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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

TOS Review: Big IQ Kids

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What is Big IQ Kids?

Big IQ Kids is an online educational program designed to "help children develop the skills needed to perform to his/her full potential." (Quote from their website). It is designed for students in grades K-adults and promote spelling efficiency, vocabulary building, math fact mastery and US geography knowledge via multimedia reinforcement and independent learning.

At Big IQ Kids you will find  FREE spelling, math, vocabulary, U.S. states programs and vocabulary games, as well as a PREMIUM program for Math, US Geography and Junior program spelling.

I was given a premium membership for review and the difference  lies in "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.  . . .The PREMIUM program has very LIMITED advertisement an no ads are displayed during lesson interaction."(quote from their website)

Pricing:

Spelling Junior:  $7.99/month; $39.99/12 months


Premium Math: $9.99/month; $49.99/12 months


Premium USA Geography: $39.99/12 months



Our opinion:

My boys were not too keen on the program and that is solely because it is basically a drill program, and my boys, especially my oldest, absolutely hates drills. He does not like Math and Spelling precisely because it is about mastering facts, and Big IQ Kids  was not able to help him enjoy that. The worst thing you can do to him is to give him a list of operations  to do, or a list of words to practice.

Here is what a Math page would look like:

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My youngest was ok with it but it still was not his favorite thing to do.

Personally, I think it is a great program as it does help mastering facts through repetitions and drill. Since I was offered a one year membership, I will continue to use it, especially for my youngest, as I can see the great potential of the program.

Another feature I like about the program (PREMIUM) is that it sends you a report of how the child is progressing and moves the child up to the next level as mastery is acquired.

It is totally independent, no parent involvement required or needed.

Additionally, you can set how many problems the child is required to do, and when he does it, he gets tokens that can be redeemed for games. My boys always thought that they did not have enough points, and that it was too much work to get the points, but I have to admit that I may have given them to much to do at a time. The games are fun and the boys enjoyed that part of the program for sure.

You could also set your own spelling and vocabulary list or use the program's.

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The only thing that I found somewhat annoying was the robotic voice of the narrator, but I suppose one can always get over it.

So to recap, I will say that Big IQ Kids, although not my boys' best loved product, is definitely worth looking into. The fact that most of it s free is a positive incentive. If your kids do not mind drilling, or if you are a firm believer of drilling, and fact mastery, even more reason to give this a good look and try.

So check out the free demo for the spelling Junior,  the free 7 day Math premium trial, and the free US Geography 7 day trial.

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Disclosure: This is not a paid review. I was offered a one year membership in exchange fore a fair, honest review.

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