Teaching children to read: The full story

The right recipe for teaching children to read can be found in Reading Kingdom’s six skills method.  Angela is a parent/educator who uses Reading Kingdom with her son.  Here’s what she has to say about how our approach can consistently teach children how to read and write.

“Reading Kingdom immediately appealed to my son because it was computer-based, easy for him to use, and the lessons/games were interactive.  In this tech savvy generation, anything that can be taught via computer/video game method seems to be a hit… especially with the boys at my house.  This is one time I’m not complaining about screen time because while he is having fun, I know he is learning.  His enthusiasm to practice is great from this Teacher/Mom’s standpoint.

Even though my 8 year stint in the public school system was in an elementary music classroom, I was around long enough to see methodology cycle and change.  A great debate in primary school classrooms always lies between whether or not to use the phonics or whole language approach exclusively when teaching children to read.  Reading Kingdom is unique in that it incorporates elements of both phonics and whole language while teaching additional skills needed to achieve reading and writing success. Rather than requiring kids to learn numerous complicated rules, it utilizes the six skills method for reading which teaches the rules implicitly.  It focuses on sequencing, motor skills, phonemic awareness, meaning, grammar, and reading comprehension.  Because of this special model, the online program works with and supports any curriculum and is actually being successfully used in homeschools, preschool – 3rd grade classrooms, ESL programs, and special education classes.  Jeremiah is a struggling reader, and this program was definitely beneficial to him.

When beginning the Reading Kingdom program, parents are given the direction to allow the kids to complete this program on their own.  With the exception of keyboard questions and mouse control, the parents are to take a backseat.  This direction is hard for a Momma like me who tends to hover when the kids are online.  However, this site is completely safe.  There are no ads or things to be concerned about the children encountering.  While I still made sure I was close by, my son had a lot of autonomy with this program – which he enjoyed!

One other feature I want to call your attention to is the Resources tab.  In this section, you will find videos, tutorials, and answers to your questions.  Holiday-themed worksheets, interactive games to practice comprehension, sight-word study, activities, and recommended books are all included.  There are even weekly learning tips available.  You’ll definitely want to utilize this section in addition to the program.” — Angela Wells

Our formula for success can be applied to any reader, regardless of learning level.  Reading Kingdom can even successfully teach struggling readers how to read.  Click here for a free 30 day trial of our online reading program and see how Lingo and company can bring success into your home or classroom today!