Product: Reading Kingdom
Vendor Contact Information:
The Reading Kingdom
12405 Venice Bl., Suite 342
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Age Appeal: 4 to 10
Format: Online only program
Price: There is a 30 day free trial! After that it is $19.99/month or $199.99 for 12 months. For each additional child it is $9.99/month. You can cancel at any time. There is also a scholarship program available.
Reading Kingdom has been developed by Dr. Marion Blank and two others. Reading Kingdom is different from other programs as it does not focus on phonics.
Your child will be learning sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar and comprehension.
Since Reading Kingdom customizes itself to your child they will never have anything too challenging or not challenging enough and each session lasts 15-30 minutes. There are five levels, which will take the average child 12-15 months to complete. If your child can already read it may take less time for your child to read and write at a third grade level.
Please go to the website where there is a lot of helpful information, which will help you decide if Reading Kingdom is for your family.
Since B is seven and C is five I knew we did not need to practice using the mouse and keyboard, so the first thing they did was take the “Skills Survey” to learn where they were going to be placed. C was placed in both “Seeing Sequences” and “Letter Land.” B was placed in “Letter Land” where he was going to be practicing keyboarding skills. C was going to practice sequencing and keyboarding skills.
It took B about a week to finish “Letter Land” and it took C about two weeks to finish both of her activities. After that they took another “Skills Survey” that placed them both in level 1. They are learning words such as kids, eat, fly, can, and fly. As they learn and master new words they are given books to read. In level 1 there are six books to be read.
Both B and C are working hard on Level 1 and I think B will be moving on to Level 2 soon.
What I Like:
- I receive e-mails telling me the progress the kids have made.
- I am not to help the kids. That is helpful, because then I can work with B on math while C does Reading Kingdom and vice versa.
- (checking on progress)
- B can read well, but this helps him learn how to spell.
What I Dislike:
- Sometimes it seems as if C is not really learning, because the program can read the words to her.
- Picking more than one of the extra activities at the end of the lesson made it very long for both of the kids.
- I think it would be helpful if they were learning proper keyboarding techniques, so they wouldn’t hunt and peck.
What B (age seven, officially in first grade) thinks: I think Reading Kingdom is very fun. The first part of the lesson, in the section that I am doing, I can do one of three things; read a book, type a new word or write in a book. And the books are short, so on those days I do two lessons. There is also a section that has two parts learning new words in a notebook or typing new words with no help. The second part of the lesson is a part where you click on a word that has missing letters then you type in those missing letters. I think Reading Kingdom is great for kids my age, because you learn new words and how to spell them.
What C (age five, working on kindergarten) thinks: It is fun. I like doing it every single day. I like reading the stories. I like the part where I have to find specific words in order. And the space part where I clicked on the words that I was supposed to type. I liked everything and it is good for kids my age.
What Dad Thought: As I observed B & C doing their Reading Kingdom lessons I was impressed with the content and the timing. It’s kept simple by focusing on one subject for the entire lesson. The amount of time given is enough for B & C to complete each task without being rushed or bored by waiting for the lesson to move on. Each lesson is about 5 – 10 minutes long and that works really well for the kids. Reading Kingdom is a great program.
Other Products Available: Reading Kingdom Story Smarts (books to complement the online program), The Reading Remedy by Dr. Blank, and Letter Land by Hand (learning handwriting within a few weeks)
I would recommend Reading Kingdom. For more reviews please go to The Homeschool Crew review page.