Updated: Nov 20, 2019
When I say I've tried it all, I mean, I have TRIED it all.
Having three kids means three different learning styles, and no three are the same. So when two were struggling with math and reading, I went to the internet to find help.
After scouring pages of information that come with a "Teach My Child To Read" search, I lucked into ReadingEggs.com There was a free 2-week trial, and I didn't have to put in payment information (Score!), so I shrugged my shoulders and thought, What do I have to lose?
What I should have said was, what do I have to gain?
The reality is this, the past few months have been transformative and confidence-boosting to ALL THREE kids.
Here are my top reasons for why Reading Eggs & MathSeeds work for my family:
ALL THREE CAN USE THE SAME PROGRAM. That's right, all three kids of various ages (designed for 3-12-year-olds) can use the same program for one price. That's a big deal to penny pinchers like myself. For a year membership of the family subscription, my cost was $89.00. Included in the member is:
Reading Eggs Reading Eggs Junior Reading Eggspress Mathseeds Detailed assessment reports 2500+ reading books 200+ printable worksheets Access for up to 4 children
I loved that ALL of this was included and could be accessed on a desktop computer, smartphone, and tablet. On the go learning at it's most beautiful - with few to zero glitches experienced. I cannot say the same for other programs we've tried!
Why I love it and felt the urge to write about it:
It Grows when they grow! The brainiacs behind the product put effort and science into the various learning styles children possess. The developers and designers use Lexile and Quantile growth charts to track your child's progress. That is a fancy way of saying it measures reading ranges from beginning readers to college- and career-ready readers. All of this information is easily accessible via the Family Dashboard when you log in. I found this feature helped me know where to focus my attention and also where to praise the leaps and bounds my child was/is making.
ENGAGING. The characters that come to life throughout the lessons will have your children laughing, singing, dancing, and yelling, "MOM!! COME SEE THIS!!!" The games and lessons vary and never repeat; unlike the redundancy, we found with other programs.
AGE APPROPRIATE: As stated above, it grows when they grow. Maybe your child is at a lower reading level than what the world says they should be. (Example: Age 8, reading at age 5.75) ReadingEggs is going to help boost that score and, in turn, yours and your child's confidence!
CONFIDENCE BOOSTING: I've been a witness to this from the very first time we started using Reading Eggs & Math Seeds. All three kids took their placement "test" and started at their appropriate level. It became a goal to get to the next level or map - and when those stars light up at the end of a "Show Me Your Skills" test, well, the smiles on their faces say more than anything I could ever type. **Another key to boosting confidence is that my children can work the program independently. That is HUGE for children that might often need extra help in a classroom setting and feel like they can never quite do it on their own. If they have questions or want to show off, they can say, "I need help!" and I'll come running versus having to sit and work each lesson together. (Although, that's an option too depending on your learner or the vibe of your day.)
BONUS MATERIAL: If you are looking to get kids off of screens and using their hands, the Eggsperts thought of that as well. They have compiled a set of activity sheets that correlate with the reading and math lessons that your child is currently on. Press 'print', and your kids will be doing double duty on their education. I have found this feature to be a time and money saver as I didn't have to scour the internet for curriculum or activities, and I wasn't spending additional money on workbooks that either sat there or were completed in a few days. *Also available are offline supplements for a Reading Eggs or Mathseeds subscription in the form of Book Packs. These are additional purchases to the subscription, and I have not used them.
SAMPLE LESSONS & PLANNING: If you homeschool, this is one of the most comprehensive programs I have found, especially if you are just starting out. When I say they thought of everything, I'm not joking. The Eggsperts have put together a schedule for you follow or at the very least, all the tools and information you will need to create a plan that works for you and your family. See a sample of the Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade.
I want to hug the educators and therapists who had a hand in creating the curriculum because it's clear, so many different factors went into the production and implementation of this program. If your child is struggling or you just want a safe and enriching program to work on Reading or Math in addition to their school day, ReadingEggs and MathSeeds is a great place to land.
***If you have children who are on an IEP or 504 plan, this program works GREAT at growing your child's skills.
Speech problems? The amount of emphasis on articulation and annunciation blew me away. People (myself included) have spent oodles of dollars to have my kid sit with a therapist and work on these skills. This is just another example of the time and care put into this program.
Have questions? Want to know more? Comment below or shoot me an email. I will do my best to help!
Disclosure: If you use my link, I am eligible to receive an additional two weeks to my Family Subscription.