Friday, March 25, 2011

Big IQ Kids Premium Membership ** TOS Review**



We were given a Premium Membership to Big IQ Kids to review for the TOS Crew.

Big IQ kids is an online educational program that teaches your child Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, and Geography. The premium program tracks your child, saves all of their information and points and alerts me when they make major accomplishments. I can also log in at any time and see how they're doing.



Spelling...
The Spelling program comes either with automatic word lists customized to your child's level or you can use the spelling words your child is already working on and have your child quizzed on those. I love that feature because that means one less thing for Mom to worry about. I can just put their spelling words into the program and let Big IQ kids do the work.  The kids much prefer that too. It's much easier to learn your spelling words while doing a game than by Mom trying to drill them into your brain, or so I've been told.



Math...
First let me say I love this math program.  It's simple drilling BUT it doesn't have to be all one thing. You can go in and say I want it to be 20% double digit addition, 30% double digit subtraction and 50% single digit multiplication and that is exactly what your child will get. I hate that most programs make you choose one type of problems to work on when in reality my children need practice in multiple things. Now if you want them to just work on one thing great set that at 100%.  The kids didn't choose math on their own to work on but they also didn't complain when I asked them to do it. No complaining is good enough for me.


Vocabulary...
The vocabulary is much like the spelling. You can use their words or insert your own. I love this for the same reason I love the spelling. We have a lot of subjects that require us to learn vocabulary. Now I can just go through our weeks lessons, gather all of those words and insert them into this program. Voila no more writing out definition after definition. Can I say writing definitions is one of my children't least favorite activities.  


Geography...
This is by far my children's favorite aspect of the program. This is what they beg to do when they get on. Which works for me since I was lacking in Geography curriculum. It teaches them the states and different information on each state. It also teaches them how to spell each state, it's capital and it's abbreviation. 


Our experience:
All in all my kids really enjoyed this program. They never complained about doing it and often asked to do it. 
They have learned well from it so that makes Momma happy. I also find it extremely helpful that I can use the spelling and vocabulary words my kids already need to learn. 

A couple cons...
One is that the computer voice is annoying, my kids never mentioned it but it did bother me. 
The other is that some things are hard to navigate. Like for one it says to go to the game page to change your robot guys appearance but I could never find the game page and neither could my children. Definitely not a huge deal, just a minor annoyance. 

Free VS Premium (from the site)
The primary differences between the BigIQkids FREE and PREMIUMprograms 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 trackedsavedproblem areas identified and these findings are reported via email to parents and/or teachers. The PREMIUMprogram offers students customized buddiesfull 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.

Pricing
For all of the programs it is $19.99 Per month or $99.99 per year. 
You can also choose just one program to make premium for $7.99 a month. 
These prices are per account. Visit the website here for full pricing info. 

My suggestion....
Go and register to try it free. See how your child likes it and if you and your child love it purchase a membership. It really is a fun site even if you can only do the free portion. I know it's not in all of our budgets to use the premium account although I have really enjoyed it. 

Go check out what my other crewmates thought here. 

I received a free premium account to Big IQ kids in exchange for my honest review of their product. No other compensation was received.

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