Signed up for a trial period of Reading Kingdom. It’s a whole word based reading program. So far, the lad is bored silly with it. He doesn’t like that he has to find letters on the keyboard and it doesn’t give him enough time to do so. I’ll encourage him to keep at it, the sessions are really short so it shouldn’t be too onerous for him. I do have to admit that part of it he likes (where he has to find pictures or click on things on the computer screen), but mommy isn’t allowed to help him at all so he finds that a challenge – particularly when it comes to using the keyboard.
The program takes a multi approach to learning how to read. not only knowing how to see the word and read it, but also learning how to spell it at the same time.
I like learning to read phonetically as I think it will serve a person well in the long run, but I don’t see the harm is blending methodologies of learning to read either. Some words just don’t sound out well… and for those words you need to recognize the pattern of them in order to read them. So we’ll work with this for a month and see what we think at the end of it.
The lad also played some thinking and logic games on the computer today. One was a math game where he had to accumulate points in order to progress in the game, and the rest were thinking games. I found it interesting that sometimes he was able to figure things out sooner than I was. 🙂
Playing with Lego was a big thing today as well. It was a snow day, and a Friday so we take things easy. It was a good day and he learned a thing or two so it’s all good. 🙂