I went to the gym the other day to take the girls to their homeschool swim class. I had to park in the way-over-yonder section of the lot because the gym was THE PLACE TO BE. And I realized that it was because it was the first official school day in the public school system and a whole bunch of moms were like WOOHOO…FREEEEEDOOOOOOM!!!!!

*Sigh.*

And for just a moment, or five, I was a little bit jealous.

This is now officially my 7th year homeschooling my children. I’ve said since the beginning that as long as I stay one day smarter than they are, and no one is in intensive therapy, we’ll keep going. So far, so good.

When Emme was just starting 1st grade, I stumbled upon an online curriculum called** Big IQ Kids**. Emme became a proficient speller I believe because I supplemented **Big IQ Kids** along with her regular phonics/english curriculum.

I’ve added two more children to the homeschooling mix, and changed curriculum a few times until I found something that works for all of us (which I’ll get into that later in the week during the Curriculum Round-up on Friday). But the one constant in our homeschooling curriculum is the use of **Big IQ Kids** to supplement their learning.

What is **Big IQ Kids**?

**Big IQ Kids** is an online interactive learning program created for students K – 12 that promotes spelling, vocabulary building, math fact mastery, and U.S. geography knowledge by using multimedia reinforcement and independent learning. All of that appeals to the homeschooling parent in me, but my kids love it because it makes learning FUN.

Students are able to earn game coins by completing lessons, and can then cash them in to play a wide variety of games. Many of the games are educational as well, and also enhance that all important eye-hand motor coordination.

Best of all, the parent/teacher is able to modify lessons to complement current curriculum, or to address problem areas. For example, when using the Spelling program, I am able to use my child’s actual spelling list for the week. And in the math section, I’m able to modify the lesson to include AS MANY MULTIPLICATION PROBLEMS as I want. (insert maniacal laughter)

Also, they have just combined Spelling and Vocabulary to create learning reinforcement designed for 3rd grade and up, while also keeping Spelling Junior for the younger set.

Jensen is now in the 1st grade (hold me) and is learning his spelling words on the Spelling Junior program. He lives to play boo-boo snake when he completes his lesson. After watching his sisters play online for years, he is beyond thrilled to finally join in.

Free verses Premium

Big IQ Kids offers two types of accounts, free and premium. The biggest difference between the two is that in the premium (paid) account, the parent is able to monitor the progress of the student and advance them when mastery of the subject matter is achieved. In other words, I receive an e-mail telling me what words (or math problems) were missed when my children take a pop quiz or test.

The premium program also allows kids to customize a “buddy” and have full game page access with the ability to save game coins and gaming high scores.

A Giveaway!

Every year, Big IQ Kids lets me host a giveaway for a premium bundle to one lucky reader. The bundle includes full access to all programs, including Spelling, Vocabulary, Math Facts, and U.S. facts. But this year, I am able to give away TWO Big IQ Kids Premium accounts, and will run the contest for two weeks, giving away one each week. WOOHOO.

All you need to do to enter this week is to visit Big IQ Kids, poke around a little, try it out for free, and come back here and tell me in comments **which program you think your child would most benefit from?**

**A few rules, because what’s school without rules?:**

*You must answer the prompt given.**No duplicate comments/ one entry per person.**This giveaway is open internationally, age 18 or over.**Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.**You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.*

I will leave comments open for this weeks giveaway until **Sunday, August 21st at 9:00 PM, EST.**

*( Please note: Big IQ Kids has provided me access to their website for the purposes of review their product. I have not been compensated for this review. The opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.)*

**Comments are now closed.**

Angie PI can’t decide between the young spellers of the math facts! Both would be beneficial!

beachmommaWe like the math practice and well, my boys certainly like being ‘rewarded’ with the games =)

staciI think math facts would help my 8 year old learn with a bit more enthusiasm!!!!

Jenn P.The math practice would be great for my child having a harder time memorizing her multiplication facts!!

KarenThe geography! What a fun way to learn it.

SturgmomWe could definitely use the math practice!

CallieMath facts for my older two. Geography for my youngest, who already has a math brain.

KristenI think the math and the geography would be a huge help to us – my oldest has really struggled with math, and we are subscribed to IXL math (after months of not finding something that worked!), but I am always looking for something that would supplement, and this, I think, would do the trick. :O)

Melanie LawrenceThis will be my first year homeschooling, my 2nd grader and preschooler, what more can I say? I think we would benefit from all that they offer and will give my son motivation when it runs low.

KateMath facts help would be great, although the geography would go great with our study of U.S. history this year.

DeanaI would use all of it, but would start with the math. I hate it myself and hate teaching it as well. All help with math is appreciated!

DianeMy son is behind in spelling, so I know that would really help him.

MimThe math for sure but probably the spelling too. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Jen5253I know that my daughter would love the math and the geography sections! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

MichelleMy son would love the geography, I’m sure. And, games for a reward is right up his alley! Thanks!

ChristineHmm, I would probably use the Geography simply due to the fact that we are doing US studies this year.

DeeDee, have your children learned to type yet? I’m curious if the spelling “keyboard”, given in alphabetical order, creates an issue when it comes to learning to type?

DawnOne of mine would love the math. The other would like the geography. I think everyone here could make use of the spelling.

KrissyDefinitely geography would be beneficial this year. Especially because we are planning on doing lap books for all of the states.. whew! (It was my daughter’s idea. She loves making those darn lap books).

BriannaSpelling and math facts for sure. But anything they can learn without needing my undivided attention would help us out!

AnnGIi think we would benefit from the geography the most because that seems to be one of those subjects that I can never get to during our usual school day! This would ensure that it would get done on a regular basis!

Katherine MThe math would be a great way to help my first grader memorize his facts.

DebbyWe enjoyed learning a couple different vocabulary words today. Also worked on some math.

Rachelle LitzenbergMy son needs so much help with MATH!!

DarleneWe just discovered the free side of IQ kids as we started our home school year this week. Math and spelling are our favorites so far, but I had no curriculum money left for the Premium. Thanks for hosting this great give-away!

CasieWe would love to us the spelling program!

JennaI think they would benefit from all of the studies. We’d be mainly interested in geography, math, and spelling! =)

Thanks!

Jenna

Mrs. H.My oldest would benefit most from the math facts. My little one would LOVE the spelling. 🙂

NancyThe spelling is good practice for my oldest grand daughter.

Robin RileyThe spelling would be a fantastic help to my son and daughter.

Vicki SMy boys would benefit from the math and the spelling/vocabulary. Two boys who LOVE video games can’t help but be motivated to finish the lessons. Thanks!

Christi SI think my kids would benefit more from the math, although the spelling would also be high up on the list of what they would benefit from.

Since we are starting schooling tomorrow, we are going to try it out then. hehehehe. the kids don’t know it is starting tomorrow. There will be much weeping and wailing and nashing of teeth. And then I wake the kids up.