Friday, September 16, 2011

BigIQKids-- TOS REVIEW

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Who doesn't love that title?

BigIQkids.com turns your computer into an online learning academy by providing daily academic lessons for young learners in an interactive, easy to follow format. For the best results, children should log into BigIQkids.com daily and complete their lessons and quizzes. This “daily” strategy builds invaluable study habits, leads to better grades and greater self confidence.

The makers of BigIQKids say, "it is important your child (or students) complete their lessons everyday. Each lesson takes between 10-15 minutes to complete and will soon become part of the young learner’s daily routine. Most important, our programs will not advance the student until they have achieved mastery of each individual lesson. This is critical to our unique approach of working around each child’s own pace and comfort. We build proficiency leading to subject matter mastery which is periodically checked with review tests and quizzes."

Parents (and/or teachers) receive email reports detailing their student’s progress. These reports provide insight as to time spent, problem areas and test results. You can also view the child’s progress in BigIQkids Reports found in each program. Programs can work with existing curriculum or on their own with pre-loaded lessons, quizzes and tests. You have the ability to customize your child's programs- please see below for info on the what each program has to offer:
  
Spelling & Vocabulary: With a over 40,000 word dictionary, BigIQkids spelling & vocabulary program comes pre-loaded with 40 lessons for K-adult appropriate 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 Friday spelling and vocabulary tests. The program includes tracking and progress reports. You can build your own curriculum or use our default settings. The program is completely customizable and goes around a student's progress.

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  • 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.  

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  • 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.

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    The kiddos liked working in this program.  The math & spelling didn't seem to excite them as much as the U.S. States did...I think it was just the content material.  When they all got their turn with the states facts, it turned into a MAJOR competition (of course, this didn't surprise me!). 

    And who wouldn't love this friendly buddy to help you along?

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BigIQKids spelling & vocabulary program is ALL FREE! There are premium programs for math and U.S. Geography. To learn more about the differences, please see below:

FREE vs. PREMIUM programs:
  • BigIQkids Spelling & Vocabulary Program is FREE!
  • *There's a 7 day free trial on ALL programs!  What a great option...go and check it out!  See if your kids end up in an educational competition like mine did...  :) 
    Check out the FAQ page for any other questions you may have about the program!

    To see what my fellow Crew Mates had to say about BigIQKids, visit the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog to read more.

    **Disclosure: My review and opinion written in this post is entirely my own. This product was provided to me for free in exchange for my review as a member of the 2011-2012 The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew.

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1 comment:

Pleasantly Peavey said...

Hi. Stopping by while checking out Crew reviews and blogs. Great review. Very pleasant background and setup for your blog. Now following you too. :) Blessings! Roberta from Pondering on the Prairie