Friday, February 18, 2011
KID SCOOP Review ~ TOS Crew
If you are looking for a fun yet educational product to use in your homeschool that is also cross-curricular, KID SCOOP could be just what you need! KID SCOOP consists of an online program and a "hands-on" product called "The Reluctant Reader Solution". And while I can't say I have any reluctant readers, I can tell you that this product contains all the necessary ingredients to help a non-reader become an avid reader. (I think of the process in Star Wars terms ~ the reluctant reader begins to enjoy reading and turns from the Dark Side...)
There are 3 key components offered by KID SCOOP:
1. FREE ~ By visiting the website www.KIDSCOOP.com you can sign up for 30 days of "Make Reading Fun" and a tip-of-the-day.
2. "The Reluctant Reader Solution Download" ~ This product is basically a series of e-books contained in a zip drive (takes up minimal room on your PC or laptop). You receive and email link to download the product and a link with instructions; the link expires 48 hours after purchase and each purchaser receives a new link.
3. "The Reluctant Reader Solution Online" ~ This is best described as an online newspaper for kids.
Our family especially enjoyed reviewing KID SCOOP since our 5th grade daughter has recently become fascinated with creating her own daily paper. She enjoys exploring the website (www.KidScoop.com) and reading the online newspapers. Overall it has enhanced her interest in the newspaper business, and as a homeschooling mother I LOVE products that increase interest (since an increase in interest = an increase in learning).
The downloads are down right terrific. I have incorporated several of them in our daily lesson plans (with ease, might I say). And I fully intend to continue using "The Reluctant Reader Solution" e-books. They contain enough "fun-n-games" to keep my 5th grader intrigued, but they are jam-packed with information. I consider the e-books to be an all-around excellent product for a homeschool family.
A sampling of the subject matter covered includes: Orca whales, teasing, immunizations, working with clay, nutrition labels, Valentine's Day, and Tom Sawyer. As you can see, KID SCOOP offers a wide variety of reading material. If you happen to have a reluctant reader in your home, and you were looking for a curriculum that would inspire said student while enhancing your current studies, you just found it. There is enough content in each volume of KID SCOOP to generate reading interest and expand the student's understanding of the given topic, but not so much as to seem filled with "busy work". (I've said it before and it bears repeating - I am NOT a fan of busy work...why take the time to create a curriculum and then fill it with twaddle?)
Not only can homeschool families utilize this curriculum throughout the course of the school year, they can also be printed out and taken along on long car rides during summer vacations. They contain puzzles and activity sheets that are educational but also fun. I know we will take some along when we drive to Florida this coming May :)
I've written quite a bit about the downloadable portion of what KID SCOOP has to offer, but don't think for a minute that the website doesn't have just as much to offer the homeschooling family! There are themed weekly topics, a weekly writing corner, instant lessons, ways to incorporate your local newspaper into your daily learning, a lesson library, and a nifty feature known as the "Webliography". (Is your interest piqued?? Go to www.KIDSCOOP.com to see more!)
While I received this product free of charge for review purposes, it's a quality product that I would be pleased to spend my homeschool dollars on. Prices vary depending on what is purchased, but you can buy individual download editions for $2.99 and entire e-books sell for $14.99. They accept PayPal and major credit cards via PayPal and once your purchase is complete you receive and email containing the link to your product.
Below is an image to give you an idea of how the e-books look on your PC:
I recommend this company's curriculum if you happen to have a reluctant reader who needs his or her interest sparked. You are sure to find topics to draw your child in, and who knows, your reluctant reader could quickly become your bookworm!
Happy reading everyone :)
Day 79 done :)
Jan L. Burt