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[Reading Eggs] 5 Tips for Planning Your Time in Reading Eggs Effectively

[Reading Eggs] 5 Tips for Planning Your Time in Reading Eggs Effectively

Using technology for learning and using technology for learning effectively are two different things. If you’ve ever seen a program implementation go awry, than you know the difference. Successful implementations however, all have one thing in common: shared, clear expectations about how teachers and students are using the program to drive learning. To help support this effort for Edmentum’s 2-in-1 early literacy program, Reading Eggs, we’ve compiled five tips to ensure that students are using the program effectively to develop foundational literacy skills and go on to become lifelong readers.

  1. Focus the Bulk of Learning in the My Lessons Area

When students hop into their student interface for the first time, there’s so many exciting learning areas to explore—it’s good to give students a little guidance. Whether they’re using Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress, My Lessons is where they should be spending most of their instructional time. These leveled lessons begin with a Placement Test to help determine where students should begin based on their current reading skills.

From there, each levelled lesson is compromised of short, carefully scaffolded activities to allow direct instruction, individual practice, and reinforcement targeted at building essential reading skills. For this reason, you’ll reap the biggest learning rewards when students spend the bulk of their learning time here.

 

  1. Make Library Time Purposeful

The digital Library is available to all Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress students as another popular hotspot for learning. Here, students can self-select books via quick search or by genre. They can also refine their book options by Reading Age or Lexile level to align with their current reading ability. For maximum success, we recommend coaching students on how to find books that are both interesting and appropriate, such that time in the Library is spent reading, not browsing.

In the Reporting area, educators are able to review the number of books read as well as scores earned on book quizzes for individual students and entire classes. Consider using this information to host a reading challenge in your classroom!

 

  1. Consider Ancillary Learning Areas

Both Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress have secondary learning areas for spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing that infuse gameplay with learning. These exciting learning spots are powerful for well-rounded literacy skill building, but your students may need a little guidance to know how and when to leverage them. After all, solely building grammar skills without any phonics or phonemic awareness isn’t going to create a well-rounded reader.

 

  1. Explore Teacher Materials as Needed

In addition to all of the digital lessons available to students, there are parallel offline materials for each and every one. Knowing this, it’s possible to build whole-class offline assignments around a specific skill OR assemble individualized worksheet bundles for your learners to take home. As an educator, simply access Lessons from the left navigation to search printable teacher and student PDF printables that are available.

Additionally, the Teacher Toolkit is another great option for finding educator materials that enhance the learning experience. Here, you can locate digital Big Books for shared reading as well as interactive Writing Lessons, just to name a few of the diverse tools at your fingertips.

 

  1. Don’t Forget About the Power of Engagement

Call it hiding broccoli in the brownies, call it fun embedded in learning, but either way—there’s a reason that students ask: “Can I PLAY Reading Eggs?” To them, it feels like fun. In so many ways, the thoughtful engagement features in Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress are the beauty of this program. They also require clear expectations and thoughtful planning on the part of the teacher to work effectively.

When students complete learning activities, they earn Golden Eggs, aka: Reading Eggs currency. These Eggs can be used to play games or shop for each student’s avatar. But before your students spend all their learning time lost in the Arcade or Plaza, it’s important that you, as the classroom leader, set some ground rules and create some time for fun too! After all, you can’t expect Golden Eggs to maintain their luster if you never let your students reap the rewards of their efforts.

Determining Your Schedule

Once you understand the key areas of Reading Eggs you can more easily map out how your students should be spending their time. Below is just one example of how a 30-minute digital block each day could be divided among the key learning areas in the program to drive comprehensive reading support.

Reading Eggs Time

Interested in learning more about how you can use Reading Eggs to extend learning outside of school too? For those students who have Internet access, make sure you send them home with a parent letter and login card (available from the Manage Students area of the teacher interface) to keep learning on track!

And don’t forget to check out our OnDemand webinar Reading Eggs 101: What You Need To Know. We’ll cover best practices while digging into the product to show you the need-to-know features and how to use them. Along the way, we’ll be answering any questions you may have. Watch now.

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Madison Michell has been a member of the Edmentum team since 2014 and currently serves as a Marketing Manager. As a former Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher during her time as a Teach For America corps member, she believes education truly has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about connecting educators with online programs, best practices, and research that improve teaching and learning for today's students.