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Child aged 2-13 in the UK? Read feedback on the trial of Reading Eggs NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Sep-17 11:46:56

We have been asked by the team at Reading Eggs to find MNers to try their reading programme and to report back on this thread for MN.

Here’s what, Rebecca, Direct Marketing Manager at Reading Eggs has to say “Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for your DC using online reading games and activities. It works on desktop and tablets. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning. It also keeps them engaged leaving you more time to Mumsnet grin
My DC have used the programme and love it, so we wanted to know what Mumsnetters thought!"

Testers - please post on the thread below sharing your Reading Eggs review below – please let us know what your DC think of Reading Eggs (3-7), Reading Eggs Junior (2-4), Reading Eggpress (7-13) or Mathseeds (3-9). Do also feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #readingeggs
Feedback now live here

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Prize draw will be done on 23 October - open to everyone who uses the free MN trial and then shares their feedback on this thread.

AirandMungBeans Fri 08-Sep-17 20:27:07

Wonderful, Have signed up.

Caillou Sat 09-Sep-17 12:56:16

I have signed up, it already had my 5 years old in tears....
She took the spelling test and got really upset at not being able to spell most words.

MTBMummy Sat 09-Sep-17 18:54:17

Have signed up, DD is currently using it on the iPad - will report back

ohlittlepea Sat 09-Sep-17 23:35:30

just signed up looming forwards to givibg this a go xx

Mummy2aRockstar Sun 10-Sep-17 19:34:22

Signed up, my 5 year old son loves reading but does struggle with some phonics.

purplepandas Sun 10-Sep-17 21:56:00

DDs age 6 and 7 have been having fun with this today. Will feedback properly later.

dilydaly Sun 10-Sep-17 23:51:07

Me and my 2 daughters did the trial and overall we were all impressed. Great idea, great design and the kids really enjoyed it. They're begging me to subscribe now so they can carry on using it !
As my kids are 9 and 7 they did different stages, my 7 year old loved hers, first she did her placement test then started her lessons. If she got all her lesson questions correct she got to play a little car racing game collecting starts for 60 seconds which she thought was brilliant !
My 9 year olds was slightly different, she had a harder stage (reading eggpress) and was answering questions based on text, which she also thoroughly enjoyed.
Another good thing was that they could choose and design their own avatars which both my children enjoyed doing.
Some issues we did find and some recommendations for things to improve.
- On stage 1, content words (reading eggs), after test 1 there must be some kind of glitch as it didn't allow her to do her car race, despite getting every question right.
- Considering this is being sold as a reading aid you should really ease off on the math questions, my 7 year old really struggled with this. You had to identify the correct word but first answer a math sum !
- The intro test was very long, perhaps it needs to be this way but my 7 year old really struggled and was getting fed up before we'd even started the actual lessons because the placement test seemed to go on forever.
- For the actual lessons, there was 20 questions per round (again talking about my 7 year olds stage, reading eggs) and I think that this could be too much. Not all kids are the same, my 7 year old has autism and learning disabilities and found the length of the test difficult. Maybe you could have the option to do perhaps a 5 question, 10 question, 15 question or 20 question based on the child's ability to cope with the lesson length.
- On lesson 101 - 6 (word wizard), there is clearly a bug as it gives you the option of clicking on one of 3 words but doesn't tell you what needs to be done at all, we started clicking on words, some produced a tick some a cross and it just went on indefinitely (this was on my 9 year olds stage, reading eggspress)
-the final issue was that I only added my youngest daughter at first, when I wanted to go back and add my eldest daughter there was no way to do this, whether this was because I was in the free trial I don't know but there was no way to get from where I was to a section like 'my account'.

Other than that, well done on creating something the kids actually wanted to use, something that really kept their interest, is visually appealing, has incentive and most importantly is educational ! I'm sure I'll end up paying for this now :D

FridgeCut Mon 11-Sep-17 19:11:17

Loving this so far, my DS starts school on Wednesday so thought we should re-awaken his brain and he is well away!

augustrat Mon 11-Sep-17 20:27:36

DD5 suffered through the interminable test to "place" her - she answered 38 questions (with more patience than me) before her "lives" ran out.

I had hoped after placing her with hopefully reasonable accuracy, the level of play would be about right, but it spent a good five minutes getting her to repeatedly recognise the word "my", which has been in her vocab for ages. Then dragging and dropping words into boxes, which was dreadful as the accuracy needed (on an iPhone) was way beyond what a 5 year-old has. The game was simple for her, but the physical manipulation of the game was too tricky. Even I found it difficult.

