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Top 10 Features You Might Not Know About Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress

Monday, April 11, 2016 -- Madison Michell

Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress are used and loved by over 75,000 teachers. Even if you make frequent use of these engaging learn-to-read programs in your classroom, chances are there are a few areas you haven’t tapped into yet. Take a look at a few of our favorite features that you may have missed along the way.

1. Mobile-Optimized Platform

A recent upgrade to Reading Eggs now means that both programs are entirely mobile-optimized. Following these exciting enhancements over the last year, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress are now 100% compatible with all computer and mobile devices, creating a seamless user experience no matter how students choose to learn.

2. Transition Lessons

At the heart of this literacy solution, sequenced lessons in both Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress carefully scaffold learning to help students prepare for the shift from learning to read to reading to learn. To ensure students experience success throughout this progression, additional lessons are included in Reading Eggspress for practice and reinforcement. Students can now continue confidently as they advance to more challenging skills.

3. The Story Factory

Did you know Reading Eggs offers a great area for students to work on writing? Using full-color illustrations and suggested vocabulary, the Story Factory allows students to construct a story from start to finish, that they can save for later rereading. Every week, a new story theme is announced, and students have the ability to create and submit their completed works for a chance to win golden egg rewards.

4. Authentic Non-fiction Texts

Did you know there are nearly 900 non-fiction books included in the Reading Eggs e-library? As your youngest learners become fascinated with the world around them, give them the opportunity to explore their interests through non-fiction literature. New books are regularly added to a vast library of over 2,000 leveled books organized by genre, topic, and reading age just waiting to be discovered.

5. The Stadium

This exciting Reading Eggspress feature was re-released this past October, providing an even better head-to-head gaming environment for students to test their English skills against peers from around the world. In the Stadium, learners are presented with spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and usage questions in a series of challenges, as their avatar races across the screen with each right answer. In the Stadium, learning has never been such fun!

6. Lesson Resources 

When accessing Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress through the teacher portal, there are plenty of exciting areas to uncover. By selecting ‘Preview Lessons’ in the left navigation, you can access coordinating printable activities for each levelled reading, spelling skills bank, storyland, comprehension, and English skills lesson. Whether students are struggling on a particular topic and need a little one-on-one review or you’re looking to plan whole-class instruction targeting a specific skill, these resources are a fantastic tool.

7. Change Learner Progress

You’re probably already familiar with the placement test that ensures students begin working at just the right level, but what if that placement requires adjustment? We know that there are students that may be moving faster than their learning path, and similarly those that forget a few things after a long holiday break. By selecting ‘Manage Lessons’ in the left teacher navigation, you can change a particular student’s progress or simply reassign their placement test in just a few clicks.

8. Handwriting Practice

For emergent writers, handwriting is an important skill that requires repetition. In the teacher portal of Reading Eggs, K-2 Teaching Resources offer just the tools you need. Interactive handwriting practice is available in the form of activities that dictate letter formation and tools that allow students to practice on an interactive whiteboard. Additionally, a “make your own worksheet” feature allows teachers to create their own handwriting printables to reinforce valuable penmanship skills.

9. The Playroom

For students new to both technology and formal education, the Playroom is a great place to start. Students can join Reggie in this interactive classroom to hone their mouse (or tablet) skills in a risk-free environment with short practice activities. Lack of familiarity with technology should never affect a student’s academic performance. In the Playroom, students can get comfortable while completing patterns, puzzles, and memory games to introduce foundational skills.  

10. Classroom Posters

Amongst the many exciting teacher resources Reading Eggs has to offer, the K-2 area includes a variety of classroom posters designed to help students recall important grammar, comprehension, spelling, and phonics skills (to name a few). This rich library of readymade printables can help provide students with meaningful guides that help clarify and trigger reminders throughout the learning process.

Want to learn more about the different areas in your Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress subscription? Dig into these great training resources at any time to watch short video tutorials or access getting started guides that are sure to get you up to speed in no time!