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Friday, March 25, 2011

Product Review: BigIQ Kids presents a unique learning method designed to help each child develop the skills needed to perform to his/her full potential. The award winning programs are designed for students in grades K-8 and promote spelling efficiency, vocabulary building, math fact mastery and US geography knowledge via multimedia reinforcement and independent learning. The program is goal oriented and believes every child has what it takes to be in the 100% club.

Using online technology, the activities are constantly evolving and changing to ensure that your student stays motivated and challenged. As the parent you are able to choose free programs for your children, or premium programs. Click these links to learn the difference between free versus premium in the areas of spelling, vocabulary, mathematics, and U.S. States.

Since all the programs are available to some extent free of charge, the commitment is very minimal. Consider adding some new programs to your homeschooling day by signing up for a BigIQKids account today!

Things that we liked about the program:

*Frequent email updates about the progress of the student.

*The boys really liked designing their own Big IQ Buddy.

*I liked how the boys had to 'buy' their game time using coins that they earned from completed lessons. There is even a control option that lets me turn the games to "Weekend Only."

*The boys could easily use the program without any help from me. Independent work time is always a bonus for me!

Things that didn't work for us:

*The web pages are too busy. In addition to the activity the student is completing, there are advertisements, your IQ Buddy, a computer head who directs you, sometimes a writing pad for practice, additional buttons with options... you get the point.

*As a parent, I found the website extremely difficult to work through. I had to log-on through each of my users and modify each section of the program individually. In my opinion, it would have been much easier to have a 'parent log-in' that allowed me to access all my users and have lists of the programs that I could easily and quickly click on to change the options.

*The preset levels were great for James, but not for Isaac. For example, James was timed and had to complete 50 math problems in that time to earn a game coin. Isaac was required to do the same things (at a first grade level, of course). Even though the problems were much easier, Isaac's computer skills and response time is much slower. Plus, 50 math questions in a row is a lot for a first grader. As a result, Isaac would complete the section but not gain a coin. I could modify the lesson plans, but as I stated above, workign my way through the website was difficult, confusing, and daunting.

*The kids didn't really like the "computer-head helper." They found this aspect creepy ("I hate how that head keeps staring at me!) and the montone voice disturbing.

*Overall I was glad we got to try out the program, but I found it too difficult to navigate to become a permanent part of our homeschooling curriculum.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review group, I received a free premium membership to BigIQKids in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

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