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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.

If you want to help your kids study for the SAT or ACT, or maybe you just want to improve your vocabulary, some of these new book and digital products might be perfect for you. I received a book from VocabAhead with over 300 pages of common SAT and ACT vocab words–the book uses the form of cartoons to tell a story, explaining and reinforcing the definition for each word. I think everyone would agree that kids like this type of learning approach. This way they have an amusing visual that helps them more easily remember a new word.

Now, while using cartoons may not be brand new, the people over at VocabAhead are definitely thinking ahead…they have also made these cartoons available as videos and MP3s. You can listen to the cartoons narrated through your mp3 player–or even get iPod, iPhone and iPad apps which play the cartoons.

My book version of VocabAhead includes a code I can use to go to the website and download mp3 videos of the words in my book. The book also includes a review quiz after each set of ten words, so Nick is just adding a tiny bit of vocab into each day, and doing a review quiz weekly. I think this is a no fail way to add a bit of vocab. One thing I didn’t like is that the written book does not show the pronunciation for each word–but, the videos do sound each one out.

You can see a bit of VocabAhead here:

As far as watching the videos, I’m not so into watching my own mp3s–I like using the App, and I like playing around on the VocabAhead website. Check out the SAT visual flash cards in their study room, watch videos or signup for an email word of the day.

You can purchase the VocabAhead book with the 300 Most Common SAT words for $12.95, here.

See what my crewmates have to say about VocabAhead.

I received VocabAhead SAT Vocabulary through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Cover of "Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT Word P...

Cover of Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT Word Power

If you are hoping to improve your kids vocabulary…or looking to add some fun into your homeschool, I totally recommend the book I am reviewing today! This aid for Vocabulary understanding and retention is hysterical. I have several kids who are thumbing through it whenever they are bored or trying to ignore other work they have to do.

The basis of the book is using the power of mnemonics to learn hundreds of SAT Words. Take a look at the graphic below for a simple explanation:

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* In independent school tests, students with Vocabulary Cartoons learned 72% more words than students with traditional rote memory study materials and had 90% retention.

This particular book is $12.95 and is for the 7th to 12th grade level, and has 290 SAT words and includes 29 review quizzes.

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We have been using this for a quick vocabulary quiz each week. If you have younger children, you can also find elementary options. I think this is a real winner. Reasonably priced, funny and easy to implement. Go to Vocabulary Cartoons to find out more.

See what my crewmates have to say about Vocabulary Cartoons (New Monic), here

I received the book, Vocabulary Cartoons, SAT Word Power for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.