Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big IQ Kids-TOS Review


Pro's:
My kids were so excited about playing on the Big IQ Kids website which is a fun website where kids learn and play at the same time.  These two things, learning and playing don't always go hand in hand but when they do kids actually learn more quickly.  I was excited that they were excited, and it has been non-stop fun for math, spelling, vocabulary, and geography.  The kids even play on it when they are finished with school for the day.  They like the fact that they can earn coins to play other "fun" games that aren't educational.  Kylan is really good with geography and liked the States game a lot and he also likes to customize his "buddy" which is  what helps guide the children through the website.  Here's a picture of Kylan's buddy. Kylan is 10 years old and really enjoys video games so this was right up his alley.  I like that it was educational and he has been learning while having fun.

Makenzie, my 11 year old daughter liked it also.  She seemed to enjoy the math and spelling programs a lot and has easily passed all her spelling tests with 100% since playing the games.

What I loved about the program was the parental controls. With these controls I was able to change the programs to suit my child's needs in spelling and math.  This is only available with the premium membership but I feel it's well worth the money.  You also receive access to progress reports which can help you see areas that need improvement or areas that your child is excelling in. 




The program is designed for children K-8th grade and encourages independent learning through multimedia reinforcement. Big IQ Kids offers free and premium programs. Here is some info on some of  their pricing.



Bundle Package - Includes all 4 programs - this is a great deal!
SpellingTime.com       BigMathTime.com
BigStatesTime.com     BigVocabTime.com


Individual Bundle Account: $19.99 - 1 month membership or 

Individual Bundle Account: $99.99 - 1 year membership ON SALE now for $89.99 during the Once a Year Back to School Promotion!

For more info on pricing click here.

They also offer SAT and ACT vocabulary prep.  For more info click here.


Check them out on Facebook by clicking here.


Con's:
While my kids really enjoyed this program we did have a couple of things that we didn't like.  
1. The robotic voices really bothered my daughter and so she would get a little irritated and log off after a while but it didn't seem to bother my son at all.  As a matter of fact he thought it was kind of funny and would try to imitate the robotic voices.
2. It seemed to have little "glitches" in the system and the kids would accidentally be logged off and have to start over.  This wasn't a problem for me because they got more practice time in.  This may have just been a problem with our computer, I'm not sure.


Overall, we really liked the program a lot and will continue using it and do highly recommend it to others that are looking for some fun learning tools.  Don't just take my word for it check out what other homeschool mom's have to say about Big IQ Kids here.
  
I also want to say that I was having some problems setting up some spelling words so I emailed Big IQ Kids and they promptly got back to me with easy to understand directions that were helpful and this is the big thing they were very kind!  Great customer service says a lot and I was very impressed!


A complimentary product/service was provided for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.
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