Why Reading Games Make Learning to Read Fun and Effective
The more enjoyable a task, the more likely it is that a child will want to engage in and complete that task. What seems like commonsense has the weight of research backing it as well.
Educators and researchers have found that a student's enjoyment of learning activities directly relates to their desire and willingness to learn. Mary Poppins was right: "In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job's a game!"
Reading is no exception. Reading Games make learning to read a fun activity. But why is it so important for kids to enjoy learning? The most effective kids' reading games are engaging for students from the outset, increasing their motivation to continue completing and succeeding with the task at hand.
This is important because the more time a child spends on a certain task, the more they learn. Reading success is directly related to the amount of time a child practises this all‑important skill.
Fun Reading Games Backed by Research
Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress offer kids the opportunity to engage in a research‑based reading program that is also fun. The programs use a variety of game‑like activities that are, in fact, the means of instruction. The Reading Eggs program helps kids develop the reading skills needed to become strong readers. These reading skills include:
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonics skills
- Fluency in reading
- Vocabulary building
- Text comprehension
The Reading Eggs program combines all of these reading skills into an engaging and kid‑friendly learning world which kids enjoy interacting with. So much so that some children don't even realise they're learning, because they're having such a great time!
From the first moment that a child uses Reading Eggs, they are immersed in a learning environment that is fun and enjoyable to use. The reading games build as children increase their reading skills to keep them on track and moving forward.
Enjoyable Reading Games for Early Readers
The very first lessons for pre‑readers (Reading Eggs Junior) and very early readers take place in a child‑friendly, child‑safe virtual world, moving the kids from a zoo to a playground to a theme park. Kids love following the maps in this virtual world and moving their character along the "path" which is easily seen on the screen and looks not unlike a board from a board game.
Kids enjoy the fun journey that their character takes in these three worlds, the zoo, the playground and the theme park. Parents and teachers love the fact that each world is packed with 40 lessons of fantastic research‑based content.
The reading game lessons aren't the only fun element of the program. The Reading Eggs' programs encourage kids to complete learning activities and continue working through the program, by increasing their motivation with age‑appropriate rewards. The Reading Eggs' reward systems are high‑interest, compelling and child‑centered, and they are activated each time a child completes a learning activity or a lesson.
Motivational Reading Games Keep Children's Learning on Track
When kids complete each Reading Eggs activity, they are rewarded with Golden Eggs. These eggs get deposited into their personal Eggy Banks for them to "spend" later on games, clothes for their Reading Eggs character, and furnishings for their characters' online home.
This is a rich, multi‑dimensional reward system that encourages a high level of interest and participation from kids. As students watch the Golden Eggs land in their Eggy Banks, and watch the eggs grow in number, they can see the clear link between their rewards and their work in the Reading Eggs .
The game‑like activities are integral to the Reading Eggs program, and help kids develop motivation to learn. The activities encourage kids to play as they learn, and, when kids succeed (the program ensures kids experience consistent success‑which also motivates them to keep engaging with the program), they are rewarded with prizes.
The playful elements of the program are integrated into every lesson and suit the learning style of children, who learn best through play. Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress use a wide range of short, highly motivational kids' reading games that offer consistent rewards, which encourage even the most reluctant readers to actively participate.