Throughout January we have been reviewing lots of literacy based products and services on the blog. Reading Chest is proving to be one of our favourites!
Reading Chest is a reading book subscription service. This fits in perfectly with busy lifestyles and supplements school reading books perfectly.
How Does It Work?
- You select which reading level band your child is on. If you don’t know, they have a guide with suggested age ranges and example pages to help making the right choice: (see here if you need the guide)
- Select which reading scheme you would like. This can be left open to all schemes, or you can choose to exclude just one scheme. I just excluded one – the one Mr Z gets from school anyway, to avoid getting books that he would have already read.
- If you change your mind about which book bands or which reading schemes you want, you can log in and change that at any time
- After signing up, you will receive your first selection with 4 (or 6 for gold package) books, a book bag and a sticker reward chart.
- Once you have finished books, you send them back in the prepaid envelope provided (up to 3 at a time) and Reading Chest will swap them for new books and send them back to you straight away.
- The amount of swaps you can have depends which package you are on (see them all here). On Silver or Gold plans you can have multiple reading lists, so you can use the same subscription for siblings on different reading bands.
What Did We Think?
Reading Chest is working really well for us. Mr Z’s school sends him a couple of reading books per week, but that doesn’t seem like enough when I want to practise reading with him every night and he will get bored reading the same books twice! Sending the books back for swaps is no effort at all as the envelope fits in the post box, and luckily we pass one every day on the way to school so it couldn’t really be any easier.
Mr Z likes having a new selection to choose from all the time and having a mixture of different schemes helps to keep things more interesting, especially as some are fiction and some are non fiction. Mr Z has enjoyed the non fiction reading books as he doesn’t tend to get those from school. He also really likes putting a sticker on his chart for every book he reads.
How Did Reading Chest Help With Reading?
I feel its definitely helped Mr Z’s confidence in reading. Reading scheme books in his band are more manageable for Mr Z to read than just any story book from home, as they are pitched at the right level, so it’s better for him to have these and be able to read them without as much help so that he grows in confidence. As he doesn’t get so many books from school, having the extra books from Reading Chest gives us more opportunities to practise reading and keeps things interesting. I have moved Mr Z up a reading band since we started with Reading Chest and I feel more reassured about how his reading is coming along.
Discount code PLAY14 will give new members £5 off their first month.
Have you tried Reading Chest? Let me know your experiences, or how your little ones are getting along with their reading.
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