I’ve heard many homeschoolers mention over the years how much their kids love Reading Eggs, but for some reason we never used it. When Caroline and I had the opportunity to try it out, we were interested since we always like looking for fun ways to learn on the computer!
(Truth be told, I’m not sure how homeschooling would have gone for us without access to the internet. Caroline learns so well by utilizing technology and I’m thankful I’m homeschooling now and not fifteen years ago! It really is a game-changer and sanity-saver for me!)
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Online Reading Instruction for Homeschoolers
Reading Eggs is the name of an award-winning collection of four learning programs. This safe online learning environment includes:
- Reading Eggs Jr. (ages 2-4)
- Reading Eggs (ages 3-7)
- Reading Eggspress (ages 7-13)
- Mathseeds (ages 3-9)
The four programs include:
- hundreds of reading lessons
- thousands of interactive activities
- over 2500 e-books
We specifically looked at Reading Eggspress since that is most appropriate for her. The entire site is a great option for a mom who wants a thorough reading program for her child, but doesn’t have the time to invest in lots of prep and gathering of resources. Reading Eggs can be very child-directed with minimal prep for mom.
Adaptive Online Reading Instruction
The beauty of Reading Eggs is that it is designed to progress at your child’s pace. Every child learns differently and so each child’s program adapts to her. The parent dashboard makes it possible for you to track your child’s progress including reports on how many lessons she’s completed, books she’s read, her estimated reading age, and quiz scores.
I think this is one of the most valuable features for parents who take a relaxed approach to homeschooling (like us!). It allows you to see where your child is doing fine and where you might need to spend a bit more time. I’m a firm believer in not making a child do something once she demonstrates proficiency and there are many ways you could use Reading Eggs to track your child’s progress and tailor reading instruction to her individual needs.
Worksheets for Reading Instruction
Reading Eggs does not have to be only online reading instruction. Some kids truly do enjoy using worksheets and Reading Eggs has lots of them at every level. Caroline actually prefers using worksheets in some situations and there are dozens of them at each grade level for parents to use as they work for an individual child.
Learning with Online Reading Games
I can see why Reading Eggs is so popular, especially with those who have little ones in preschool and early elementary. It’s a fun, colorful way to introduce reading to young children. Caroline enjoyed trying it out, but she said she felt it was too young for her now. (She is almost 11.) She said if we had tried it out when she was little, she would have definitely liked it. I agree with her assessment!