Reading Kingdom is an online reading program.
My 7 year old daughter has had the opportunity to use the program. They gave us a complimentary subscription to their Reading Kingdom Online program so we could tell you all about it!
Reading Kingdom will teach your child how to read up to a 3rd grade reading level.
Currently, 2 out of 3 children are not proficient in reading!
Why is that?? Well, here’s one reason:
The English language does not always make sense!!
As we all know, phonics doesn’t apply to all words.
So, Dr. Blank, the developer of this system, created a method of learning that will help your child to learn in the best way possible.
Dr. Blank’s Six Skill Integrated Method
I want to talk a bit about Dr. Blank’s Six Skill Integrated Method of teaching reading.
This one was good for my daughter. I remember one day the program gave her the word “food”. She was then to click on the letters below, in the proper order, to spell food. Well, I can’t remember exactly what letters they gave her, but it was something like: ofomod. My daughter got it wrong the first time, because she click on the first o, then the f, then another o, then the d. She got all the letters correct, but in the wrong order. This frustrated her because she couldn’t understand why the computer was telling her she was wrong. I explained to her that the letters have to be clicked in the right order and then she got it right. She learned that sequencing matters!
I was blown away by the statement in the picture above!
When I was younger, I would study by rewriting my notes. I had no idea what I was doing was so effective!
In Reading Kingdom, there is a lot of writing. Well, typing, because it is done on a keyboard. At first, I didn’t like this. It gives lower case letters and then the child has to look at a keyboard full of upper case letters and type it out. This was hard for my daughter at first. I think it just didn’t give her enough time to switch them in her mind and then find them on the keyboard. She got faster at it though!
We can’t teach reading just based on sounds. If we did, then the words know and no and pale and pail would be the same word. There would be no distinction.
So, Reading Kingdom uses something called “Bit Blends”.
This system helps them to learn how to blend fluently.
And, the student continues to learn how words that sound the same are spelled differently. And, again, writing is used to help them learn that.
The words in Reading Kingdom are organized based on meaning… not letter or sound order. This makes so much more sense. Kids will learn better if there is a story involved. So, instead of a worksheet with a bunch of words that all sound the same except for the first letter (cap, lap, tap), they are give the words within a sentence or story so they can put those new words to use immediately.
I love that picture above! I’ve seen it before and it is such an awesome demonstration about why commas matter!
But seriously, Reading Kingdom uses grammar to help your child understand the English language.
There are 100 commonly used words, but they make up about 60% of the words we see in books.
If you have a good grasp of those words, it will help you to read anything you pick up. Reading Kingdom is currently the only program that uses those words as part of the system of teaching children to read.
Okay, so your child can read… but does he understand what he read??
I know this is a big problem amongst many readers. My 11 year old son even has trouble with this at times.
Reading Kingdom teaches comprehension through a series of steps. They teach all the words within a story before giving the child the story.
They are also taught how to write a summary of a story.
My daughter enjoys the lessons. She especially enjoys the rewards when she gets to a certain number of points. It reveals cute characters and she loves to she their heads pop up out of the boxes.
She had lots of trouble at first with finding the correct letters on the keyboard fast enough. The program only gives her a short time to find a letter and type it on the screen. She does not have a lot of experience with using a keyboard, so it was hard for her to search it for each letter she needed. She has gotten faster at that and is becoming more familiar with the keyboard.
In general, she is gaining more confidence in her reading and I’m excited to see how she progresses over several months!
Information at a glance:
What is it? It is called Reading Kingdom and it is an online reading program.
For whom? Children in ages 4-10.
How much is it? $19.99/month or $199.99 for a year subscription. Currently, they are having a sale on both of those options, though, so go check it out! Also, you can always try it for free for one month!
I highly recommend you watch this video Reading Kingdom has developed to further learn what it’s all about. And, you can click the banner below to hear how other Schoolhouse Review Crew members like it!