Top 6 Learn to Read Websites

Having your child learn to read can leave parents with a lot of anxiety. Often I get phone calls from my friends in real life about teaching their child. Usually it’s around report card time or after a parent-teacher. Their child may be struggling with X, Y, or Z and they want to of course like any good parent help them catch up.

Other times friends will see what I have done with Wes and what I am currently doing with Z and want to know how they can do that too.

So I thought I’d throw together a list of sites that I often suggest.

Little Reader

The first site I’m going to recommend I’m not actually counting in the 6 sites.  It is a suggestion for parents who stumble upon this post and have little babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers. Visit the BrillKids website. If you start their Little Reader program, there is a chance you will be able to skip some of these sites. Or you might need these sites at a younger age to help grow your child’s reading skills, instead of using them to teach your child to read from scratch.

1) Reading Eggs:

This is a subscription-based program that can take a child from not reading to reading at a grade 2 level in no time. The program is based on Maps. Each map has 10 lessons.

2) Headsprout:

I wrote about how we used Headsprout years ago in one of my first reviews, they can be read HereHere, and Here. I’m sure this program had a big part in my son starting halfway through grade 1 reading at a high grade 2 level.

Recently they have upgraded their program to go up to grade 5! I started doing this program again with Wes to work on his reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. After our experience, I can’t recommend this program enough.

(I should mention that this program has gone from a lifetime membership to a one-year subscription-based program)

click n' kids3) Click N’Learn Phonics:

Back when I was homeschooling Wesley, we had the chance to use and review Click N’Spell Phonics, you can read about it Here.

4) Reading Bear:

Reading Bear is a FREE online reading program. Some people have found this to be a little too slow-paced for their children, others have found it to be just right. Check it out to see if it will work for your child. With the price tag you have nothing to lose.

starfall5) Starfall :

Starfall offers both a free and paid-for site that teaches children phonics, reading, and other concepts like the days of the week, months of the year, holidays, colors, etc.

youtube6) YouTube:

Believe it or not, there are tons of amazing educational videos on YouTube. They can not only help teach your child to read, they can teach anything from math to the solar system, etc.

Spend some time on YouTube and create a playlist for your child.

Am I Missing Anything?

What sites have you used with your children? Which have you found helpful, and which were not so helpful?

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Our plan for the year…

Things have been going great here. My stepdaughter has been spending alot more time with us, so that’s always great. Wesley’s tutor is on holidays so I have had him all to myself, which is great! When the babies take there afternoon nap we have a chance to get most of our school work, which means I can relax as soon as the daycare babies are gone.
Explode the Code 1We started Explode the Code 1 workbook. We took the pretest and he did very well 18/20. We do it together as the pictures are not aways that clear(there not as bad as the cover shows lol,he just sometimes has trouble with draw pictures ver. photos), I just tell him what the pictures are and he works it out himself. I looked at tomorrows lesson and I think it will be a good fit for him.
This years we are using
:Math-U-See / Primer Teacher Pack (Complete Kit)Math U See Primer: Right now we are on 15 of 30 Lessons. This level is suppose to introduce the child to different concepts in math without expecting them to master it. I’m debating what to do. He will be done this one come December the latest, if not sooner. I can’t decide if I should order the Math U See Alpha which focuses on Single Digit Addition and Subtraction, or just use some workbooks till we get closer to grade 1 and then start Alpha. I just worry he wont be mature enough to do work for a 6-7year old when he will only be 5.5. In Alpha they start testing and such.
Hooked on Math Addition and Subtraction Ages 6 - 7I also have Hooked On Math. I might use this to mix it up alittle and supplement our current program.

Hooked on Handwriting- Learn to PrintCurrently for printing we are using Hooked On Handwriting-Learn to Print. We are on the blue book, and have 17 lessons left to do, so we will be done this program in about 3 weeks or so. I like a lot of things about this program as an introduction, but in no way is it a complete program.
Next month we will start The Canadian Handwriting Series– Its suppose to be Grade 1, but I think we are ready for it.
We use two computer programs ABC Reading Eggs, then even have the series of books and workbooks. I ordered them when I renewed our subscriptions. They haven’t arrived yet, but the online version of the books a great. But I always prefer to read the paper version with Wes so he is not distracted by the computer.
Starfall is the other online program we are using, we are just using the free version, but I know that there is a version you can pay for. Not sure what that one is like, but seeing as I’m paying for Reading Eggs and still for Little Reader, I don’t want to take on yet another subscription. We love the Starfall books too that we got from amazon.
We will also be spending time at the library getting great books from there. I’m sure I’ll find workbooks and maybe even unit studies I’d like to do along the way, but this is my basic plan to date. We started in May working on Kindergarten for two reasons, 1) This is all new to both of us and I wanted time just incase we needed to restart something, or things didn’t go according to plan 2) I also want some buffer just incase we fall of track. Better to be ahead then behind right?
Have a great day!