She did one of the driving tests, and got full marks, but again the controls for the "reward" game didn't seem to work as they should - it said tap the screen to jump, but she actually needed to press a (small) box to jump, so that frustrated her too.

I think this is the sort of thing that would be easier on an app perhaps, but I couldn't work out which app to download, if this is what we were supposed to do.

Repeatedly recognising the same word over and over for a 5 year old who is already a fluent reader just bored her silly I'm afraid. (Though she loved the idea of winning the eggs: I think she thought they were things that were going to hatch like the Moshi game.)

lottietiger Tue 12-Sep-17 09:30:16

My 4yo DS is really enjoying reading eggs and is actively looking to move on a stage every day. it probably helps that its coinciding with phonics at school but as he has always struggled with letters (not numbers) I was really impressed to see him making sentences this morning. will report back again when we have trialled more.

queenoftheschoolrun Tue 12-Sep-17 12:33:32

My DD aged 9 is enjoying the Reading Eggspress option but we've found that if she gets a question wrong there is no way to review it. It marks it wrong and then moves onto the next question straight away which means she's not learning from her mistakes. Nor can I see which questions she's getting wrong when I log in.

Maybe we just haven't found this option but it would really put me off buying a subscription if this is the case. The other sections are too young for her.

asuwere Fri 15-Sep-17 12:26:29

I signed up for the trial and my DC have all given it a go.
DS1 (11) was not impressed at all; he spent less than 5 mins on it and gave up.
DD1 (7) enjoyed it a little although it took her a while to work out what level would suit her; she tried the reading eggs and the eggpress. Also, when you go in, it asks you to choose a year 1-6 but doesn't tell you what those years mean, really not clear. She has gone back to it a few times but really prefers other online learning games.
DD2 (4) has enjoyed getting a chance to go on the computer as she doesn't usually but she does find it very slow. She has been doing the reading eggs junior, each lesson takes a while and she found it really frustrating that if she didn't complete a lesson, she had to start it again when she went back on. There were a few confusing bits: in the 't' section, one of the words was 'teepee' but the way the voice says it is 'ti-peh' which put her off, also another word used in that section is 'three', which I agree does technically start with 't' but really it's a 'th' and shouldn't be in that section at all.
Would also be good if instead of following the lessons in order, you could pick which one based on the letter that she's learning at school that day.

I was hoping for the mathseed to be good but was disappointed that the placing test was exactly the same for my 4, 7 and 11yr old, I understand it was just for a rough idea of ability but it would be good if it started with an idea of the level from the age - 4 year old couldn't read the questions for a start!

Overall we had mixed impressions but I definitely will not be paying for it. There are other learning game sites which are available for free and I don't think reading eggs offered anything extra.

ThursdayNextIsMyHero Wed 20-Sep-17 06:56:37

Have signed up with dc1 (10) and dc2 (5). We're using a mobile phone. In portrait mode the writing is too small to see but if you turn the phone the display changes so that it is bigger than the screen but you can't move around to access other bits.
We've also found that sometimes an answer has to be pressed multiple times for it to register. DC1 also found that after a few pages in the book he was reading it just stoped responding and wouldn't allow him to progress or return to the home button. Will try again later on a tablet instead of a phone, see if that makes any difference.

FridgeCut Mon 25-Sep-17 20:05:23

DS has really enjoyed it and we will carry on using it to support his learning at school. He is 4 and just starting out, nice to have something fun and interesting to encourage him with.

NerrSnerr Mon 25-Sep-17 20:12:59

I did this with my three year old. She really loved the videos, especially the ABC ones. She managed to grasp some of the basic phonic sounds and is beginning to recognise some of the letters. I am going to continue with it and maybe consider paying once the trial finishes.

