Sunday, August 18, 2013

Reading Kingdom ~Schoolhouse Review

Reading Kingdom logo

Reading Kingdom is an online reading program developed for children ages 4 - 10 or roughly those children that are at a PreK to a 3rd grade reading level. Dr. Marion Blank, a co-founder, spent more than 40 years studying how children learn to read.
Dr. Blank has devoted her life to helping children learn to read, and she has used her innovative methods to help literally thousands of kids. Now with her groundbreaking new reading program, The Reading Kingdom, she is making her system available to every parent.

We were fortunate to be able to try this curriculum out for a second time through the Old Schoolhouse Review crew. Although my son is 13, due to his special needs he is somewhere around a 2nd grade level for reading. For him reading has always been 3 steps forward and 2 steps back. In fact, that is how it is with most of his learning. Reading Kingdom can be customized to the level your child needs. It works on six skills -sequencing, motor skills, phonics, meaning, grammar and reading comprehension. Last year I had him use Reading Kingdom as his primary reading program and he got almost 3/4 of the way through the program. So this time due to the fact he needed some reviewing after we took July off, I had them set his levels at level 3. The customer service is quick and they are able to adjust your child's levels if needed.

The really cool thing about Reading Kingdom is that it goes way beyond just reading. It includes spelling and typing! With my son having Prader-Willi Syndrome he has problems with an extremely short attention span and short-term auditory memory. He is very distracted by everything around him including a car driving down the street....and forget it if anyone is outside mowing...he cannot work. Yet he has an unusually good long-term memory. (a whole lot better than mine!) The program uses a LOT of repetition and presenting the words in different forms and in different ways. I believe this is why the program has worked so well for my son! They hear the word, they type the word and then they read it in a sentence. I can honestly say A~man has made the most progress in his reading and spelling since using Reading Kingdom the last year.

someone needs to clean off their computer monitor...

If you are just doing one session a day it takes approximately 20 minutes. (of course this would depend on your child) We normally do two sessions though and between them I get him to do some chores around the house for about 10 minutes. Then we do another session. The graphics are a little young but since he is at a younger developmental level he doesn't seem to mind. He genuinely enjoys the program and I have had little to no resistance to him doing it daily. (we usually do school 6 short days a week) He was able to do the tasks completely on his own!

I HIGHLY recommend this program to other parents, especially other families that have a child with a disability. I think this would also work well for children who have autism. (my son has both autism and PWS) It would even be beneficial for families that do not homeschool as the sessions take less than a half hour. 

They have a 30 Day Free Trial and after that it is $19.99 a month or a one-time payment of $199.99 a year. They have a special offer going on right now for 25% if you sign up and start your billing right away. That would be $14.99 a month or $149.00 a year for a one-time payment. I think that is well worth this product!


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