Reading eggs is a multi-award winning reading tool for children aged 2-13 years old. It’s purpose is to make learning fun and enjoyable, whilst encouraging children to practise a variety of skills, from phonics and vocabulary, to sight words and fluency.
Created by a team of Primary School teachers, Reading eggs is meant to be used as part of your learning routine at home thanks to a choice of reading games and activities which are engaging and easy-to-follow.
We’ve been using Reading Eggs for a few weeks now, integrating it into our morning and evening routines, and I’ve already noticed strength and confidence in T’s vocabulary. It’s obviously not there to replace school or home-school education, however using it as an extra aid to enforce what T is learning at school has been a real help – especially as certain phonics still get the better of me!
Combining Reading & Technology
T loves to read, so it was natural that he was going to enjoy this and it combines his love of reading and technology. At the moment, he doesn’t have his own tablet, so we downloaded the app onto our phones (you can also use it on your laptop). This means that he can use it anywhere in the home or out and about.
When you start using Reading Eggs your child is invited to take part in an activity to assess what level of reading they’re at. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, it’s there to assess what level of reading your child is at so the app knows where to start. Once complete you’re then ready to go!
There are three levels to Readings Eggs – Junior Reading Eggs (ages 2-4), Reading Eggs (ages 3-7) and Reading Express (age 7 – 13). T sits nicely in the Reading Eggs area due to age and reading level.
When you first enter, you’re presented with the dashboard where your child can explore a variety of activities – games, songs, or books – or take part in more structured lessons. The lessons cover four main areas, spelling, vocabulary, usage and grammar, and range in five levels of difficulty. On the dashboard, you can also see how well your child is progressing and your child can do things such as edit their avatar!
Variety of Lessons
When it comes to the lessons, there is lots of variety. There are some games that T prefers over others, but I imagine this is down to their difficulty or style of activity. With some lessons you have to match a word with, say, a picture or sound – which encourages the reader to practise their word, shape and sound association – and in other lessons you have to find the correct word amongst other words – encouraging them to read the letters and practise their phonic sounds.
With each lesson the reader is given clear instructions (with the opportunity to have the instructions read to them again), and there are an array of characters to fall in love with along the way. As you travel through the map and complete lessons you earn coins to enable the reader to buy new stories, games and songs, to name a few things.
As a Parent…
What I love the most, as well as watching your child’s reading improve in front of you, are the reports that you receive via email occasionally each time your child shows visible improvement. Whether that’s completing an activity a bit faster, or learning a certain set of letters or words.
Within the report you also find out what games they like playing the most, how long your child has spent on the app, as well as how you can help at home to reinforce what they’re learning.
I’d absolutely recommend giving Reading Eggs a go – we even have a FREE trail running until the end of February by clicking here. The app is perfect for after-school activity to compliment learning and can be used on the go when travelling. We used ours recently at a coffee shop when we had some down time after swimming lessons, it was great for allowing T to wind down after the lesson whilst also sneaking in some extra learning.
We were given a complimentary membership to Reading Eggs in exchange for a post on Instagram, however we thought it was so good we wanted to share our thoughts here!
All thoughts, opinions, and imagery are our own.
Ah, yes! George and Molly have both used this app and loved it. So good to see all the features though, maybe we need to dabble again!