Monday, March 7, 2011
My Princess of the Reading Kingdom
It is certainly no secret that our Princess has struggled with reading. For a little girl who has always enjoyed listening to stories read aloud, the magic of unlocking the written word for herself has eluded her. She learned the alphabet and the individual sounds that letters make early (before she was 4) -- but has had the hardest time making those letters form words that she could understand.
It has saddened my heart to watch her struggle over the years. NOT because I was upset that she couldn't yet read because I know that "for everything there is a season" and it WILL click; but because at the ripe old ages of 8 and 9, she has had to deal with peer pressure in the activities of life. Watching your child endure the laughter of others is enough to break a mother's heart.
As you know, I've purposed to make this year a fun year of education at Long Leaf Academy -- and I have prayed for just the right things to unlock the mysteries of reading real words for our Princess. She continues to go twice a week to her "Reading Club" of one-on-one tutoring and we have been blessed with the chance to review the online program Reading Kingdom for an encouraging reinforcement at home.
Designed by Dr. Marion Blank, a leading literacy expert, Reading Kingdom is an interactive, subscription-based, online reading program. A creative tool to teach children ages 4-10 how to read and write, it is compatible with any curriculum you may currently be using. In an engaging atmosphere and using a multi-faceted approach, Reading Kingdom will take your child through the 6 skills essential to reading and will assist them with sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar and comprehension.
As your child works through the program, it self-adjusts based on their skill level -- making sure to reinforce those things they need the most help with and (if used consistently) will teach your child to read and write on a 3rd Grade Level! Since every child is unique and has a unique learning style, Reading Kingdom provides a one-of-a-kind learning environment.
So, how did it work for us? After I set up our account, my Princess logged on and immediately began the Introduction to Reading and Writing. She did an initial Keyboard Training Session and then moved into her Skills Survey (see screenshot below). Learning to listen patiently and follow directions precisely has been an ongoing struggle for her. These are character traits that we continually focus on in ALL areas of her life, so it was no surprise that she would need to slow down here in order to do her very best.
The learning sessions last about 15 minutes per day and hold the Princess' attention the entire time she is working on a session. There have even been times that she finished one session and asked to repeat it or move on to the next. She easily mastered the Seeing Sequences Section and moved smoothly into Letter Land. The lack of patience that I mentioned before has had her camped out in Letter Land, but she is making great strides in learning letter placement on the computer keyboard -- an added benefit to Reading Kingdom in my opinion!
An animal lover, the Princess' very favorite part of Reading Kingdom has been the sweet Owl friend that serves as a guide to see her through the program. She enjoys working on Reading Kingdom each day -- and does so without a fuss. We have been blessed with its addition to our daily schedule and I am seeing results as her reading skills come into "season." Best of all, SHE is seeing results and that makes all the difference in the world.
You can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial and see your Prince or Princess get excited about all that Reading Kingdom has to offer. After you have enjoyed Reading Kingdom during the trial period, you can subscribe for $19.99 a month (with no monthly minimum) or $199.99 for a 12-month subscription. If you have more than one child in your family that can benefit from Reading Kingdom, they can be added to your account for an additional $9.99 a month. There is currently a special deal when you purchase a 12-month subscription, so be sure to check it out here.
For more information, you can also check out Reading Kingdom on FaceBook.
~~I was given the opportunity to use and review Reading Kingdom as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone. I was not paid to share my thoughts and feelings with you. I encourage you to check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the TOS Homeschool Crew thought of Reading Kingdom HERE .~~ Pin It Now!