Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sampson's Classroom

From the website:
"Designed for grades K-5, Samson's Classroom is an online series that helps students become better readers. Students can play engaging games that focus on 3 core building blocks; sight words, spelling, and reading comprehension."

Watch a 3 minute Demo Video - Here.

Better yet - try a demo for yourself (without having to create an account!) Here.

Cost - Home - 1 user - $30/year
           Family - 4 users - $50/year
           Classroom - 5-30 users - $80/year

Sampson's Classroom is really an "umbrella" program that includes access to all three areas - Sight Words, Spelling, and Reading.  Upgrades are automatically included so you have an up-to-date access at all times.

Sight Words with Samson "Sight Words with Samson is an absolute must for all beginning readers. This software product is the complete package for teachers and administrators looking to give their students the necessary foundation they need to become successful readers. This engaging product is proven to help early readers master the 224 most commonly used words in the English language."

My tester loved this section!  She was able to get started quickly, and found Sampson's Classroom fun.  In Sight Words, there are 5 activities for each list of words.  This gave my tester plenty of lists to master in the 4 levels.  The instructions were easy to follow, and she worked independently practicing.

Spelling with Samson "With more than 5,000 words and counting, Spelling with Samson is the most comprehensive spelling product on the market. This amazing software package captivates students and provides educators with all the tools they need to improve the spelling ability of their students. Join the thousands of teachers from across the country that have already made Spelling with Samson a part of their classroom."

My tester is not strong in spelling (to say it kindly...she's really, really bad at it!)  So, this was my favorite part of the program.  Spelling practice - disguised as fun!  We used the provided lists, but - you can also make your own.  Karate chopping letters, outrunning spiders, and jumping on ice bergs - but, really - practicing spelling skills!  We both loved it!!

Reading with Samson "Reading with Samson combines everything you have come to expect from the Samson product line with a new patented user feedback system. The end result is a cutting edge software product that helps students analyze reading material and learn how to draw conclusions and answer questions based on that material."

My tester also enjoyed this section.  The reading comprehension passages were interesting (fiction and non-fiction), and she was able to read them well - yeah!  Success is such a confidence builder, especially after spelling... Great practice for this important skill!

Overall,  Sampson's Classroom makes a great addition to your language arts curriculum.  It's affordable, and very easy to use.  Another tool to practice important language arts  skills, while having fun.

See what the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.


I was sent a complimentary subscription in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.

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