Thursday, October 25, 2012
Schoolhouse Review: Samson's Classroom
SAMSON'S CLASSROOM is an online resource for K-5th grade that teaches sight words, spelling and reading comprehension.
There are three sections of games to Samson's Classroom.
SIGHT WORDS: Sight words with Samson is proven to help early readers to master the 224 most commonly used words in the English language. The sight words are divided into lists that are taught in 5 steps.
Once they have finished all 5 exercises, they know the words.
SPELLING: Spelling with Samson has over 5,000 words available. The teacher (parent) has the choice of creating their own lists or use one of the lists already included in the program. We have been using the ones provided.
My boy bug takes Tae Kwon Do, so his favorite part of the spelling is the missing letters part where Samson karate chops his way through the missing letters.
READING: Reading with Samson gives students practice with their reading. My two bugs really liked this section a lot. There are so many different stories, very fun and engaging.
Again, my boy bug really enjoyed this. He asks me everyday if he can get on Samson's classroom. He will sit for the longest time and read these stories. He enjoys them so much that he started with the lowest level and is working towards finishing with the highest one. I am tickled pink that he is enjoying reading and spelling so much. You know it's a hit when they ask you if they can do something like this each and every day.
The swinging of the hammer was by far, the favorite! Everyone gathers around to see how many hammer points each one can get. This site is, and I quote, "TOTALLY AWESOME!!!"
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS:
I think, for the older bugs, it's a really good site for practice. For the little bugs, it will be a wonderful supplement to their phonics and language curriculum. I can see our family using this for a long time. As of right now, I have two bugs, ages 9 and 11, using this. They are really enjoying it. I highly recommend this site, especially for a child/children who enjoy online, educational games. This is great for daily work and for "busy work" when I need to help another bug and give them my undivided attention.
You can purchase Samson's Classroom for 1 student for $30/year or $50/year for up to 4 users. They have several different pricing plans.
We were given a family membership for this review.
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Disclaimer: I received a family membership to Samson's classroom, free, in exchange for my honest opinion and review.