We recently had the opportunity to review a new workbook from Reading Eggs .... 200 Essential Reading Skills for 5th Grade.
I try to be relaxed about schooling, but reading skills are important. A child's ability to comprehend both written and oral directions is extremely important. Especially for Caty since she wants to be a chef. She needs to be able to follow and understand recipes, and be able to write down recipes that she creates.
The ability to write strong sentences I feel is very important. So I find skills like these harder to teach in a relaxed way. Reading Eggs has taken the stress off of me with the 200 Essential Reading Skills series.
This new series from Reading Eggs provides students with a challenging 36 week program covering topics such as grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, and reading skills. It is meant to be used as a complement to the online Reading Eggs program, but can also be used independently from it. Beautifully bound in a typical "workbook" style book, the 36 weeks worth of lessons are broken down into roughly 15 minutes worth of work, 5 days per week. The workbook pages are full-color, and each lesson really does not take much time. It makes it perfect for our short-attention span.
Over a five day period, students work on comprehension lessons, a spelling list, and even grammar lessons. Every nine weeks, there is a review of the previous material to reinforce learning. This review helps to identify areas where your child may need some extra help. The purpose of the Reading Eggs program works with students to teach them to read. But the next level, Reading Eggspress, helps students to make literature connections and develop strong writing skills. The 200 Essential Reading Skills for 5th Grade is based on the Reading Eggspress program.
I'll be honest, Caty did really well with the early Reading Eggs reading program online. I was very excited for her to start Reading Eggspress the way that Lydia did as she graduated to reading. But unlike her sister, Caty did not thrive with that online program. Caty struggles reading passages on her computer screen. So I was curious if the advanced Reading Eggs workbook series would work for her, since it covers the same topics as the Reading Eggspress program does online.
When first examining the book, I was very impressed by the pages. They were not overwhelming, but seemed to have the right amount of color and pictures so as to attract her and not distract her.
Along with the specified spelling list, various more fun spelling activities are included on the page, including Fill-in problems.
Various comprehension and areas of writing covered include even opinions.
Each week specific grammar skills are covered.
Each pages is broken down into small sections. So there are usually a couple of different activities on each page. This is perfect for kiddos that suffer from short attention spans. They can take a section at a time.
Completing her work each day was very easy. She didn't whine about doing her workbook, and was usually done in roughly 20 minutes depending on the amount of words she was covering that day in spelling. And unlike with the exclusive use of the online program, Caty is thriving with the book work that she is doing in the 200 Essential Reading Skills for 5th Grade.
If you are a planner, the front few pages also contain a year planner so that you can plan around the topics that your student will be reading.
I really liked the 200 Essential Reading Skills for 5th Grade. This book has provided her more of a challenge to her current level and I feel really pushed her into catching up in her spelling skills. I think that her sentence structure will continue to make progress as she works on her writing delay.
I highly recommend that you check out the new Reading Eggs workbook series. They work great for kids working on a typical level, but also those who have unique learning abilities. This is not a workbook to be afraid to get for those with learning delays.
I encourage you to check out the entire Reading Eggs series, both online and this workbook series. In fact, Reading Eggs has generously provided our readers with a 4 week trial to their online program. Click here to access this program.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the chance to review the new Reading Eggs workbook series. Click below to see how they used these books with their kids.
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