Because DD (going into 2nd grade next year) was working with the reading specialist at school, she was supposed to use an online phonics program called Mindplay. She was supposed to do 20 minutes 5 times a week. DD thought it was fun for the first few months. She liked earning stars and changing her avatar. She's now pretty tired of it. I have mixed feelings about this program. It has both phonics and grammar lessons. I asked if we could skip the grammar lessons but there is no way to turn them off. You don't know until you start the lesson that it's a grammar lesson. The phonics lessons are pretty thorough and I think it has really helped DD to move ahead in her reading. But it is not intended to be fun. It's actually very much like what you would find in a classroom. There is a "teacher" who lectures and then asks questions.
Tonight I told DD that the reading teacher says she has to do 2 hours a week of Mindplay over the summer and she groaned.
Would Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress be worth it? I want her to do something that is fun and doesn't feel too much like school.
She will also be reading every day.
If not Reading Eggs, do you have another suggestion of something that is fun and practices her phonics skills? We've used the Phonics Concentration game on ElizabethB's site and DD has really enjoyed it but we need some variation.
She is not ending 1st grade behind. She is currently reading Amelia Bedalia and Mercy Watson so I think she's at the level where she needs to be for a rising 2nd grader.
If a rising 2nd grader is reading books like Amelia Bedalia, would you recommend continuing phonics instruction during the summer or just games and reading?