Big IQ Kids is an online program for K-8 students.
It covers math facts, spelling, vocabulary and US geography. It was designed to be customized to each child’s level and progress. It is designed for student to log in daily and use for 10-15 minutes.
The program has both free and premium levels. I would highly suggest clicking on over and setting up an account for each of your kids to get a feel for all it has to offer!
From the website:
~The primary differences between the BigIQkids FREE and PREMIUM programs are the ability of the PREMIUM program to monitor the progress of the student and advance that student only when mastery of the subject matter has been achieved. Additionally, PREMIUM members have their progress tracked, saved, problem areas identified and these findings are reported via email to parents and/or teachers. The PREMIUM program offers students customized buddies, full game page access and the ability to save game coins and gaming high scores. These functions help double the fun while mastering core academic subject matter. The PREMIUM program has very LIMITED advertisement an no ads are displayed during lesson interaction.~
For more detailed description of each program and the differences between free and premium of each, click here.
~Premium Spelling Jr. Program is $7.99 for 1 month or $39.99 for 1 year (see website for classroom pricing)
~Premium Math Facts Program is $9.99 for 1 month or $49.99 for 1 year (see website for classroom pricing)
~Premium U.S. States Program is $39.99 for 12 months.
Thoughts from Gunn Ranch Academy
I was excited to try this out with my 6th grader because she took an interest in geography last year and the US States study seemed to fit right in with our continuing study of US history. The spelling, vocabulary and math sections were not of interest to her, so I created an account for my Kindergartener to play around with, since the website is labled K-8. My Kindergartener wanted to try the States section, so I let him with my help. It was definitely way over his head, but we played through all the sections of the lesson. We chose Texas as our first state to learn about, of course. 🙂 After we earned a coin (or correction *I* earned a coin) for playing the game, we went to the game area and spent our coin to create a “customized buddy” to play with. Levi and I played around with the spelling, I put in words and we listened to definitions and spelled the words together. Again, this was way above his head since he is just now learning to read. Next, we looked at the math facts. Since we haven’t really gotten into doing problems on paper yet, this wasn’t for him either. So I was kinda trying to figure out why this was labeled K-8. I started with the home page and looked at all the programs. Then, after clicking the “program” button at the top I found a free “short and long vowel program”. I couldn’t get Levi to cooperate and try it out, so I looked over it myself. It does quiz long and short vowels, but the child has to be able to read the words on the screen to select the word with the proper sound they hear.
My sixth grader Taylor logged on while I watched over her shoulder and started playing with the states game.
After she earned her first coin for completing a section, she created her customized buddy. She liked the interactive map where she could click on a state and get a little video and facts about the state. Of course she started with Texas. The other areas of learning include state location, state spelling, state capital and state abbreviation which includes all of the states. I included the states program on her weekly schedule as the program is designed for use everyday for 10-15 minute lessons. Taylor asked if she could please be exempt from the program after just a few interactions because she really didn’t feel she was getting anything out of it.
Taylor says , “after I pressed the state and enjoyed learning about that state, the rest of the program became too monotonous and the spelling was too easy as I already know how to spell all the states. All of the activities that I tried had the answers right on the screen in front of me! I already knew the answers to all those questions anyway, so there was no challenge, thus no learning anything new. I did like the state capital one, though, since I don’t know all those. Other than that I didn’t feel it was really learning but more copying.” “One more thing I would like to add if I can is that the freaky computer voices and eyes staring at you are kind of hard to get used to!”
I asked Taylor who might this be a good fit for? She says, “the state study would be a good fit for beginners just learning the states, maybe 2nd or 3rd grade or 4th or 5th graders could learn them this way very quickly if they don’t already know them.”
There isn’t a parent area to view the progress of the student seperately. To view what the student has done you must log into the student’s account and go to the section you want to view and click on progress report. In other words, if your student is doing vocabulary, spelling, math and states, you must log in each of those seperately while on each student’s account to view the progress.
While this wasn’t a good fit for our family, I know it’s a great program because it won a TOS Crew blue ribbon last year from our Crew!
Take a look and see what my Crewmates thought of Big IQ Kids at the TOS Crew Blog!!
*We received a free one year membership to Big IQ Kids as mates on the TOS Crew for review purposes. No other compensation was received and what you read here are our honest, unbiased opinions. Thanks for reading my review!