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#1 Sue Heck

Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

Does your child use it?
Dd uses it on an almost daily basis and has read over a hundred books at varying levels bot h fiction and non fiction. She has a very high reading age as far as I know but getting her to work on her comprehension has really paid off. She also loves to collect the cards, pets and change her characters clothes. I didn't think much of the testing process tough.

Just curious about what others think as in another Another thread someone mentioned their child thought it was babyish.

#2 0zeKid

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

DD1 has just turned 8 and finds it babyish.

She too is an avid reader - current tests have her reading at a year and a half ahead of children her age - which may contribute to why she said what she did.

She has done 22 levels however, only read one book in that time.

#3 DrFeral

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

Have tried it. Dd is 5 and llikes the books (is well above her grade/age level) but I think she prefers the feel of a real book compared to reading on the screen. She got somewhat worried about the comprehension testing until she realised it was ok if she made a mistake- think this is because she is a bit of a perfectionist!  That said she hasn't really taken to it as she'd rather spend hours in her room reading to herself. (Latest interest "Diary of a Wimp kid"  rolleyes.gif ) I think that perhaps that it might be better on a tablet device as it might give a better reading feel- we'd be been using it on a computer connected to a lcd screen.

Just a note: when dd started reading eggs, reading eggspress didn't exist so we maxed out the program really quickly. We have only started again through the school this year ( frustrating as we couldn't transfer any progress across from the original reading eggs/ spelling bit).  We haven't really spent that much checking things out yet.

That said I couldn't imagine my ds liking it- he isn't one for token rewards and this would never motivate him! He will only read stuff he's interested in and collecting points/ tokens /characters wouldn't hold his interest for long. I think for a child that is extrinsicly motivated that reading eggspress will be highly motivating. Those cards look way cool (I like them!)

Edited by LeSm, 03 January 2013 - 08:53 PM.


#4 ednaboo

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

I found it great for my kids when they were starting to recognise words - so from about 4yo in our case.  Their reading really took off when we started RE.  I found we only needed it for 6-12 months though.

#5 Heffalump

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:47 AM

DD finished the RE and by that time was reading chapter books - went on to Reading Eggpress and found it boring.  As she was reading (and comprehending) independently, I didn't bother continuing to encourage her to use Eggress, so that extra 2 year subscription was a bit of a waste of money (except that she does go back and play the games from time to time for old times sake!).

DD has always preferred holding a book to sitting and reading at a computer though.

#6 millie_11

Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

QUOTE (Heffalump @ 04/01/2013, 11:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DD has always preferred holding a book to sitting and reading at a computer though.



We found the same was an issue for DS1 with Reading Eggpress - when he did reading eggs we had to buy the book packs (and for levels 81-120 that don't have book packs you can buy I had to print the pages out and make up the books for him mellow.gif ). When he got to the end of the lesson and it was time for the book he got so excited finding the right pack / book and reading it.

So with Reading Eggspress not having 'real' books he hasn't shown too much interest in it... Although I have to say I think it looks really good from a comprehension and grammar learning perspective. He prefers to read real books and I ask him some comprehension questions.

Interesting that even though kids are growing up with iPads etc they still like the feel of a real paper book!




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