Most everyone is familiar with, or has at least heard of, Reading Eggs. This online reading instruction program is well-known, especially in homeschooling circles. But did you know that they now offer printed workbooks?
This book is beautiful! Printed in full color, it is the size of a regular sheet of paper (8.5 x 11 inches). The book contains 36 weeks of daily language arts instruction. The instruction falls into three main categories – comprehension, spelling, and grammar. I would personally throw in a 4th – vocabulary – as we are seeing quite a few words that either are new or are needing a synonym definition, which is fantastic! The answers are printed in the back of the book.
Each week’s lessons are separated into five days – one page per day. The first two days deal with reading comprehension. There are excerpts to read (taken from a book that is available in the online program. If you have access to that, you can read the whole book.). The student is asked to read and then mark different things that indicate comprehension – mark what happened, highlight the word that shows an emotion, underline the result, etc. There are several questions to write or circle answers to at the bottom of the page, as well.
Days three and four are spelling days. Day three introduces a spelling or phonics rule and a core list of 20 different words that incorporate that. The activities use the rule and set of words to work on things like word meaning, spelling, and word building. Day four takes that same rule and set of words and builds even more upon it. Proof-reading skills and challenge words are added in day four.
Day five is a grammar lesson. During the workbook, the grammar portion will cover things such as nouns, capital letter, pronouns, tenses, verbs, commas, prepositions, and more. This is done through definitions, usage, and proof-reading style exercises.
So, over the course of a week, the student spends about 15 minutes a day and receives instruction in comprehension, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, usage, punctuation, and more.
Are you looking for more planning help? The workbook has a table of contents that lists what is covered each day of each week. There is also a yearly plan printed in the front of the workbook listing it all out by week.
Miss J was asked what she thought about the workbook. Her response?
I like that it is colorful and each day is only one page. It feels a lot like my math book and is an easy add-on each day. It isn’t tons of fun but it isn’t hard.
The workbook will stand alone. You do not need the website to use the workbooks and they have both math and reading skills workbooks:
- 200 Essential Reading Skills – for Kindergarten through fifth grade
- 200 Essential Math Skills – for Kindergarten through second grade
If you do have access to the website, though, the workbook goes nicely alongside it. Miss J did both the workbook and the website daily for the past few weeks. The website is a nice complement to the workbook, acting as practical application and practice for the things worked on in the book.
The website has a bundle of great activities that work on the same phonics and spelling rules that are covered in the workbook. Now, Miss J is a sound-loving girl. She enjoys works, talking, making sounds, playing with sounds, and all that sort of things. This means that the Reading Eggspress program (the level of Reading Eggs that she is on) is a perfect fit for her. All the fun, crazy sounds that go along with answering questions and doing the activities? They are right up her alley. And I love that she gets practice while playing games and racing others.
Even better though is how well the fun of the website is balanced by the workbook. Not that the workbook is boring but it is different. Students need to write, not just click. The workbook provides that in a fun, colorful, bright, engaging, varied way. The workbooks are a great addition to the Reading Eggs family. You should definitely check them out!
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