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!!!!!
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.
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.)
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