Reading Eggs frustrated me today!
Timothy needed to take a test to complete Map 2 today. He had to click on the appropriate word, like it would have /an/ /on/ and /ee/ and it would say "Click on /an/."
That was all fine--Timothy had very few problems with the sounds. The problem, however, was that an ant was running on a treadmill and, as the lesson progressed, Timothy had less and less time to click the correct answer.
I believe that children should be able to quickly decode phonetic sounds, but my Timothy has never been fast at ANYTHING! Near the end, Timothy was having such a hard time manipulating the mouse fast enough that I stepped in for him. I'm completely computer-literate but I could barely keep up with the speed required...and there was no way to "skip" this activity and move on to something else until Timothy got 40 correct answers!
Timothy's computer skills aren't that impressive. He can manipulate a mouse, but it does take some time. Asking children to both decode AND have perfect mouse control in such a short time period is unrealistic. Honestly, today's lesson left Timothy in tears and has me considering whether we'll pay for our subscription when the trial ends in 11 days!