The literacy learning and reading engagement that students get from Reading Eggs don’t need to stop once they leave the classroom. Here’s how you can bring the magic of the program home in seven easy steps.
Get students logged on and familiar with the program
Reading Eggs gives each student a personalised account from which they can learn at their own pace and complete individually set work. You can automatically generate a printable list of your class login details as follows:
- In the teacher console, select Management then Manage Students.
- Check the box above your students’ names to select all students.
- Click the Print logins button above your class list.
- Print the downloaded cards and distribute them to your class.
If your school also uses Mathseeds, students can log-in to either program using the same details and easily switch between them without having to input their details a second time.
Once you’ve got your students logged in, take the time to show them around the program, particularly the following features:
- My lessons, where they can find their personal learning track.
- Storylands, for comprehension activities.
- Driving tests for self-testing.
- The Spelling activity zone.
- Story Factory, where they can create their own narratives.
Encourage them to explore the other features of Reading Eggs at home, as it’s packed with extra activities and resources that will keep them engaged with reading during their time away.
If your students have already left for home, you can send this blog to parents so they can help their child get started. It’s an easy and intuitive platform for students to use, and 100% parent-friendly, so they’ll be up and running in no time.
Ensure students are correctly placed in the Lesson area
Reading Eggs uses a placement test to set students up with lessons tailored to their ability level. In order to assign a placement test, follow these easy steps:
- In the teacher console, select Management and then Manage Progress.
- Check the box against the student you wish to assign the test to.
- Click Edit Progress.
- Select Placement Test from the drop-down menu.
Ideally, the placement test should be done individually in class, but if students need to complete it at home, make sure you inform parents that it is something for their child to complete on their own. A bit of extra parental help will mean they are assigned lessons beyond their ability level. If you’re worried about this, you can refer to the Reading Eggs Teacher Guide and Placement Test Guide for advice on how to manually place students without them sitting the test.
Assign Lessons, Spellings, Storylands or Driving Tests
Reading Eggs sets a personal learning pathway for individual students, so you don’t have to. Even so, it’s a good idea to supplement students’ regular lessons with more targeted assignments. To set an assignment:
- Select Assignments in the teacher console.
- Select Create Assignments.
- Select the students you wish to assign the work to (the whole class, a differentiated group, or an individual).
- Select a date range so that it is due at a particular time.
- Choose the assignment content: this could be a regular lesson, a driving test, a spelling test, or a comprehension activity in Storylands.
- Click Create Assignment.
Once work has been assigned, students need to complete it before they can continue their own individual lessons. It’s a great way of keeping them accountable and regularly checking progress throughout the home learning period.
Monitor effort and progress
With assignments set and students progressing on their own learning pathways, you’ll want to keep an eye on student results. Thankfully, with automated reporting and data-tracking, this process is easy. To access reports on student activity and progress:
- Select Reports in teacher console
- Select Dashboard
- Look at the data for your whole class, or select an individual student from the drop-down menu.
With this information at your fingertips, you are perfectly placed to pick up on any students who might be lagging or struggling in particular areas. In response, you might set a personalised assignment, or contact parents with your concerns.
Ensure that students without access to a device have resources for learning at home
Reading Eggs makes it simple to cater for students without steady access to a device or the internet. Each lesson comes with its own set of printable resources, which can be accessed by clicking on Lessons in the teacher console, and then Resources under the relevant lesson. From here you can download a PDF of the lesson content to either print or send to students without a device.
It’s also a good idea to send these students home with some physical books so that they can keep up their regular, leisure reading without access to the Reading Eggs library.
Set regular goals and targets
Motivate your class by setting student goals with Reading Eggs. Here are some ideas:
- Complete a set amount of lessons each week.
- Aim for a certificate – students achieve a certificate when they complete a ‘map’ of ten lessons and the End of Map Quiz.
- Encourage students to use the Targets area, where they can set their own challenges to improve their personal best.
- Set up a challenge to write a weekly story in the Story Factory.
- Choose a book to read or listen to from the library each week, and then rate/review it for other students.
Setting these regular goals and challenges is also a great way of maintaining the community spirit of your class in the online world. Students can share their successes and stories with one another and know that they are not alone in the home learning journey.
Celebrate reading at home with Reading Eggs
It’s a challenging time for everyone, but an extended period of learning from home provides a great opportunity to get the whole family on board with reading and literacy learning. Encourage your students to share and explore the program with their siblings and friends, and keep parents informed of what’s happening so that they can get involved too. Before long, reading will become a family affair as opposed to just a school activity.