Reading Kingdom~One Option for When Phonics Doesn’t Work

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Reading Kingdom is an online reading curriculum to help your children learn to read, developed by Dr. Marion Blank.  It does not use phonics, but covers many skill needed for reading, writing and comprehension. 

The Reading Kingdom is a fun, easy-to-use online program that teaches
children 4-10 years old how to read and write to a third grade level.

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  • It customizes itself to each child
  • Most children can do the program on their own after just a few weeks
  • It’s fun and children enjoy doing it
  • It’s created by Dr. Marion Blank, one of the world’s top experts in literacy
  • It works with any other curriculum a child may be using
  • And, it’s the only system that teaches all 6 skills needed for reading & writing success!

     

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  • First you sign your child up, which took very little time and was really simple.  Then your child will complete a skills assessment.  After the assessment, most younger children or children who are not familiar with the mouse and computer keyboard will complete some training on how to use these.  This will likely take around two weeks, before they move onto the reading skills and learning aspects of this program.  I found this to be very beneficial for my 8 year old.  My five year old, who I had anticipate using this program became very frustrated and so I allowed her to stop using this program.  From my observations, I believe it had a lot to do with her vision struggles.  There is a page of tutorials to help over come some of the issues with this.

    The initial assessment places student where they need to be to gain the most from this program.  Each child’s lessons are fully customized to their needs according to their assessment and previous work in their lessons. 

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    This is a screen shot that helps you understand where your child is in the program.  I found this helpful, so I could tailor our other work around some of the skills she was working on.

    One issue my eight year old had with this program is that she would correctly type in the response to the question, and the program would act as if she had not answered or answered incorrectly.  This was quite frustrating for her.  With time, she did get to where the program was much better at accepting her answers.  I am pleased that she was gaining confidence in using the computer, completing each days work, and gaining skills that we had not covered.  I will have her continue to use the program and hope to have my five year old get back into it as her vision improves.  She enjoys using this program and will do several lessons at each setting. 

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    This is a screen shot from the sequencing level.  It also helps to build keyboarding and mouse skills.

    Pricing:

    You receive a free 30 day trial. After that, subscriptions to Reading Kingdom are $19.99/month (with no monthly minimum), or $199.99 per year. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

    Though this is somewhat expensive, I think it could benefit some families, who would rather use a program that is not phonics based.  Personally I am fond of phonics, but know not all children will learn to read using only phonics.  This program would benefit those children.  Here is more information on The Reading Kingdom’s approach to teaching children to read.

    If you would like to see if this program is a good fit for your child, I encourage you to check out this page.  

    Check out what other members of the TOS Crew had to say in their reviews.

    As part of the TOS Crew, I was given a one year subscription for my children to use.  We will not receive any further compensation.  

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    1. As a tutor who specializes in helping young children learn to read, I am often given the ones struggling with their ability to read. I have found that if children know their phonic sounds, but are unable to blend them to form words, It is because they are enunciating some of them incorrectly. For example: if they are pronouncing D like DU, they sound out the word daddy like du-a-du-y.

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