Reading Eggs is not a new company, so you likely have heard of it. That being said, you probably only know it as an online program that teaches reading. It actually teaches more than just little ones how to read… it also has higher level reading, which includes comprehension, it has math lessons, and now you can add physical workbooks to that list! I was happy to hear about this because while computers are the way we do so many things now (like this website), I still think writing with a pencil and paper is important (and highly underrated!).
The workbook my daughter has been using is called 200 Essential Reading Skills for Fifth Grade and she has been working on it for a few weeks now.
These workbooks are brand new and we are one of the privileged few to be the first to try them out.
Workbook Lesson Plan Layout
The workbook is organized really well. Each page says “Week # Day #” at the top. So, on the first day of your school week, you start with day 1 of whatever week you are in and then just continue on as you go about your week.
The schedule is laid out in a 5 day week, which assumes you are doing school work from Monday to Friday each week. We don’t do our homeschooling that way. We go to a homeschool tutorial on Mondays, so our schooling at home doesn’t start until Tuesday. For this reason, I really prefer a curriculum that is based on a 4 day work week or is flexible on what you are doing on which days. That being said, it’s not like this is the first curriculum we have used that is based on a 5 day week, so we were able to figure out how to use it the best way for us. I will lay that out a little bit later in this review.
Here, Olivia is beginning one of the Comprehension pages in the workbook:
Here is the way the book suggests you used the workbook:
- Day 1 – Reading Comprehension
- Day 2 – Reading Comprehension
- Day 3 – Spelling
- Day 4 – Spelling
- Day 5 – Grammar
And each week repeats just like that.
After 9 weeks, there is a “Review” that you can use as a test to see how well your child is retaining knowledge. It has 3 parts, just like the daily lessons… comprehension, spelling, and grammar. In the directions for the review, it tells the student to go back and look up rules if they are unsure of an answer. With that information, it is truly more like a review than a test. However, just like anything in the homeschool world, you could decide if you want it to be a review or a “test”. We haven’t had the book long enough to get to a review and I’m not sure yet how I will use that section.
How we adapted it for a 4 day homeschool week
Like I said before, we only do at home 4 days a week, because we are at a tutorial on the other day. I’ll be honest, we are still playing around with how to do this book the best way to adapt for that but I will share what we have done so far.
- Day 1 – Comprehension
- Day 2 – Comprehension
- Day 3 – Spelling
- Day 4 – Spelling
And then IF there is extra time somewhere in the week, she will do the Grammar page, which is labeled as “Day 5” in the workbook.
The reason I opted for this route is because I actually have 2 other curricula she is currently using where she is getting grammar instruction. So I felt it was an easy page I could just throw out.
What We Think
I like this workbook. It challenges Olivia in her reading comprehension and spelling skills, which is great. And it only takes 15-20 minutes each day, so we can still do all of our other work as well.
The company states that using their program is proven to increase reading levels for your student. That sounds good to me! Reading is the foundation for almost every other subject, so it is crucial our kids can read and further, can comprehend what they have just read!
Olivia’s vocabulary has already increased, both from words she has learned on the comprehension pages (example above) and the spelling pages (example below).
She will continue to work through this workbook the rest of the year.
Also, if you already have a subscription to the Reading Eggs online program, the stories your child reads online will coincide with the ones in the workbook. We have had a lot going on lately, so I only had Olivia do the workbook, but I may have her get on the online program now and then as well.
Other TOS crew members reviewed these workbooks as well. If you want to see what they thought or see examples of workbook pages from other grades, click the “read more” banner below.