Friday, May 10, 2013

Ooka Island ~ A Mosaic Review

Today I get to review Ladybug and Monkey's FAVORITE learning game! They absolutely LOVE Ooka Island. We had the chance to review it a couple years ago and they were so upset when it ended. A few months ago (before I knew we were going to review it again) I found a great deal on a subscription and purchased it! Now...on with the review!
*Note: The Ooka Island website is PACKED full of information and videos. Please click all the links in this post to truly SEE what Ooka Island is all about!
What is Ooka Island?
From the website: 
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.
Ladybug and Monkey playing Ooka Island
In a Nutshell:
~Download and Install Game (high-speed required)
~Internet required for play
~Ages Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd grade (could be used for older children for remediation)
~Earn Ooka Mist (currency) to purchase goodies for the Pencil Playground
~85 leveled books
~Customize your Avatar
~First, follow Zobot around the Island (guided learning-20 minutes). Next, Enter the Popcorn Library. Then, Explore the island (free play-8 minutes). Repeat until the entire program is complete.
~The Cave of Sounds: Auditory recognition of sounds, letter-sound correspondence, identify initial and final consonants in words
~Popcorn Library: Reading comprehension and fluency skills
~Alphabet Mountain: Identifying and sequencing lower and uppercase letters
~Bubbly Trubbly: Letter-sound correspondence
~Cake Factory: Letter-sound correspondence, segmenting, blending and decoding
~Submarine Listening: Identifying vowel in initial, medial and final positions
~Word Ball: Auditory discrimination between syllables and words, decoding
~Pencil Playground: Social/emotional play-based learning
~Clumsy Wacky Moving Company: Blending onset and rime, blending sounds into words, rhyming
~Pricing is affordable (less than $20/month for up to 4 children). There are 3 ways to purchase (home edition, school edition and homeschool edition
~Website Contact Form
Monkey playing with his Zopet in the Pencil Playground
Our Thoughts:
We love Ooka Island. Monkey asks to "do school" everyday (including weekends). He loves playing Ooka Island and is learning so much. We have had trouble getting Ladybug to enjoy learning to read. Ooka Island is the ONLY thing we have found that she doesn't fight and is actually willing to do. She is also making progress in her reading ability. I love Ooka Island because both my little readers enjoy it and Ladybug is actually enjoying reading. It has been quite a struggle with her. 
Click HERE for 30% off Ooka Island 
(in addition to the already 37% off Family Edition)!!!

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