This beauty really pops when you view it doesn’t it? I have a tendency to lean towards the blue hues family so I am a little prejudice when I say I really like this. With blues, purples and a little green thrown in it really does seem to make you want to lose yourself with a good book while lying on this under a blue sky. I also seem to like it because it is a circle design, not some run of the mill square or rectangle. It really makes it very different.
Reading Kingdom is an online literacy program that teaches K-3 students how to read and write to a 3rd grade level. Students begin by taking a survey to determine their proficiency level, which ensures that students start with material that is an appropriate difficulty. The Reading Kingdom teaches six skills: sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar, and comprehension. For students who need it, the program starts with the basic sequencing skills that are fundamental for later literacy education. Additionally, students can learn sequencing using a digital keyboard, teaching them the location of each letter on the traditional keyboard.
Students then move on to the comprehension and writing phase. They are tasked with analyzing and completing basic phrases, transitioning up to sentences, paragraphs, and full stories. There are 5 difficulty levels with 6 books for each level. Prior to reading a book, students are taught all of the words that are going to be in that book in 4 different teaching formats. This system was designed to give students confidence as they progress through each book, as well as better identify which concepts (not just words) are causing them the most trouble.
After each level, there is a progress check to determine mastery of the previous material. If a student passes the check, they move on to the next book. If a student is still struggling with certain concepts, the program delivers reading and writing challenges specific to those concepts. The Reading Kingdom provides a detailed report on each student’s progress that can be accessed by teachers and parents on the website.
After a free 30-day trial, parents must pay $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year, and every additional child on the account gets a 50% discount. Teachers and schools can take advantage of significant discounts by contacting the company.
The Reading Kingdom team is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The program was released in 2011. They won the homeschool.com Top Home School Curriculum Award in 2013.