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.
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.
I wrote about how we used Headsprout years ago in one of my first reviews, they can be read Here, Here, 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)
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.
5) 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.
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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