How to help your child learn to read

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One of the most important skills your child can have is being able to read. Literacy is a key factor in success at school, and is also a way to learn and discover new things and to develop imagination.

Being able to read contributes to an increased vocabulary and the development of self-worth – struggling with reading can be isolating and lead to low self-esteem.

The essentials of learning to read

There are five key areas that children need to cover in order to learn to read successfully – phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Unless you have specific training, it can be tricky to know how to start your child on their reading journey.

Reading Eggs has developed a multi-award winning online reading programme that covers each of the five key areas of reading, and makes learning to read fun and motivating for children aged 2 to 13 years. Join 10 million users worldwide and claim your free trial at

How Reading Eggs works

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The Reading Eggs programme has been developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers. It has been designed to be used at home – after all that is where so much of your child’s early learning takes place.

Using a carefully structured sequence of one-on-one lessons, activities and e-books, the individualised, self-paced programme gradually builds reading confidence while rewarding children’s progress. Now that’s positive use of screen time!

Why phonics?

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Phonics is a method that is widely promoted by researchers, literacy experts and teachers, and is the most effective way to teach children how to read. Explicit phonics instruction teaches children how to make the connection between the letters in words and the sounds they make. Without this understanding (combined with learning some words by ‘sight’) reading will only progress slowly.

The Reading Eggs programme is made up of structured, systematic and sequential lessons and activities and is based on the most up-to-date research and learning principles to teach essential phonics skills and sight words.

Even if your child is off to a great start, Reading Eggs can help continue to build their confidence and their key literacy skills.

You can trial Reading Eggs FREE!

Reading Eggs would love to give you the opportunity to try their programme free!

Reading Eggs are also proud to offer Mathseeds – a programme that helps nurture an early love of maths. This is perfect for children in the 3 to 9 year age group.

To find out more, or get started on your free trial visit

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  1. kymmage 01/09/2019 at 6:27 pm

    When my eldest was struggling to learn to read we tried reading eggs. Found the program really good. My daughter loved it and it became clear she could read just from doing it. But we did find that she still struggled reading paper books. However thanks to reading eggs her screen reading was excellent. I don’t think most kids would have that issue though that we had. She just struggled to generalise her skills in different settings.

  2. candyjanenz 01/09/2019 at 5:18 pm

    This looks really good and I had heard that learning by phonetics was the best method. It is great that they offer a trial first as I would want to see how interested my child was before investing in too much. It looks like it would be quite fun to learn.

  3. Alezandra 31/08/2019 at 12:16 am

    This article seemed to have been targeted at me as I’ve been racking my brain on how to effectively teach my son to read. We have started to do some sight words and also a few phonics at home. I’ve seen ads for ReadingEggs but not entirely convinced yet. Interesting to see a comment from user that it’s been included in school fees. Might be good to consider if schools are using this too.

  4. Loucyd3 30/08/2019 at 8:31 pm

    My little girl loves her books and learning about the letters and how they form words. This looks like an interesting app.

  5. MuddledUpMolly 27/08/2019 at 2:10 pm

    I have heard many positive stories about Reading Eggs and it is definitely something I would be interested in looking into when our daughter is a little older.

  6. Bevik1971 19/08/2019 at 11:08 am

    I’ve seen a bit of advertising for the Reading Eggs and it looks really good! We haven’t needed to use any tools for our 6 year old, who luckily is a really good reader. I think reading a lot with her before she started school and from a young age helped with her reading. She even surprises me when she reads to me, some of the words she knows are pretty amazing!! 🙂

  7. Mands1980 14/08/2019 at 8:36 pm

    This makes me want to try this for my youngest boy my older 2 got to do it free for school for a bit when they first started school. But now I might try the free trial as reading is so important and they make it more fun through the app.

  8. SarahBlair 14/08/2019 at 5:04 pm

    This looks really good, I’d love to see if it helps Nicholas’ reading, he’s diong ok but this could really help to build his confidence!

  9. Jen_Wiig 13/08/2019 at 7:16 pm

    Ooo this sounds awesome I definitely will look into this as my youngest is due to start school in October. I’ve always said to my boys to read as much as possible and I read a lot myself as I truly believe if you can read and comprehend well then writing, social science and maths will. Come to you easier…espeically now where we are moving more and more into digital ages.. Which this programme incorporates so well without losing the foundations to great reading habits

  10. Shorrty4life1 12/08/2019 at 9:53 pm

    This is a great read. My son struggles so much with his learning and reads by memorizing the story and looking at the pictures. He absolutely loves reading eggs also. Such a great app and they get it included in their school fees which is great. He finds it really fun. I highly recommend it to anyone that’s having trouble with a struggling child.

  11. Nastayzjah 09/08/2019 at 10:37 am

    This app looks great would love to try

  12. Micht 06/08/2019 at 2:19 pm

    Been meaning to sign up for this for my 3yr old… the adverts have been coming up but i havent done so yet…this gives me the motivation to get a move on with it… there are a few other apps on google apps that offer the same kind of training ,maybe not techniques..but training and practice… ive heard alot of good things about reading eggs…

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