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I have to say that I really don't understand what it is about this program that my kids like, but they do. This program teaches them information in a trivia sort of way, but there's also learning videos on all sorts of topics for them to learn from. It's a great thing to fill in any gaps you might be worried about and also let them learn other fun things like dog breeds. I know my kids really like some of the games and the ability to design items for their castle. They love being able to earn coins for pets, too.

I bought the parent option, because we homeschool. It's nice to be able to schedule what you want them to focus on, and also to have a report card whenever you need one.

I found it best to structure it so that they are learning one of the things I assigned, then take a test on it. THEN, I have them watch 2 learning videos. The rest of the time they can use to play games of their choice, get more pets, watch videos that are fun, or design things for their castle. I give them a total of 2 hours each. I'm not sure that it's necessary to schedule it out like this because they actually earn coins for all the learning features and pay coins for all the fun things--so if they want to do more fun things, they need to do the learning things to earn the coins.

We'll probably continue to use it for a long time.”
M Green, Co-op Member
After avoiding online learning for our daughter, we are excited about the opportunities provided by Always Ice Cream. She is tackling both learned subjects via a new mode and new subjects. The biggest benefit is that she can do it as the format does not over stimulate her that which most media does.”
S. K. Robertson, Co-op Member
This is for the boys' site Clever Dragons. It is a fantastic site, my 9 year old son enjoys it. They have a wide range of subjects as well as educational and fun videos for them to watch. They earn gold coins, then they can spend them on a wide variety of activities on the site. I haven't found a site like this. This is ad-free, its monitored, its bright and colorful and fun. We will definitely be using it. I bought the lifetime membership. I have told other people about and they have signed up their family. I also have the upgraded parent membership which allows me to assign him tests and gives me a report card when I want it. They also notify every weekend of all the videos he's watched, games and learning activities he's played and what level he's on. He is very visual so the learning videos are the most enjoyable for him.

They also have a free trial which is awesome. I put him on for awhile to see if it would click for him and it did. I have not seen a program similar to this. Others focus on one thing, math or reading. This has everything and then some. It covers math, LA, Geography, history as well as typing and he can even learn a variety of other languages. This site also has Canadian geography on it! This is definitely worth checking out! We just absolutely love both the girl's site and the boy's site. And the price was very reasonable for the lifetime membership. We will definitely be using it for a lifetime.”
Sheila Knox, Co-op Member
My 6 year old daughter loves Always Ice Cream. She is always excited to go on it. It covers a wide variety of school subjects, its bright and colorful and no ads. It is carefully monitored. It is tons of fun with games such as mini-world, pet world and a great learning activities on there as well. I tried a similar website, educational, but I had a hard time getting my kids on it. Always Ice Cream, she begs to go on. Being 6 I do have to do most of her typing when she emails a friend through there, but she will definitely grow with it. We will definitely be using it, I bought the lifetime program.

I have told another homeschooling friend about it and she put her kids on it as well. I really love. I recommend it anyone who is looking for an online educational program to augment their curriculum, or anyone who would like a safe educational online program. Its fun but they also learn at the same time.
I use it to occupy one child so I can do 1-1 teaching with the other child. Plus you can have "real world" friends, on there, and email each other.

My daughter has practiced math and really improved on her reading.

