Your child’s reading and literacy learning don’t have to suffer due to a school closure. Reading Eggs has helped countless students in the classroom, and it’s just as easy to use in a home learning environment.
Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure your child gets the most out of Reading Eggs while learning at home.
Ensure your child has a device to access the program
Reading Eggs is available on almost any home device with an internet connection. We recommend using Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer 11 as your browser.
Reading Eggs will also work on mobile devices. Landscape orientation is recommended and for optimal experience we recommend that your child uses a desktop, laptop or tablet rather than a mobile phone.
Check that you have your child’s username and password
You will need this to monitor your child’s progress and to give them access to the program if they lose their details.
Your child should have already been provided with a login at school but contact your child’s teacher if it hasn’t found its way home. They will be able to provide you with a replacement.
Note: the same login can be used to access Mathseeds if your child’s school is subscribed to that platform too. This allows you to move between both programs so that you can stay on top of your child’s mathematics progress as well as their literacy.
Ensure that your child has sat a placement test on Reading Eggs
Reading Eggs uses a placement test to determine your child’s level of ability and place them on an appropriate lesson. This will most likely have been done in class already.
If your child is using Reading Eggs for the first time, they will need to sit the program’s placement test at home. Make sure that they complete the test independently, as outside help will result in them being placed at a level beyond their ability.
Alternatively, your child’s teacher may have manually assigned them to the correct starting level.
Encourage your child to progress through the lessons
Once your child has been placed at the appropriate lesson level, they will be able to independently advance through Reading Eggs’ structured learning sequence at their own pace. All you need to do is monitor and motivate them as they complete the lessons.
In order to access where they are up to in the lesson sequence, select My Programme in the top right-hand corner of your child’s console.
Each lesson is split into fun and engaging activities with a short book to read at the end of the lesson. Correct answers and completed activities are rewarded with eggs, which your child can use to buy items in the in-game Plaza.
Monitor your child’s completion of assignments
Your child’s teacher will periodically set assignments, which might be quizzes, tests, or set lessons. You will know when a task has been assigned as your child will be guided to complete the assigned activity before being able to resume working independently.
Explore the other learning areas in Reading Eggs
Completing the lessons will gradually unlock other parts of the program, so encourage your child to keep learning and see what new features they can discover.
- Storylands opens after your child has completed lesson 60. This area will hone your child’s reading comprehension skills.
- Spelling opens after lesson 40 and contains a series of fun and engaging spelling activities.
- Driving Tests has short multiple-choice tests that consolidate your child’s knowledge of sight words, letters, sounds and content words.
- Story Factory is where your child can create their own story using a new set of pictures presented each week. They can enter their story into a competition and their completed book will be available to read any time on the bookshelf in their in-game house!
- The Games, Puzzles, Play and Song areas are full of additional fun. Your child won’t even notice that they’re still learning!
Motivate your child to learn with in-game incentives
Set some weekly goals or incentives to drive your child’s progress even further. You might:
- Set a weekly target of eggs to earn, which can then be spent in the Plaza.
- Encourage your child to earn certificates with the completion of 10 lessons, which can then be printed out from the Awards area.
- Encourage your child to write a weekly story in the Story Factory, which can then be added to their bookshelf.
Help your child choose a book in the Reading Eggs library
When you click ‘Bye’ to exit Reading Eggs, the next screen will also give you access to the Reading Eggs Library, which contains over 2500 books on a diverse array of topics.
Your child can use the ‘Find a Book’ facility to help you search for books by theme, series and author, or simply browse the virtual shelves. When they’re done reading, they can also rate and review the book for other students.
Tip: if your child has been learning phonics at school, the Fast Phonics books are a fantastic resource.
Keep it fun!
Use Reading Eggs as an opportunity to share in the joys of reading with your child. Exploring its features and stories together will do even more to develop your child’s reading, comprehension and spelling skills, while also developing a love of what words can do.
And if you’re having fun learning with Reading Eggs at home, don’t leave us out! Tag us into your social media posts with #Reading Eggs and @3plearning so that we can join in celebrating and motivating your child.