My children LOVE BigIQkids! My daughter loves BigIQkids so much that she wakes up in the morning, hops out of bed, and makes a beeline to the computer 🙂
BigIQkids is an e-learning site for children in grades K-8 (whether homeschooled or not), which we received free in exchange for an honest review. The subjects available are Spelling, Math, Vocabulary, and U.S. Geography. It was very easy to set up, and I like that I could set up which grade level my children are at for EACH subject, and how many questions they are given for each lesson. Once the premium account is set up, children can customize and dress up their very own onscreen “buddy” however they like. My daughter in particular loved dressing up hers. Also customizable is the spelling program, for which you can input any spelling words from any curriculum!
Children can work completely on their own – an animated character speaks aloud to them (in a somewhat mechanical voice). One item of note – their mouths actually move phonetically – what great attention to detail, and potentially helpful for children with special needs. Another reason children are able to work on their own on BigIQkids is that the parent can keep tabs on their progress through email notifications each time the children complete something or master something, and even if they got everything right, or which areas they had trouble with, which spelling words were spelled incorrectly and how. A few times, I’ve been at the other end of the house while my two children worked for hours on BigIQkids and my iPod kept “binging” with email messages from BigIQkids, LOL. They love to work on their BigIQkids at the same time – one on the laptop, one on the PC. My 7 year old challenges my 12 year old to do a lesson at the same time as her “Ready, set, go!”
With the completion of each lesson in each subject, the child gets a “coin” to spend in the arcade. The arcade has over 35 educational and strategic games to choose from. You as a parent can set the coins to be able to be used right after they are earned, or just for weekends if you wish. My children’s favourites are Dress Up 2, CivilBalls, Sandwich Maker, and Icicle. I will warn you, Icicle is a very bizarre game, (it involves a naked cartoon character on a bicycle, of which you can’t see anything inappropriate of course) but my children love it and I can see why – it really makes them use their problem-solving skills and it’s a very challenging game. My daughter gets so excited when she gets in the “100% Club” by doing quizzes and gets access to an “extra special game” not usually available in the arcade. You should have seen my son work hard taking a Quiz over and over again until he got it perfect so he could get in the “100% Club” too 🙂 I asked them both which was their favourite subject on BigIQkids and they each answered, “math” – they actually enjoy the math drills! Even though we’re Canadian, we like to spend time learning about our U.S. neighbours to the south, and the U.S. Geography is a great way to review what we’ve learned.
If you like the sound of this program, go ahead and sign up for a free account now. From the main page of the website, click on any of the programs you would like to try, i.e. spelling and then click on “Not a Member? Create a Free Account!” Just fill out the information to register. You can also access quite a bit of the website without registering if you like. If you love the free account and want more, you can try the Premium account free for 7 days. For Premium Accounts, you can choose the entire program, including Spelling, Math, Vocabulary, and U.S. Geography, OR you can choose one, or more than one part “a la carte”. Prices range from as low as $3.33 US per month for one subject, to as low as $8.88 US a month for the entire Premium program. To see a full list of pricing options, click HERE. I LOVE how affordable this program is! There is a price point for every budget 🙂 Here is a video explaining the difference between Free and Premium Accounts:
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