below grade level. He’s had an amazing teacher and with everything she’s done with him and with the additional work I’ve done with him at home, he’s been able to catch up to where he should be. But there’s still a difference between what he can read and what he can write.
My middle son is in kindergarten and while he is currently reading and writing on grade level, I know he needs to continue to progress to keep up with the ever-changing state standards. Since he has special needs, he sometimes needs a little more practice with subjects before they really sink in.
So, I knew I wanted to try to find something I could do with them at home to help them with their reading and writing.
For the past two weeks, we have been using the Reading Kingdom program.
What I love about it is that Reading Kingdom is an individualized program. It customizes to each of your children and has them work on what they need to work on when it comes to reading and writing. You can start this program with children as young as 4(I haven’t used it with my 4 year-old yet, but will start with him very soon) and goes up to age 10.
My two older boys started by doing the first assessment, which showed if they needed to spend some time in the Seeing Sequences and Letter Land sections, which work on visual sequencing skills and keyboarding skills. Both of them tested out of the seeing sequences section and only had to do a few session of the keyboarding skills. I love that they didn’t have to waste time on something they already knew. Though I’ll be thankful for these sections when it’s my 4 year-old’s turn to start Reading Kingdom.
After completing those sections, they each took another assessment, which determined which Reading/Writing Level to start them at. I love that even after they’ve been placed in their levels, there’s still more assessment at the beginning of each lesson, to determine if they already know a word- so there isn’t time wasted(or boredom!).
The lessons themselves are short enough to keep their attention, but also reinforce the lesson so that they really do know the skill/words being taught by the time they are done with the lesson. And these lessons? They do them on their own. With no help from me. That’s how it’s designed- kid only, no parent help. While I have been sitting near them while they do the lessons, just to ensure they are doing the lesson, I don’t give them any assistance. That way, I can really see what they know, not what I’ve helped them with.
We are making Reading Kingdom a daily routine in our house and I’m excited to see my boys progress in the coming months. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on it, as well.
In the meantime, if you want to check it out, here are some helpful links:
- Why Reading Kingdom Works
- Reading Kingdom with Struggling Readers and Special Needs
- Readng Kingdom Pricing (30 day free trial)
We were provided with a free trial of Reading Kingdom. All opinions are my own.