Since I work full time, I have to rely on the school system to teach my kids. Good or bad, I feel that I have very little control over my kids education. I honestly applaud to moms who home school their kids, but I know wouldn’t be able to do it on my own. Almost a year ago I came across Reading Kingdom and figured I should at least give it a try. My 4-year old was already a fan of another online education program and I was curious to compare one against another from the price as well as education value.
You can find my first review here. We spent few weeks learning the basics of the program and testing different features just to understand how useful it might be for our family. It starts with a placement test, just so your child gets placed into the correct level depending on what s/he already knows. As you can see on the picture below, my daughter now is on the level 2 of this program.
Looking back i can tell you that at first I was judging this program by its entertainment element and found it a bit boring after a while. Because I was comparing it to another program that was highly addictive and fun, Reading Kingdom was definitely losing points. However, as the time went on, I found that my daughter was still interested in Reading Kingdom, while the other more entertaining program was getting left out more and more often.
My daughter loves her online pre-school and she made a great progress over the last 10 months. When we started the program, she was at the stage of recognizing certain words. Today she has no problems reading small books, street signs or magazine headlights.
The program itself is evolving and went through few updates since we started using it. It probably still doesn’t have the best animation (because let’s face it, if we want top of the line animation, we watch cartoons like Ice Age), but educational value of it is amazing.
You will not move onto the next level until you are ready to.
You will not get a good score unless you deserve it.