Reading Eggs now and we're still trying to decide whether or not to buy the program. Luckily, we still have 30 days left on our free trial so we don't have to decide yet!
We didn't have Timothy "test into" the program to where his phonics skills currently are; instead, we had him start from the beginning. You can see Map 1 in the first picture above. Each time Timothy completes a lesson, he cracks an egg and moves on the next lesson. He's collecting little characters and golden eggs as he moves along and that helps with his motivation. The first lesson was about /m/ and he learned the sound it makes. The second lesson was with /s/. The third lesson, my favorite, was sight words--he learned the sight words I, am, and Sam.
Repitition is a major, major part of this program. If your child is bothered by doing the same things over and over, he'd hate Reading Eggs. See the second picture above? Yesterday Timothy did one with a lower-case i, then it wanted him to do it again with upper-case I. What I really like is that the "Click on the letter activity" shows the letter in different fonts. Timothy and I had an argument that some I's were actually l's because they didn't have the upper and lower sticks. :-) I convinced him they were, indeed, the letter I.
One other thing I've noticed so far is that the program requires more computer skills than many similar programs. Timothy's often asked to do something timed; like click and drag words to match to pictures. He can get frustrated at times, but I do want to increase his computer skills so it's a trade-off.
I'll let you know how it's going in a week or so! For now, we'll keep doing ReadingEggs (among all our other things).