Thursday, 27 March 2014

Reading Eggs and Codes for Extended Free Trial


Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources
Abby is quite good with her reading, and is already reading year 2 level books at school (she's year 1). However, like me and you, she has her preference when it comes to book genres, and she can become difficult when she is reading a book she isn't interested in. I do think it's a good thing to let her read a bit of everything, as it'll help her with her literature and writing, but to keep her interested, we should really have a source of books that she likes as well.

We have quite a lot of children books at home, but we aren't familiar with what is suitable for her level of reading, and most of our books are either too easy or too hard for her. When we were offered to review Reading Eggs' service, I thought that it would be a better solution than buying/ borrowing more books for her.


Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources

Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources

Reading Eggs is split into 2 section - Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress.

Reading Eggs focus on learn-to-read skills, including spellings and phonics, and ReadingEggspress focus on further reading skills. You can also access the library with over 1500 e-books here. It is recommended for 7 years +, but do check it out if your child is more advanced in reading. 


Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources

Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources

You can also subscribe to Mathseeds, which is more for preschoolers and some year 1s.

I like it that both Reading Eggs and Mathseeds ask children to take an ability test, and use the result to allocate children to the correct stage to start. Abby has been located to the end stage of Mathseeds, so we didn't review it. I might start Clay on it though.

Abby has been located to Reading Eggs lesson 112, which is on the last stage of the lessons. Lessons are focused on literacy, including spellings, phonics and grammars.


Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources

Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources
Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources

Although she's quite advanced in her reading, she still had lots of fun playing the games on Reading Eggs. There is a lot of things children can do, and it encourages children to learn and let them test their knowledge through play. By finishing each challenge/ game they get to collect golden eggs, which they can use to buy things for their character and house.


Reading Eggs, Homeschooling, Primary Education Resources

Reading Eggspress is very similar, but with more advanced games. They also provide children Targets to hit, which make them achieve something more than earning eggs for shopping. I like their library section, splitting books in different genres, so children can find something they like easily. Books are also similar to the ones they get from school (they start at Year 2 level) so it will kind of work with the school's reading system. 

Thing is, I'm not keen in bringing school books on holiday as we might loose them or ruin them by accident. Reading Eggs can be accessed through the internet on any laptops or tablets, so you can access it anywhere you want without bringing a stack of books with you.

The games are quite fun as well, though Abby isn't very keen in timers. Perhaps with more practise she will be able to fly through them.


Reading Eggs also have a nice range of apps for children to play on their tablets. There are currently more choices for iOS (can you sense my sour tone?) and a couple for Android. Having tried out the 3 years + apps on Android with Clay, I would say that it'll be easier if children are already learning in preschool, or have parents teaching them alphabets already. Clay learned his phonics from watching Alphablocks, and I heard him saying the phonics along with the TV, but as soon as he started playing the game he got a bit confused and just smashed eggs and oinks the piggies for fun (the game is really funny!).

Reading Eggs has also just launched The Eggsperts, a new series of interactive appisodes for iPad (I feel so sad), which can be purchased from iTunes. The appisode "Star Jump" will be free to download though. To see what it's about, you can check out their YouTube video here.


Overall, we think that Reading Eggs is a fantastic website, and a perfect place for primary school children to practise what they've learned at school, and for homeschoolers to learn all about phonics, spellings and reading. We were a bit confused when we first started out as there is so much to do. But after trying them one by one, we got the hang of it within minutes and Abby soon found out what interest her most. Although she is quite advanced, there is still plenty for her to do, giving her lots of opportunities to practise what she has learned at school.

If you haven't tried Reading Eggs before, do give them a go. With the code UKB27RET your child can trial Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress for 4 weeks instead of the usual 2 weeks, and the code UKB27MST to trial Mathseeds for 4 weeks instead of 2 as well.