Reading Kingdom is an online reading program designed to teach children ages 4-10 how to read and write up to the third grade level. It was created by Dr. Marion Blank, a world renowned reading expert and Director of the Light on Learning Program at Columbia University. A child progresses through each level at his own pace with each section focusing on words that have been mastered. Reading Kingdom can be used in either the home or classroom.
Reading Kingdom focuses on six skill levels that are essential for a good reader to develop such as sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar and comprehension.
When you sign up for the Reading Kingdom, 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 (20% off). Additional children in your account get 50% off ($9.99/month or $99.99/year). You can cancel your subscription at any time. Additional books, kits, and resources are available in the Reading Kingdom Store.
Click here for sample lessons and watch this short video to see Reading Kingdom in action.
Our Experience with Reading Kingdom
Our daughter just turned 5 at the beginning of August and is an excellent reader. I had her tested this past summer and she was reading on a 2nd grade level. That being said, initially this program was frustrating for her because after she took the placement test she was placed in Letter Land which was too simple for her. She became rather bored with the program and every time I reminded her we need to do Reading Kingdom she was less than enthusiastic about it.
I then contacted Reading Kingdom to see if she could be moved to the next level. They were great to work with and we had no problems getting that taken care of.
However, it still seemed that the program focused more on spelling and typing than actually learning to read fluently, or in this case, help her excel past her current reading level. I felt that it really broke the words up in odd ways and had too much of an emphasis on having my daughter choose the correct missing letter with the mouse rather than helping her progress to a higher reading level. I'm sorry to say, this program was not a good fit for us.
As far as online safety concerns, it is a very safe program. There weren't any ads that my daughter could click on and I had no concerns leaving her on the computer to use Reading Kingdom.
If you'd like to try Reading Kingdom for yourself then a risk-free Reading Kingdom account can be created and used free of charge for 30 days.
As I mentioned, if you like the program, a subscription can be purchased for $19.99/mo or $199.99/yr for your first reader. Additional readers are $9.99/mo or $99.99/yr. Additional books, kits, and resources are also available in the Reading Kingdom Store. Plus, if you Click here to sign up for Reading Kingdom's newsletter you will receive two free e-books.
To get a broader perspective, I encourage you to click on the link below to see what other moms thought about Reading Kingdom.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.