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BigIQKids.com Review

Heather —  September 15, 2011
Loads of FREE Lessons, games for kids

Loads of FREE Lessons, games for kids

You know, Kids seem to respect being asked to earn things. If you just give them things…well, they will take them, usually. But, they are proud when they have earned something.

Somehow, BigIQKids.com has tapped into finding a way to get kids to want to earn computer games through doing online lessons.

Who knew? You don’t have to hide learning IN games (although many do) you just have to make kids earn things. Have the creators met my Dad?

So, exactly what is BigIQKids game page for kids?

Well, children in grades k-12 can complete interactive lessons designed for their ability level in spelling, math, vocabulary, U.S. states and spelling programs. There is even a new SAT study portion and one of my daughter’s favorites is a section where you can hold Spelling competitions with family and friends and Math.

When I first went to the site, I was not so into the funny artwork. The graphics are big and bold and the site has electronic “tutors” who talk in computerized voices. It is different, but actually pretty cool. This site must have tons of programming and such. It loads super fast and all the lessons are very interactive. The tutors help the students by giving very clear direction on what needs to be done. Children cannot move forward in each lesson until each desired skill is learned. But, they can earn coins to play games in several subjects if they spend a bit of time.

You can use the content on the site in, say, spelling and vocabulary and math. You just choose age/grade levels…or you can import specific things you want your student to learn– like your own vocabulary list.

I like that the program is set up to email tons of information to parents. I have my settings set to get information on what Em does and I got all kinds of emails. For example:

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BigIQKids even tells me what to do next:)

Overall, I think this is a worthwhile site that really seems to appeal to children. Many portions of the site are available to use for free! You can also purchase a premium membership.

See what my crewmates have to say about Big IQ Kids.

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I received a trial subscription to Big IQ Kids through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Dollar Homeschool

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Summary & Rating: 3 An intriguing way to handle a complete homeschool curriculum from K-12, Dollar Homeschool has basically compiled the Ecletic Education Series (EES) in an electronic format. The EES is a set of textbooks that were used extensively in the United States from about 1865 to 1915. Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about using these. I found it difficult to get into them. Some of the curriculum is heavy on the critical thinking–no fuss. Learn to read, write and…do arithmetic. On the other hand, things–such as references–are out of date and the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, I am into color.

Nevertheless, I am a fan of the good old days and I think some of this material does have merit. The idea of making solid progress, one room schoolhouse style is romantic. Read the interesting story behind these books. However, the format really did challenge me.

Click here to view the complete list of books included in Eclectic Education Series.

The EES books are in the public domain. Dollar Homeschool has basically tracked all of the files down, catalogued them, pdf’d them and burned them onto CD’s for your use.

The complete EES is available for $159. Other purchasing options are available.

While I found the EES a bit overwhelming, I did notice that some of the veteran homeschoolers whose reviews I respect on the TOS crew got into them. You can see some reviews here on the Ray’s Arithmetic portion over at Delightful Learning. Also, at Footprints in the Butter, Debra gives a good overview of how she used the Spelling, Reading and History portions.

To see what other TOS crewmates have to say, click here!

The Eclectic Education Series was provided to me for the purpose of my review. I have expressed my unbiased opinion on this product.