Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs
Cost: 6 months for $49.95, 1 Year for $69
Today, I am bringing a cool product to you, but also a wonderful opportunity to help raise money for the National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS) just by having your child read books...so first, about Reading Eggs:
I was given a 3 month subscription of Reading Eggs as a review of Home & School Mosaics in exchange for an honest review.  Opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was given.

From the Web Site

Reading Eggs provides a comprehensive range of online reading lessons and e-books that teach
children aged 3–13 the literacy skills they need for lifetime reading success.
Why Try Reading Eggs? 
• 91% of parents have noticed an improvement in their child’s reading ability since using Reading
• Includes over 1500 ebooks
• Compatible on PC, Mac, iPad and Android
• Money-back guaranteed
Why Reading Eggs works 
• Developed by expert educators with 20+ years’ experience
• Based on solid scientific research
• The program makes learning phonics and basic reading skills fun for 3–13 year olds
• Your child can progress through the one-on-one lessons at their own pace
• Regular progress reports and assessments track your child’s learning

What we thought:
This is our second time using Reading Eggs.  Last time, DD was the right age for the Reading Eggs program for 3-7 year olds.  He loved it and made HUGE improvements in his reading skills. This time, being 8, I put him into Reading Eggspress.  We did not have as much success with that, so I think I will put him back into the Reading Eggs side.  He is a beginning reader and I felt that his skills in all the language areas were not strong enough to work independently.  For Instance, there was one activity where he was revealing tiles to see a picture.  You reveal one square at a time and then select the item from a list on the left, while a timer is going.  The key to this game is to get select the right item from the list before the timer goes off.  I felt like there was not enough time for him to FIND the correct response before the timer ran out.  He KNEW what it was, he could not find it in time.  Another activity was to choose which word, from three was an adverb.  He is becoming familiar with finding nouns, verbs, and adjectives...we have not worked much with adverbs yet.  Again, this activity was timed and was above his current skills.  He thought the activities were fun, but needed help.  I just did not have the time to sit with him while he was working.

The Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge
From February 3 to March 7 your child can join thousands of children across the United States taking 
part in the Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge – an effort to inspire children to read while raising 
funds for The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS). Our goal is to raise $25,000, plus Reading 
Eggs will match every donation made up to this amount! 

About the cause 
The Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge aims to help the NCCS realize their mission to improve the 
quality of life for children with cancer. All money raised will help provide financial, emotional and 
educational support for children and families battling childhood cancer. Learn more about the NCCS 
at www.thenccs.org. 

How does the Read-To-Cure Challenge work? 

Children sign up for a FREE 5 week trial of Reading Eggs, the popular online reading program for 3–
13 year olds. From February 3 to March 7 they are encouraged to complete as many books and 
Reading Eggs lessons as they can. Friends and family can sponsor their reading efforts, with all 
money raised going to the NCCS.

 The Reading Eggs Read-To-Cure Challenge is a FREE event. To start fundraising, children will be set 
up with their own fundraising web page and you can email family and friends to sponsor their 
reading efforts with donations! 

What’s more, there are great prizes up for grabs for the top 3 children who read the most books and 
the top 3 children who raise the most funds! 

*NCCS will earn a minimum of $25,000 from Reading Eggs plus 100% of the donations collected by RTCC participants
And about NCCS:
The National Children's Cancer Society works to support families financially, emotionally and with educational resources so that families can focus their attention on illness and recovery.  Having had a child sick in the hospital for a short time, I applaud the efforts of the NCCS to support families, so that their attention can be on the first things that should be first.  You can read more about their organizations on their website and on their fact sheet.  NCCS is doing a great work for families walking though hard things.

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