Saturday, October 19, 2013

Reading Eggs Vs. ABC Mouse

I recently had the chance to try Reading Eggs, an online program that helps kids learn to read and/or improve their reading skills during a free trial. As I have a Kindergartener this year, it was perfect timing!

Kids, learning, comparison
We have had a subscription for ABC Mouse, so I have had a chance to really compare the two programs. I have found that both my daughter and myself both prefer Reading Eggs. While both programs have some great learning tools, Reading Eggs also has placement tests, so your child starts where he or she will get the most out of the program. Reading Eggs also has a much broader age range, staring at age 3 and going all the way to age 13. ABC Mouse doesn't even come close.

Even in the parents section, Reading Eggs holds the upper hand. After children have taken their assessments, an approximate reading age is given, and it updates after they complete more lessons successfully. The phonics skills and sight words that children know are also listed, making it easy to follow your child and encourage them outside of the program.

Lessons are simple, yet effective. At my daughter's level, one of the lessons she is given is to choose which picture contains a certain letter sound. It works so much better doing this on the computer, versus doing it in a book, because there have been several times when working in a workbook that neither of us can figure out what they are trying to convey with a given picture. On the computer, it can verbally tell you what the picture is of - no more guessing!

If you are interested in checking out this great program with your child, you can get a FREE trial!

*I received a free trial to facilitate this review.


  1. Thank you for comparing these two. I have used ABC Mouse with my son, but it doesn't seem to be built well for a three-year-old. I will definitely need to take a look at Reading Eggs. It sounds great!

  2. thank you for this review! I had seen the ABC mouse commercials, but wasn't sure if it would be useful for my 3 year old.

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  4. thank you. my 6 year old daughter is in first grade. we tried reading eggs last night. I didn't see a need for both so I went to her abcmouse account first. I assumed that as she did her tasks it would automatically move her to the next learning level. I guess it does but ididnt realize how long it takes to get there. shes at a level 4 and really should be doing the tasks of the level 7. maybe I shouldve paid more attention to this, but im hoping the reading eggs will just keep challenging her. abc mouse did not without my permission. thanks for the input