Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ooka Island Adventure Review


Over the past 11 years of homeschooling I've accumulated more books, curriculum and workbooks on how to teach your child to read then any other. For some reason I get tense when it comes to doing this. Maybe it stems back from the few years my kids were in private school and my oldest daughter was held back in first grade for not reading on the level the expected her to be at (side note - this is the daughter that is now a writing major at Full Sail University writing screen plays weekly). I've had readers in my home start as early as age 4 and start as late as age 10. I've found it just depends on the child, but that doesn't always stop me from the stress is they're not reading by a certain age. As a homeschool mom there are times I wonder if I'm doing enough and if I'm doing it right - even after all these years and all these kids.

I can't tell you how good it feels to find a product that not only is TEACHING, but one that my children LOVE and are LEARNING from!

Ooka Island is built upon the discoveries and research of Dr. Kay MacPhee, a lifelong educator who worked with hearing impaired people for many years, teaching them to use what hearing they had to speak, read and write.

Created by the founder of the US DOE’s top-rated program for reading comprehension, the OOKA Method revolves around the five following fundamentals of reading: phonemic awareness, phonetics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

Ooka Island is a fun, engaging tool to help your child ages pre-school to 2nd grade learn to read. It's a game adventure with phonics, vocab, fluency, and comprehension.

The Eye / Ear Reading Method revolves around the five following fundamentals of reading: phonemic awareness, phonetics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

There are many different additional aspects to Ooka Island's approach -
Blended Learning Model - Where the Ooka Island adventure can be used in a blended learning environment with print components including workbooks, guides, lesson plans and story game cards.

Learning Flow Cycle - Where there are three distinct parts - Guided Play, e-Reader, and Free Play.
Ooka Tunes app your children can sing along to their favorite Ooka Island tunes.

Motivational Tools - Free tools to keep your reader motivated and excited about reading! Track reading progress as your learners travel through all 85 leveled and sequenced Ooka Island book titles. And then print their reward certificate!

Ooka Island Workbooks - A free resource that provide hands on activities and complement the e-books.

CHEEReader - Used to encourage and support young learners in their quest to learn to read. “Great Job!” and “Hooray for you!” are two examples.

Ooka Reading Assessment - For children already reading.  

Ooka Island is filled with wonderful activities that your child will love! My 7 and 6 year old have had so much fun and better yet!!!! Have learned letter sounds and are anxious to continue on with Ooka Island!

Pricing for Ooka Island is as follows -
$12.95 monthly or $124.95 annual for one child. (20% savings)
$19.95 monthly or $149.95 annual for up to 4 children. (37% savings)

There is also special pricing options for schools. You can read more about that HERE.

Order Ooka Island before June 1st, 2013 and you'll get 30% off any MONTHLY or ANNUAL subscription!

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