Reading Eggs Review“>Reading Eggs- Learn to Read Online with Phonics in 5 Weeks from ages 3-13.

One of the great benefits of homeschooling for our family is the ability to help each child learn in their own way at their own pace.  My last child has been much slower to read than the previous three.  At the beginning of this year (which would be her first grade year in school), she was still struggling to recognize some letters.  She has come a long way, but she is far from being a fluent reader.  So, I was excited about the opportunity to review Reading Eggs, an online reading program.

Here is the program in a nutshell:  It is an online learning environment set up similar to Webkinz or other programs that allow children to play independently or in community with other online players.  The younger version of the website called Reading Eggs is for prereaders and beginning readers.  The older version is called Reading Eggspress and is for readers who are beginning to read chapter books through 13 year olds.  Children work their way through a series of lessons which build on each other.  Parents can check progress including lessons completed and mastery levels.

Good things about the program:
* I like that parents can see progress.  I’m big on being able to see something visually, and I like the handy little line that shows your child’s completion of lessons.
* The program is cute and has good eye catching graphics.
* Lessons are progressive, increasing in difficulty with mastery.
* There is a placement test to identify at what level the child should begin the program.

And the not so good:
* All of my children- even the little ones- thought the program was very childish looking.  My older kids- who are both under the 13 year old age couldn’t believe it was marketed for their age group.
* The program was difficult to navigate- especially the Eggspress.  My 7 year old had a very difficult time knowing what to do.  Even with my help, we stumbled around for quite a while before we figured it out.  And there were a few games that I couldn’t figure out.
* The cost is really much for my family of four.  The monthly subscription is 9.95 and 50% off of additional children.  For me, that is quite a bit to pay for just a reading program.

I was disappointed in Reading Eggs.  It isn’t something I would choose to pay for.  It’s cute, and if it were easier to figure out, I think kids who really enjoyed online learning would find some benefit in the program.  But, it isn’t a good fit for us and not really all that good in my opinion.

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by“>The Homeschool Lounge Review Team. I received a 5 week membership to“>Reading Eggs to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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