Friday, March 25, 2011
Big IQ Kids
Big IQ KidsWhat is it:
It's an online academy of learning opportunities for your child K-8.
They feature lessons in Spelling, Math, Vocabulary and States (our favorite...hands down!)
Here's what they have to say about each area:
Spelling: With a over 40,000 word dictionary, SpellingTime comes pre-loaded with 40 lessons for K-8th grade appropriate word lists. Or, as a parent or teacher, you can easily enter your own word lists and SpellingTime will automatically create a week’s worth of lessons, quizzes and tests around your own list with the goal of achieving 100% on the Friday spelling test.
Math: You can set up a child's lesson to mirror what they are doing in their current curriculum. For example, if the child is on double digit addition and single digit multiplication, the program can focus on just these two areas providing invaluable practice and reinforcement that is certain to provide them with the tools to ace their next test. Or, BigMathTime can automatically generate grade specific and subject specific lessons as per your requirements.
Vocabulary: With an extensive library of elementary through SAT prep words, BigVocabTime comes pre-loaded with word lists OR, as a parent or teacher, you can easily enter your own word lists and the program will automatically create a week’s worth of lessons, quizzes and tests around your own list with the goal of achieving 100% on the week’s vocabulary test.
U.S. States: Every elementary student will be confronted with the need to know their US State facts to mastery. BigStatesTime is the ultimate tool in learning the state's location, capital, spelling, abbreviations and general state facts. The program allows parents/teachers to add additional facts which will be included in the child's lessons and the program culminates in a “State Mastery Exam” that, if passed with 100% mastery, awards the child a State Master Certificate.
Best of all- this is a FREE Program! They do have a Premium Version (which is what we were sent in exchange for our honest opinion)So, you can try it out before you decide if it's for you. You can see a comparison Here. Premium pricing depends upon you personal choices - but, starts at $19.99 per month for all 4 categories. (You can also choose an individual category only - starting around $7.99 per month).
What we liked...
Well, the Bentz test laboratory students love anything to do with "computer time". I love that Big IG Kids was educational as well. It was very easy to navigate and start the program right away.
As they completed each learning activity, they are awarded "coins" to use in the arcade.
The program is intuitive, and kept them moving along at their own pace. They have designed it to be a daily activity. (We didn't do it daily, but the kiddos did ask for it daily...)
We did think that the Spelling was a little less challenging... For one, you can see the word on the screen when you are supposed to "spell" it, But, it's good visual reinforcement of the spelling words. And, we found the "computerized voices" a little un-nerving at times (but sometimes our computer sound goes in and out - so it didn't really effect us!)
We really like the States unit. We had fun challenging each other to identify Capitals and Abbreviations.
All in all, this is a VERY useful tool to add to your educational trunk-of-tricks (if you're like me and get curriculum ADD... you need to have lots of new and fresh ways to keep everyone learning!)
See what the other reviewers thought Here