With Busby now at school, it’s just H-Bear and I for four days a week. I am really enjoying our time together, but there are certain moments during the day (especially on soggy days) where I find myself searching for things for us to do… I mean, there are only so many cakes and biscuits you can bake, aren’t there? So we’ve been trying out the Reading Eggs Junior program, and working through it together. I’ve been so impressed!
Reading Eggs Junior is aimed at toddlers aged 2-4 years. It has been specifically designed for this age group as an introduction to reading.
We’re a family of book worms here at Make, Do & Push! HQ, and we’ve read to both children from day one. Our house is filled to the brim with books, and we’re always happy to snuggle down together to enter a new world, or go on an adventure, or just do some counting!
Reading Eggs Junior is available on a desktop, tablet or even phone using the technology’s browser. We’ve been using Reading Eggs Junior on the tablet so H-Bear can use his hands to navigate (rather than the mouse), and it works just like an app.
As a toddler, why does H-Bear love Reading Eggs Junior?
- It’s intriguing. With a scrolling screen and so many different things you can click to explore, H-Bear has very much enjoyed independently looking through the program. Which is great, because it’s improving his technology skills and encouraging that independence.
- Continuing on from the intrigue, H-Bear loves the colourful, fun illustrations on the screen. At two and a bit (27 months to be exact), he loves to point out animals, colours, transport and anything else he knows the name of! He’s like a sponge at the moment too, so for words he doesn’t know, it’s been a great way of teaching him.
- H-Bear loves music, and Reading Eggs Junior has some lovely, fun jingles to bop away to whilst exploring.
- Games. There are SO many games, and levels, and games within games to explore! We discovered the fantastic ‘Junior Sounds’ game a few days ago where you have to match the sounds together. He really enjoyed pressing the different animals and seeing which matched. He kept exclaiming “I did it!” every time he got an answer right.
- Nursery rhymes and other books. We spent a good 20 minutes listening to the different nursery rhyme books the other morning. I sing many of them to him as it is, but he seemed fascinated in listening to the words and watching the illustrations on the screen (especially Baa Baa Black Sheep).
As a parent, why do I love Reading Eggs Junior?
- I’m always very conscious of how much time the children spend on the iPad and tablet, and try to keep it to a minimum, especially if they’re watching something mindless. So I love that Reading Eggs Junior turns screen time into learning time – and it’s not reluctant learning time either, because H-Bear adores playing the different games and reading the various books on offer.
- It also turns screen time into something you can share with your child. I know I can be guilty of giving the children the iPad or Kindle for 20 minutes when I’ve got jobs to do (I’m sure many of you reading this will relate too), but what I love about Reading Eggs Junior is that – as much as H-Bear likes to be independent on it – he also likes me to help him. We had a lovely hour cuddled up together the other day, just making our way through the different books.
- Back to learning time. Reading Eggs Junior is very educational in a very subtle way. It doesn’t take the fun out of learning, but as a parent you can see where it’s all going in terms of phonics and reading.
- I also love watching how quickly he picks up new nuggets of information. For example, his letter recognition has improved vastly since we started Reading Eggs Junior.
- Although not as relevant as they are for the regular Reading Eggs (which I’ll be chatting about on the blog next week), the updates on parent panel are very useful to track your child’s progress.
Anything to add?
I’ve found that Reading Eggs Junior has crashed a couple of times whilst H-Bear has been in the middle of a game. However, I think this may be down to the speed of the tablet rather than the program itself.
We’ve been so impressed with Reading Eggs Junior, and I’m looking forward to continuing our Reading Eggs journey. I feel like H-Bear has already picked up so much and I’m really enjoying watching him develop and grow as we make our way through the program.
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