Monkey generally prefers using online learning programs, but as a result of so much computer time, he doesn’t get the opportunity to work on his handwriting. The new workbooks from Reading Eggs expand on the online lessons and also provide the writing practice that Monkey needs. We have been focusing on on the Reading Eggspress part of Reading Eggs while using 200 Essential Reading skills for Second Grade, one of their brand new workbooks.
Reading Eggs is an online program that focuses on building your child’s reading and comprehension skills with a variety of activities such as songs, games, books, and prizes. Over time, the program has expanded to include Reading Eggs Junior (ages 2-4), Reading Eggs (ages 3-7), Reading Eggspress (ages 7-13, grades 1-6), and Mathseeds (ages 3-9).
The newly released workbooks for math and reading work in partnership with the online programs to expand on your child’s learning. The reading workbooks cover grades K-5, with the first 2 books (K-1) corresponding with the lessons included in Reading Eggs and books 2-5 lining up with Reading Eggspress. The math workbooks cover grades K-2 and follow along with Mathseeds.
How We Used the 200 Essential Reading Skills for Second Grade Workbook
The 200 Essential Reading Skills for Second Grade workbook is designed to be used along with the Reading Eggspress area of the Reading Eggs suite. Since Monkey had not previously used Reading Eggpress, I had him start by taking the placement test. The test placed him on the “map” for fourth grade. After trying a lesson at this level and discovering that it was definitely above his level (I think he made some really good guesses that skewed his placement), I decided to reset his level in the program to correspond with the first lesson in the workbook.
Now, the workbook doesn’t actually tell you which lesson in the online program it lines up with. But with a quick google search, I was able to find multiple charts that break down what is taught in the online lessons and could match it to the workbook lesson. We discovered that one lesson in the online program corresponds to one full week’s worth of lessons in the workbook.
For example, 200 Essential Reading Skills for Second Grade Week 1 Day 1 is a comprehension activity using a passage from “Go, Go Gecko.” This matches up with Reading Eggspress Lesson 21 (Map 5). Week 2 Day 1 starts with a new passage from “Tim’s Money Tree” which is Lesson 22 in the online program.
The difference in the pacing of the workbook compared to the online program was a bit frustrating for Monkey, who can typically complete one lesson in the online program per day. Since I wanted him to follow along at the pace of the workbook, he wasn’t able to move through the online program as quickly as he would have liked. As a built in reward to the online program, you earn eggs at the end of lessons and when you read books within the program. If you collect a certain amount of eggs in a week, you earn an additional trophy/medal reward. By requiring him to slow down to the pace of the workbook, he was not able to earn enough eggs to reach the weekly goal set by the online program.
While the workbook is intended to be used along side the online program, the workbook could be used on its own. As far as I can tell, the only piece “missing” would be the ability to read the full stories that are the basis for the reading comprehension activities.
In the workbook, each week follows a similar format where days 1 and 2 focus on comprehension, days 3 and 4 cover spelling and day 5 covers grammar. Each day’s work was only about 10 -15 minutes – that is on the days that Monkey actually cooperated, worksheets are always an issue here… If you have a worksheet loving kid, it would definitely be possible to complete more than one page a day.
I appreciated that the workbook is full color with graphics that are engaging without being distracting. I also liked that the pages are thick enough to stand up to erasing – no issues with torn pages!
Read our previous review to see more about the Reading Eggs and Reading Eggs Junior online programs.
I don’t really like writing in workbooks, so I liked it better doing it on the computer and typing my answers. (Note: We received a pdf version of the workbook to utilize while waiting for the physical copy to arrive in the mail. Rather than printing the pdf pages, I allowed Monkey to complete them digitally.) Some parts were too hard to do on the computer and had to be written. I did like how the pages in the workbook were colorful and not boring. The stories were pretty funny too.
The Reading Eggspress computer lessons were ok – I could finish a whole lesson in one day. The reward games are kind of boring though. I did like collecting the cards – I am trying to collect all the Beastie cards first. Then I want to collect the Astrotek and Starstruck cards next. Oh and I also love the tiny running around pets that I bought for my apartment!
The Reading Eggs suite of programs has been great for our homeschool. The addition of the workbooks has elevated the program by adding a new layer of depth that really rounds out the program. I highly recommend Reading Eggs online programs and workbooks.
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