How Did We Use This Product?
|A Screenshot of the Main Menu Page|
You can see the full range of levels here...there are complete reading units for grades K-3, three levels of spelling, reading comprehension for levels 4-6, Vocabulary Builder for levels 4-6, Spelling for grades 4-6, Grammar for grades 3-5 and spelling stumpers for levels 1-9.
Your child gets started by simply clicking on one of these units. Little Britches stuck with the 3rd grade reading, and fun with spelling level 3. He didn't wander into any of the other units, but there is MORE than enough to keep him busy in the two he has been checking out. Baby Britches stuck with the Reading for Kindergarten.
When they click on their unit choice, it will ask them to log in.
This is using the username/password you set up for each of your students. They will have to use this log in anytime they change units on this main menu, but once they log in, they do not have to log in again within the unit.
Each unit is set up with different lesson sections in a unit menu.
The stars after the lesson units demonstrate how much of the lesson has been completed. You can see that Baby Britches has completed all of his Readiness Skills and some of his Phonics, while Little Britches has completed quite a bit of his Vocabulary Builder.
Within each lesson unit is another menu of focused skills relating to that lesson topic. For instance, if you click on Baby Britches "Phonics" it will take you to a menu that has the topics "Alphabet, Phonetic Awareness and Consonants". Then by clicking on any of these you will find the actual activities to be completed. Sometimes there are only 2 or 3 and sometimes there are 20+. As the student completes each section they get marked with stars to show that they have been completed.
|A menu from Picture Vocabulary as part of Readiness Skills for Grade K|
|A menu from Group A as part of Reading Comprehension for Grade 3|
At anytime, your student can check their star count by clicking the blue star button in the upper right corner of the screen.
|Star count for Reading Comprehension Group A|
If the student has received an 80% or better on the activities they will have a gold star. If it is below 80% they will have silver stars. You can see that it also tells you how much has been completed for the lesson. Both boys LOVE to count their stars.
So what would a lesson look like? Here are some examples from each of the boys units based on what they have completed thus far...
|Baby Britches has to click BIGGEST to SMALLEST.|
|Baby Britches has to click the photos that are opposites of each other|
|Baby Britches has to click on the black letter combo that matches the pattern|
|Little Britches has to click on the photo that matches the word he heard|
|Little Britches has to find the compound words in this word search|
|Working on his word search|
|Little Britches has to match the shadow shapes of letters to the actual words|
|Little Britches has to read a short story and then answer questions about it|
And there is so much more...SOOOO much more.
When the boys would work on their program, each boy spent about 20 minutes 4 days a week and completed whatever they wanted in their program within that period of time. There were certain activities that each of them preferred over the other and sometimes they would seek out those specific ones in their lessons and only work on them.
|Vocabulary Builder--Grades 4-6 (all have same main menu--different level activities)|
|Reading Comprehension Grades 4-6|
Each of these have a menu of 10+ stories. Each story has activities (at the bottom) that are related to the story.
|Grammar for Grades 3-5 Subject Menu|
|Spelling Stumpers 1 to 5|
|Fun with Spelling Level 3|
|Baby Britches has earned two certificates which you can see here...clicking the words gives you the pdf to print|
What Are Our Thoughts on the Product?
#1 Eliminate the nature sounds.
Little Britches however has LONG units with multiple sections and every section has to be complete before a certificate is given. Sometimes this means completing 30+ sections. He got lucky when he did "similies" because there was only 2 sections and he received a certificate. I think that there should be no more than 20 sections before the student can receive a certificate. (If you remember, Little Britches definitely agrees with this one.)
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As we gear up to start our new year, I definitely see us continuing to use this program with each boy...but I'm thinking that it would be fewer times per week...except for Baby Britches. He loves it so much I think this would work well when I need to do one-on-one time with Little Britches!
I am going to give you a break from sharing reviews until the end of next week...which means I can focus on some other posts like what our curriculum for 2014-2015 is going to look like, some recipes (yay!), book review (yay!) and who knows what else!
Hope to see you back soon!