Friday, February 24, 2012

TOS Crew Reading Eggs Review

Reading Eggs

What is Reading Eggs?

From The Reading Eggs' Website:

Learning to read
Learning to read is an important skill for all children. And we wanted to make it an enjoyable experience for children as well. Children love working and playing on the computer and the Reading Eggs program is all about bringing out the best in each child.

Learn to read with Reading Eggs
Reading Eggs
We created Reading Eggs as a unique online world where children learn to read. It supports each child’s learning by offering individual, one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate.

Reading Eggs

Educationally sound

The program has been developed by a highly experienced team of educational teachers, writers and developers. The Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s results at school.

Children love it!

With interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of rewards, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read. Children are highly motivated to return again and again. At Reading Eggs, learning to read is enjoyable as well as very rewarding. Every lesson ends with a new book and a new critter to add to your growing collection.

And it’s growing!

Reading Eggs now has 100 big lessons. These 100 lessons are perfect for 4 to 7 year olds who are learning to read.
We are still building more NEW lessons for our older Eggsplorers as part of Reading Eggs World. This world is perfect for 6-8 year olds who already know the basics of reading but who still have much to learn about reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension. This exciting new world has lots of new lessons, a creative story writing factory, new games and will soon have many wonderful new books to read in Storylands. The learning focuses on building reading fluency and comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and a range of writing skills including grammar and punctuation.
In Reading Eggs World, children have their own house to decorate, a big new shop and an avatar that can walk and travel to many new destinations on Reggie’s bus. Children are able to choose their own adventure from a wide range of activities and places to go.
This new world of interactive reading and writing activities will help to set kids up with positive attitudes about reading and learning for life. That’s a tall order, we know, but we are passionately committed to delivering this to hatching readers everywhere. Please join us on this magical journey of eggsploration.

Our experience:  Upon signing up, my 8 year old daughter set out to take the placement test.   Reading Eggs ranked her as having the read skills of a 5.5 year old and placed her at Map 8 out of 13.  The lessons were boring and extremely easy for her.  In one excercise, it had her put simple words in the correct order to make a sentence.  After she did that, the program had her do it again.   She was not happy.  

Reading Eggs

The rest of the 'younger' area was very difficult to navigate.  So, I had to email the company and ask them how to change her lesson level.  Even after upping her reading level to 13, the lessons were still too easy.

With that, I had her go over to the 'older' section and look around.  This area reminded me of Facebook's 'Yo-ville' and is filled with bizarre alien-like creatures along with 'normal' humans.  Neither one of us liked this area.
Reading Eggs
Needless to say, this was not a hit in our household. 
Try a Sample Lesson of Reading Eggs for yourself.
Reading Eggs subscriptions are as follows:
1 year subscription - $75.00
6 month subscription - $49.95
Monthly subscription - $9.95
Disclaimer:  I received a subscription free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. I don't think I've ever seen a negative TOS review before...but I'm thankful for this one! I'm not even in the market for a phonics curriculum, but I will say that I have tended to discount TOS reviews because I've never seen a bad one - so I figured it was a requirement that you all rave about the products since you got them for free. Refreshing to see some real honesty!