elpth Mon 25-Sep-17 20:13:57

My friend swears by reading eggs and has recommended them before so we have the free apps but hadn't ever paid to sign up. So I was intrigued and quite excited to try the "proper" stuff with my daughter (age 4). And then disappointed. I think part of the problem is our technology. We have an old iPad which just couldn't cope with this app (though it copes with the ones we already have from reading eggs fine) and kept crashing. So we all got bored and quit. Then I tried it on the laptop but it was too difficult for her to do some of the things using the mouse and also I found it very unclear what she was "supposed" to do. I said she should start at the beginning as a non reader but then it became apparent that, as she can recognise all her letters, that was too basic. I couldn't find a way to go back and let her be tested.
Finally we tried on my recently bought iPhone (in case the age of the iPad was the issue). It was very very hard to work out where you were meant to press and what you were meant to do. Eventually we made something work and she got stuck on several extremely basic activities all about the letter m. We couldn't seem to switch letters or advance and from just saying it was m and made the sound mmm a few activities later it wanted her to read the words men, mice, mum (that pic we couldn't work out what the M word was) etc and drag them to the right pictures. Which demanded far more dexterity than a 4 year old had on an iPhone. Or me for that matter.
So to leave that we tried to see what else she could do and tried to click on her eggs, it said she had 48 but then said none? In the free apps she has enjoyed hatching eggs and we couldn't make that bit work at all.
So all in all extremely disappointing and she's quit. Which is a shame but not entirely due to our technology I would say. I certainly won't be paying but am sad it's been so rubbish.

lornathewizzard Mon 25-Sep-17 20:27:03

We used reading eggs junior with my 3.2yo. She likes it and particularly enjoys the jack in the box game.
However, it's hella slow on my kindle fire. A few pages just to get into the games and then ages to load.
Overall we like it and will consider subscribing

WhatwouldJoydo Mon 25-Sep-17 20:43:09

We are half way through our trial with 5 yr old twins. Are using tablets and also accessed on an iPhone, but doesn't really display properly or flow. Kids can't see where to do next as doesn't display everything on one screen. Also one account keeps jumping levels each time we log on.
I think the idea is really engaging, but like most IT educational tools the delivery is lacking. The twins loved seeing progress and doing all the different tasks so perhaps we will keep trying.

ROSCO80 Mon 25-Sep-17 20:52:22

My 6 year old is loving her reading eggs. I love the fact she can do it idependently and she doesnt realise she is learning. Had a few issues with it crashing to start but all seems fine now. Would love it to be an app as well so that she could access it completely independantly .

Helentad Mon 25-Sep-17 21:02:00

My boys are both 11 in junior school. One is a free reader the other isn't. The lower level reader loved the exercises and found reading eggs helpful and will be carrying on using it for the foreseeable future, his brother had fun but did t really find he needed the help as his level of reading is at such a higher level. I would definitely recommend reading egg to anybody even if coming to it at an older age like we have as benefits are still visable.

purplepandas Mon 25-Sep-17 21:06:53

We tried reading eggs and that worked really well with DD age 5. She really embraced the exercises and loved designing her own avatar. The placing test seemed to work really well for her.

Egg express for DD age 7 was not so successful. She is a great reader (honest not boastful) but I think we somehow got the year wrong on the placing bit and she struggled with what she was given. This was really negative as she started to lose confidence. I do not want that! I also could not see easily how to change the level and redo the placing test for her so we pretty much gave up.

purplepandas Mon 25-Sep-17 21:07:17

Also agree about the app, that would be amazing!

NoodieRoodie Mon 25-Sep-17 21:24:21

DS would do anything if it meant he got time on the tablet but this really didn't interest him at all. Like others have said I think something went wrong during the testing stage as he was placed far below where he should be, so everything was too easy for him and he lost interest and started being silly. I also found that it was very intuitive so I had to send a lot of time trying to figure out what was going on.

toptomatoes Mon 25-Sep-17 21:32:35

I tried the app with my 4-year-old. She found it too fiddly on my phone. It didn't seem very responsive and didn't display properly.

Some of the exercises were ok but others either too simple - find the 'm' - or too hard - she can't read 'mice'. It was frustrating that you couldn't choose a letter for her to focus on. It didn't really hold her attention. The test put her at the beginning but she knows all her letters and is starting to blend so it was too basic and seemed too long on one letter that she already knew.

WhosTakingDeHorseToFrance Mon 25-Sep-17 22:02:03

We've been using this for a while now. My 4 year old is really enjoying the little characters and seems to be engaging with the games, we are using an iPad to access it. Occasionally my child gets a bit frostrated with the length of repetition of some of the games when they are checking that the child recognises a word. I've found that we tend to do it together rather than my child using it alone, not sure if that's the intention of the app. Also the other thing I've noticed is that she will see a picture on the sidebar of the app and want to move to that game, not understanding that she needs to do them in sequence, this frustrates her too, perhaps slightly more flexibility in playing the games would be good.
All in all I'm really pleased that we've had an opportunity to try this. My child has never shown much interest in books and I think that the games and characters on this have engaged her. I'm considering subscribing. Thanks Mumsnet and reading eggs for the trial period.

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