Monday, November 7, 2011
Product Review: Ooka Island
Ooka Island is an online adventure game that teaches 3-to 7-year-olds early reading skills. A number of games are used to teach phonics, simple blending, and gradually more opportunities to read books on their own. You are guided by a fun-loving robot, as well as a woman and her niece and nephew.
I had Canon, my 7 year old, test out this product. Here is his take on Ooka Island.
"I loved Ooka Island. I got to save an elf. I liked all the games. There is nothing I didn't like about it. ABC Mountain was fun. Reading the books weren't the funnest, but I did save an elf while reading. It taught me about the ABC's, I liked discovering sounds in the mine. I also liked it because the Ooka Island Seedoo was so much fun - I rode it all over the place! And that's it."
LOL, it may not all make sense to you until you've seen the program. ;) But basically, he enjoyed the entire game. I thought it was way below his level - he is reading easy chapter books - but it gave him a change of pace and a strong confidence level going in. I know from what I read about it beforehand that the difficulty increases as you progress in the game, but I wish he could have started on a higher level.
One good thing about Ooka Island from a parent standpoint is the pricing system. There is only as much commitment as you'd like. You can choose a monthly rate for a trial, or a discounted, yearly rate. There is also a family price break - gotta love that! The website is offering a 14-day free trial right now! There is also a 30% discount if you use the code.
Here's the breakdown:
Overall, I have really enjoyed Ooka Island for Canon. I think I would consider purchasing it for Caleb next year - he spent a lot of time watching Canon play! Try it out for your family and see if they don't love it, too.
*Don't just take my word for it! Check out some of my fellow TOS Crew Members' reviews here.
**Disclaimer: I received this product via TOS Homeschool Crew in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions stated are mine or my children's.