Earlier in 2015 we launched the new Reading Eggspress with some fantastic new additions. Tablet compatibility is, of course, one of the most significant changes you would have noticed with the increased accessibility making the learning journey much more straightforward.
In terms of content, the Reading Eggspress Comprehension program was expanded to over 220 lessons, plus we have added a new English Skills Section which includes 120 Grammar lessons and 200+ Spelling Lessons.
We are often asked why we upgrade or include particular focus points in Reading Eggspress. It’s not as simple as just picking random points; it’s in the research.
The Reading Eggspress Comprehension Program
Studies have shown that teaching reading comprehension strategies gives students the tools they need to become proficient independent readers. These reading strategies help students understand the increasingly complex and challenging texts they encounter in texts across the curriculum.
Research demonstrates that when primary grade students receive optimal comprehension instruction, their performances on measures of literal, inferential, and metacognitive comprehension increase, as do their vocabulary; decoding, problem-solving, and cooperative learning skills; and self-esteem (Ness, 2011).
The Reading Eggspress Grammar Program
A number of studies have distinguished that learning about grammar features and structures is important because it empowers users to recognise nuances in the English language and to evaluate patterns of language and meaning.
“Grammar is the structural foundation of our ability to express ourselves. The more we are aware of how it works, the more we can monitor the meaning and effectiveness of the way we and others use language.” (Crystal, 2004)
Crystal, D. (2004). Making sense of grammar. Essex: Pearson.
Ness, M. (2011). Explicit reading comprehension instruction in elementary classrooms: Teacher use of reading comprehension strategies. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 25, 1, 98-117.