This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 9th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Charlotte Mason approach.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

TOS Review ~ Ooka Island Adventure

WelcometoOokaIslandgraphicOoka what? Yes, that is what I thought when I first heard I was signed up for this review, but let me tell you it’s Fantastic! Ooka Island Adventure is an appealing computer game that will have your children learning phonics-based reading. With attractive colors, characters, and 3D graphics your child will ask to play all the time. Mine did!OokaCharactersgraphic

Ooka Island is an interactive literacy program designed especially for emerging readers Pre-K through 2nd grade.  Their website describes it this way:

The Ooka Island Adventure is a downloadable hero-mission in 3D designed to teach young children how to read fluently and well. The Ooka Island Adventure combines the highly engaging components of a state-of-the-art virtual world with the scientifically proven OokaMethod that builds literacy skills.

Carefully embedded within the Ooka Island Adventure are dozens of interactive instructional activities that captivate the child and motivate them as they learn essential pre-reading, reading, spelling, and writing skills. After completing the Ooka Island Adventure, children will be on their way to reading fluently and well for life.

Ooka Island Adventure was designed especially for the 3-7 year old age group and teaches reading with their phonics-based method called the OokaMethod.HowtheOokaMethodWorks-01

The OokaMethodTM combines phonological development and language-rich text with comprehension activities so that children have the opportunity to achieve effortless reading.

               This link explains it in detail.

Using the Ooka Method, students begin learning and reinforcing letter sounds and through the use of interactive games, they learn to combine those sounds to form words. Sooner than you think your child will be reading the interactive E-books from the Popcorn Library, and who doesn’t enjoy popcorn? The Popcorn Library consists of 85 books that are unlocked one book at a time as your child progresses through the fun lessons. At the end of each lesson, your child will be rewarded 8 minutes of free play to roam around the island to shop or practice skills learned in the game. There is also an Avatar your child can customize for their adventure. Through progressing and completing the various levels in the game your child will earn “mists”, which is money on Ooka Island. The mists, can be used to purchase extra clothes and accessories for your avatar.

My young ones don’t spend a whole lot of time on the computer during the week, but I am happy to say that when they do, Ooka Island Adventure is a requested game to play. I plan on keeping Montana playing this game for reinforcement of our daily phonics lessons at least 3-4 times a week. I have seen improvement in “ear training” since using this program with her, so in my book this fun, exciting game is a keeper! Want to try it out for yourself? There is a free 14 day trial and right now Ooka Island Adventure is offering a 30% discount for new subscriptions. Here is a handy chart for their regular pricing. See what my crewmates thought by clicking HERE.

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Product ~ Ooka Island Adventure

Price ~ see detailed chart above

Ages~ 3-7 year olds

***High speed internet recommended. This program is a pretty large download. It took several hours to download, but it’s well worth the wait***

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I received a download of Ooka Island Adventure, in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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