Growing up in rural Ontario, where everyone was bussed to the one local school, I…
This is my daughter’s 3rd month using Ooka Island and I’m amazed at the progress I’ve seen in her English reading. Her interest in reading books has grown and her recognition of English diphthongs is considerably quicker. She’s started reading signs when we’re out and about, and doesn’t automatically sound things out with French phonetics – she studies it a bit and you can see her playing around with the sounds in her head to see which language makes most sense. It’s the cutest thing!
In case you’re just tuning in (you can catch up here), Ooka Island is a game based reading program designed to help children become confident readers, built on 25 years of research and scientifically proven teaching methods. Each subscription provides all-inclusive access to 1000’s of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure. Ooka Island is available now for the web and iOS, so kids PreK to Grade 2 (and beyond if English is a second language) can play and learn anywhere.
I love how intuitive Ooka Island is, sometimes it’s like they’re in my kid’s head! My oldest went though a week or so where it seemed like she wasn’t as interested in using the program, and just when I start to worry, she moved up to a new level with new games and is so excited again. They really tailor it to the child’s progress and ability and I’m as excited as my daughters are to see what new and fun things are coming up.
After such amazing progress in only a short while, I can’t wait to see where her English reading and writing are at once she’s completed the full program. I’ve recommended Ooka Island not only to everyone who has read this blog series, but to many of my personal friends who have started to use it and they’re loving it just as much as we do. There is nothing better than getting introduced to something so fun and knowing it will help so many people!
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