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Reading Kingdom is an online program for children teaching reading skills include sequencing, motor skills, phonics (phonemic awareness), meaning, grammar and reading comprehension. Check out this short video starring the infamous, Cindy Crawford.
Drama King is an 8 year old dyslexic that struggles drastically with reading. We have tried multipleapproaches with him with little improvement and a lot of fighting and tears. Reading Kingdom has been different from the first day. Drama King boasts, “I’m doing these session so fast.” The only struggle we’ve faced has been time management because Drama King is away from home at a summer program for most of the day and just wants to relax when he gets home. We’ve worked around this by having him do extra sessions on the weekend and only a couple sessions during the week.
As Drama King progressed through the program, he noticed a couple things that really bothered him. First, we had trouble getting our keyboard to work with the program so we had to use the on-screen keyboard. This didn’t really cause much of an issue but he’s certainly slower when it comes to clicking verses typing. The other issue was our biggest problem all together: the font. The chosen font is not ideal for distinguishing between similar letters like I (uppercase i) and l (lowercase L). I would suggest using a font where the characters are unique to aid quicker learning for children. I would recommend using OpenDyslexic due to it’s ease of reading for dyslexics. As Drama King progressed through the program, he noticed that the letters in the game didn’t match the letters in the on screen keyboard. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not but it distracted Drama King enough that he complained about it not matching.
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We have stopped multiple reading programs as they weren't working for Drama King but he's still going strong with this program. He enjoys playing the games and we'll be keeping an eye on him to see if this works out for him in the long run. It is certainly worth the cost!
3.5 / 5 stars
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Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, she responds to Yoast support requests, and she loves to ramble on about anything. When not doing those, she can be found slaving over the kitchen stove cooking for her family, curled up with a good book or watching any one of her favorite TV shows.