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Reading Kingdom Children's App Review

         Being that my four year old is out of school for the summer, I want her to continue to learn and stay on top of all the things she learned in school this year.  Also having a teaching background I love using the internet to help her find new websites that are both fun and help her to learn.  I have tried all the learning websites I've come across and was excited to get an opportunity to try out Reading Kingdom for her.
        What I liked about this site was the ease of signing up.  The website clearly states that they don't recommend the site for children under 4 and after getting onto the site I can see why not.  My four year old played on it for about 10 minutes before she said she wanted to visit another website.  The bad part is that it is only a three day free trial, unlike other sites that give you a week to try it out before you decide if you want to purchase a subscription.

        The site gives an initial test to see where your child ranks in the grand scheme of things in order to correctly give your child a specialized learning experience.  You have to option to use the physical keyboard or have your child use a virtual keyboard.  From what I was able to see of the program it helps with letter recognition and sight word recognition along with typing skills.  This is a skill that I have not seen on the other comparable sites and would love for Mikayla to type on the computer daily to help with letter recognition.
        I do have to say I did not like that the site was only one color and wasn't really geared for children to have fun while learning.  So my four year old became bored very quickly as she literally said, "This is too boring, I want to play a different game."  I think this site could be really good, if they tried to gear it toward most children's short attention span for things like learning.  Being able to interact more with characters or animals would allow children to want to stay of the site longer than 5 minutes at a time.  Just having them work with letters and typing words isn't going to keep most kids interested or wanting parents to spend money to have a subscription on something their children aren't going to use.

Cost/Available to Purchase: $19.99/month
Recommendation:  I would recommend this site for older children, not for 4 or 5 year old's who don't have a large attention span.  Older children would probably like this site and be able to follow and understand the directions better than younger ones.  The price is reasonable if your child was actually going to use the product on a daily basis.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the thorough review! This sounds a little expensive, so I think I'd look for something more engaging.

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