Skip to main content

TOS Homeschool Crew Product Review ~ BIG IQ Kids

Big IQ Kids can best be described as an educational website aimed at helping students achieve excellence in spelling, math, vocabulary and United States geography. That's a very broad overview, of course ~ I will explore a few aspects of the program in-depth while leaving plenty of room for you to dig into Big IQ Kids for yourself!

The first thing I noticed about Big IQ Kids was how easy it was to set up user accounts. Not all websites have taken the time to ensure that the initial process is reasonably simple. As a busy mother of five, I appreciate that the website designers took care of that important detail. Ease of use = amount of use in our homeschool!

After setting up user accounts, my daughters chose characters to use in the games. It gave a personalized feel to each of their accounts, and added a "fun" aspect to the academic aspect of Big IQ Kids. Then they were ready to begin lessons in one of 4
categories: Spelling Math U.S. States Vocab

Each subject category has multiple lessons that the students progress through. For example, in the States category there are 50 levels (one level for each of our 50 states). Within each of the 50 levels, students can work on different topics (State Location, State Spelling, State Capital, State Abbreviations, or a State Fun Facts Game). As they learn, they earn coins that can be redeemed to play games on the Big IQ Kids website ( The games really are fun and engaging; while I don't believe in bribing my children to do their school work, I will admit that fun games are a nice incentive for completing the lessons. Everyone enjoys a reward for a job well done, and I feel Big IQ Kids gives fair rewards for the work done. Coins are earned, not handed out like candy. Their reward system gets a stamp of approval from this homeschool mom!!

Parents receive emails when students have completed an assignment. The emails are wonderful, and give specific details such as which spelling words were spelled correctly and which ones need more work. Grades for tests and math assignments are included in the emails (which makes grading simple for mom - a bonus for me since you all know that grading is my most dreaded homeschool chore!!). I like that I'm not required to log into each child's account in order to see their progress. However, I can log in and see at a glance how they are progressing in any of the categories. This at-a-glance feature is another plus for busy moms of many siblings.

I was drawn to the Spelling and Vocab categories right away. I found online chapter books (which can also be printed) for kids with the ability to double-click on a word if they need help pronouncing it, vocab lessons (you can do the prepared lessons or modify them and add your own words), participate in a spelling bee or do a spelling lesson (again with the option to add your own words to the word list) - and a whole lot more. They have a "Reading Should Be Fun" motto and their books can be read with a Kindle. And there are "Tutors" at each level of each subject to help the student through each lesson.

My girls had this to say about Big IQ Kids ~

Daughter 1 - "I like that it helps me learn how to spell instead of just expecting me to spell. I can review the words if I need to. And I earn coins to play the games, which are pretty fun. I really like the game 'Icicle'! My favorite part of Big IQ Kids is the spelling program."

Daughter 2 - "I use the spelling program the most on Big IQ Kids. I have to learn before I earn coins to play the games. Some websites let you play the games to learn, but I think Big IQ Kids has a better method of making the game the reward for doing well. It's challenging; I have to work hard on mastering my spelling words and some of them are really hard (like heterogeneous). I definitely feel more confident about my spelling after using Big IQ Kids."

Feel free to look visit their website at and explore their free options to get a feel for what they offer. You can also take advantage of their free one week trial. The cost for using Big IQ Kids beyond the free trial is $19.99/month OR $99.99/12 months. (They also have a classroom account available for the price of $299.99/12 months).

This product was received at no cost for review purposes.

Thanks for reading this product review & may your homeschool day be blessed!

Day 87 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. WOW! You get some of the coolest things to review. This sounds like something that would be FABULOUS for Caleb, who is a bright student and yet just needs a little extra help or push to excel! I will definitely look this over. Not sure we would want to pay the montly fee since he is public schooled and yet it may be the best $19.99 we have ever spent a month!! THANKS again for another awesome review!! :)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A Homeschool Mom's Devotional (# 1)

Colossians 4:17 tells the reader to "be sure to carry out the work the Lord gave you".

How can this be applied to the enormously busy lifestyle of a homeschool mom?

First of all, we must always remember that the Word of God has the answer for our every need and we can trust fully in God to use His Word to lead us, guide us, correct us, and bless us.

Keeping that in mind, let's consider what this verse is saying. We are told to carry out, or complete, the work the Lord has given us. We are wives, mothers, homeschoolers. Those three BIG job descriptions come immediately to mind when I think of homeschooling mothers. Applying God's Word to our life means carrying out our work as wives, as mothers, and as homeschoolers.

When I am exhausted from another long day (or long week, long month, long year, etc.) I still must honor the Lord by blessing my husband. Maybe that means having a hot meal on the table when he arrives home from work. Perhaps your husband would prefer a…

A Schoolhouse Crew Review ~ Homeschool Spanish Academy

Homeschool Spanish Academy described in a single word ~ WOW!!!

Okay, now that I've pretty much summed up how our family feels about Homeschool Spanish Academy, let me give you some reasons for the "WOW" factor.

Right from the start, the process was a breeze. Working with tech support was fantastic; they made all the set up/prep/techie stuff easy.  Once it was determined that our laptop was good to hook, my daughter logged into her Skype account and answered a call from her teacher, Elda. And let me tell you, Elda is terrific. In fact, everyone we have had the pleasure of working with has been terrific. I could boast all day about the caliber of the people at Homeschool Spanish Academy...but again I can sum it up with the word WOW!!!

Live video chat lessons are done via Skype - if you don't have a Skype account you can set one up for free. The teacher from Homeschool Spanish Academy will "call" your child; once your child "answers" the call the tea…

Homework for the Homeschool Mom

As the homeschool mama, I am the one doing the assigning and not usually the one receiving the assigning. I am sure you feel the exact same way. But today I am giving you, the mother who is (most likely) primarily in charge of her children's education, a homework assignment. And I really hope you will take the time to complete it!

The first part of your homework assignment is simple:

          Grab your Bible, turn to Matthew 25:14-30, and read it.

Re-read, highlight, underline or take notes on any portion(s) of this passage that stand out to you. Be an active reader. Read this while thinking about your own life. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you about this passage.

Then, read it one more time.

Finally, the "hard" part of the assignment....

Sit quietly before the Lord, pen and paper in hand, and write what He speaks to your heart about this passage. Ask Him to show you where you are rightly using what He has given you for His glory and His purposes. And, on the more di…