Kids Learn to Read with Minimal Supervision


Jennifer is a mom who signed her son up to learn to read with Reading Kingdom, then stepped away and watched the learning take place!

Here’s what she had to say:

“River began at the beginning, learning keyboarding and letter sequencing. He really enjoyed these lessons, each of which was about 15 minutes long, they were short, fun, and really worked. I was so impressed by how quickly he learned where all the letters on the keyboard were. River did run into some problems getting his responses in quickly enough because he’d get distracted, and I was easily able to lengthen the time necessary to answer the prompts. Each time River got a correct answer he was cheered on and a short little cartoon kept his interest, so much so that he’d call me over to see what the characters were doing.

After completing the keyboarding and sequencing sections the lessons moved on to word lessons, with each section finishing with reading a “book” (short pages with the lesson words creating a story). These lessons also start with an assessment and words the child can already spell aren’t taught. This section proved more challenging for River, and with some words he really struggled. After each lesson you’re given the option of going back and working on words the child found challenging. I think that was helpful to him, though his progress report didn’t change, so I’m not sure if it just doesn’t or if he needs more work on those words. In this portion of the program he was also rewarded with a “Great Job” or similar response cheering him on as well as a short little animated cartoon.

One point that’s stressed in the lessons and took me a little while to really grasp is to let the child work on their own. The program is designed to work at his level, and if I’m in the background feeding him tips or answers, the program won’t know where he really needs to be. Once I backed away and let him do it himself the program was better able to gauge what he did, and didn’t understand, and he did better.

Throughout the lessons River was able to reach goals unlocking pages in a “passport”. In the keyboarding and sequencing sections those passport rewards came pretty quickly and that really excited him.

We generally did 2 lessons a day, spending no more than 30 minutes a day on the program. After a few weeks River is, as expected given his age and the short time we’ve been using the program, not reading – but I do see a change. A portion of the lessons require him to pick out certain words from two to three lines of text. This was great for him; it gave him an opportunity to see that the text on a page wasn’t just a huge blob of letters, that when he slowed down there were actual words there. He can pick out the words he’s learned, even in text outside of the lessons. I see a clear change in his comfort level with the whole idea of reading.

There are quite a few informative pages and links available at the drop down menu on the Reading Kingdom home page; I highly recommend checking them out.” – Jody S.

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