You may remember from this post, that Sawyer has been using the online Reading Kingdom system. He’s been using Reading Kingdom now for over a month. Since he is just 4 years old, I haven’t pushed it. I allow him to ask for it when he wants it. He usually uses the online system a couple of times per week.
Reading Kingdom is an alternative to phonics that focuses on the mastery of six skills vital for reading success: sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, grammar, and comprehension. Sawyer hasn’t worked with the system enough to have mastered all of these and be reading on his own yet. But I can say that I have seen improvement in most if not all of these skills. It has definitely allowed him to hone his fine motor skills with the mouse and keyboard. And he has gotten the hang of the left to right sequencing required for reading.
I will admit, though. Sometimes he gets very frustrated with the pace of the program. But this might be less an issue with the program and more an issue with my impatient little guy! He’ll make a mistake (usually because he cannot find the letter quick enough on the keyboard or he holds it down too long and the computer reads it as two of that letter), then he’ll go to immediately fix it and get very frustrated that he has to wait for the program to finish talking and showing him his mistake first. I usually just have to remind him gently that he has to wait until “she” is done taking before pushing letters.
But he does get VERY excited when he gets things right. The program will have him type a letter or two at the beginning of a word and then it will say the sound and the word. He gets so excited and exclaims, “Mommy, I just read ‘_____’!” It’s really cool when he is so excited about learning to read!
So we’ll keep on keepin’ on with Reading Kingdom and let you know how it goes. If you want to join us, they offer a FREE 30 day trial here.
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