I also bought the updated parent membership which allows me to give assignments and tests and gives me a report card on her progress. They also send me weekly updates on her progress on Always Ice Cream and what videos she has watched. They also have learning videos as well as fun ones. So if yours learns best by watching videos they will love this. I really like the range of subjects that they offer, I'm waiting for more Canadian content, but they do an absolutely fantastic job with what they have already too. I really like that they have typing and they teach it properly, not hen-pecking. It is definitely worth checking out. Plus they offer a free trial, unlimited really, but limits the level of games. Give it a try, we just absolutely love it!”
Sheila Knox, Co-op Member
I purchased the Lifetime membership for Always Ice Cream and Clever Dragons. Both of my school-aged children love these programs. They log on to the sites every day and love earning the rewards. I love that they are "playing" while learning!
Thank you!”
Cindy C., Co-op Member
I had no idea how much my girls would love to play Always Icecream. It's very engaging and has made them both want to do more activities so they can earn scoops (points) to build and furnish their own mini world of houses as well as take care of the pets they can hatch. You can set the grade level(s) they work on too. My K4 daughter works on the K level while my 2nd grader works on 1st - 3rd grade levels. We will definitely continue to use this program and I recommend it to anyone who has a kid that likes to learn through games. We have tried other learning websites but this is the one they always come back to and ask to play.”
Jennifer B, Co-op Member
My 6 year old son is loving Clever Dragons so very much!! Good learning site which lets you set an expanding level which is wonderful because he may be 1st on Math but 3rd on bible or reading etc.”
Janice T., Co-op Member
My daughters love Always Icecream and while they are playing, they always learn something new. It has made it so much easier and much more fun to learn the states and capitals, and they get to practice the skills they've learned in school. They also love the videos and they have become more excited about trying new things such as baking and decorating a cake or making an origami rose, for instance. They also love decorating their online homes with items they create themselves, or they purchase other girls' creations. I like that there are no advertisements and that the girls can have a safe place to play on the internet.”
Julie H., Co-op Member
My son loves playing the games and enjoys all the different activities.”
Victoria Holding, Co-op Member
My two boys joined Clever Dragons just over a year ago. They are 8 and 10 year of age. They really love this program. It has wonderful learning games on subjects that I have not been able to find on other websites or if I did I would have to have them switching between sites. This is all in one. My boys can interact with other kids on Clever Dragons. They can chat with each other through their computers. They design clothes and compete to sell them and get into the top 30 stores. They also compete each month for the top 50 highest points and win a prize. There are always new games being added. I just added the Parent Premium and love it. I can assign work and have a record of everything they have learned. Love it.”
Donna, Co-op Member
My kids love this program. It's really helped in motivating my kids to learn to type and re-enforces their language arts and math skills. I'm super impressed with how the site rewards children's progress in academics with the ability to build in their virtual world as well. My kids love building their "castles" or "homes" and decorating the rooms inside. They are learning how to buy and sell as well in the virtual world. The designers of this site are impressive! Definitely an A+!”
Maria, Co-op Member
My daughter loves Always Ice Cream. We bought the family four pass because I have four children. My favorite is the States game, and anything language arts related. She has already learned so much.”
JHeim, Co-op Member
We have only had Clever Dragons for about a week and I am sold on its teaching qualities. The math and geography have been our focus. All four of my boys memorized the countries of Europe (39 levels) this week and are now working through Asia. What maps, crayons, and years of quizzes could not do, Clever Dragons did in a week! The beauty of the program is that they still get a reduced number "gold coins" when they go back and review what they have learned. Gold coins are used to furnish homes and care for pets. I might just get my own account! We purchased the premium account and I was pleased to see the first "progress report" detailing what my kids did on Clever Dragons. Customer support at Clever Dragons and Always Ice Cream was almost immediate and very helpful. I would highly recommend this program!”
Tamiko, Co-op Member
My 11 year old daughter loves the site. I purchased Always-Icecream for the excellent geography games, but see now that it is far more than just a game site. Always Ice Cream an excellent educational supplement that can be used as a "reward" for completing other assignments.”
Tamiko, Co-op Member
I am extremely impressed with Always- IceCream and Clever Dragons. Both My son and daughter ask to "play their game" but it's not just a game. They are both learning and excited about what they are learning. I have tried other learning computer based programs but my kids didn't take to them. This program is definitely a keeper. Thank you so much for making learning fun for our family!”
Mary Coleman, Co-op Member
We love Always Icecream! It is a very fun and safe website for young girls. During our recess time they beg to check on their pets and squeeze in another game of typing or decorating a cake or serving up ice cream or designing a bedroom. There is math, history, and Bible quizzes, spelling and matching, and even foreign language games as well! It's just fun.”
Eve, Co-op Member
My daughter enjoys learning on Always-Icecream. I like that I could control the subjects and activities she has access to if I wanted to. I also like that she can play a range of grade levels instead of being stuck with one across the board. It has been a great tool for homeschooling for the days I do not feel well for her to do as I know she is getting some educational value from it.”
Melinda L., Co-op Member
We bought Clever Dragons for my elementary aged boys, and they absolutely love it. My second grader now knows all of the States in the Union, and the video, castle, and pet care incentives work like magic for them. We have already encouraged several friends to try it out. I plan on using this until the kids have maxed it out!”
Melanie D., Co-op Member
We use time with Always-Icecream for a reward for my daughter finishing up her school work. It is fun and educational, and it holds her interest very well. She is 7. I am soon going to have her work on the typing skills section of the program.”
Martha Armour, Co-op Member
My kids love to play Always Ice Cream and Clever Dragons and are learning so much without even realizing it. They beg to do it each day as a reward when their other school work is finished.”
Heidi H., Co-op Member
I have 9yeaqr-old boy/girl twins and purchased Clever Dargons/Always Icecream for them. They simply loved it! They could not wait to finish their daily studies to start learning on Always Icecream. The variety of fun educational information is awsome. I would highly recommend it.”
Christopher N., Co-op Member
I'm so glad that the Co-op had the lifetime subscription avaiable! My daughter loves the site. She calls it her "facebook for kids." She enjoys the games, creating items to sell in her store and interacting on the message board with other children. I never get groans when I tell her to go play Always Icecream!”
Dawn C, Co-op Member
My girls enjoy the various activities on Always Icecream. They find the games creative and entertaining. They have learned the states through it, improved typing skills, made cakes, and "experienced" science experiments. We have bragged to others about it and will continue to use it.”
Michelle Lindsey, Co-op Member
I bought Always-Ice Cream and Clever Dragons as a fun, inexpenive program for the kids to play with and it has been much more valuable than I thought. Both of my children, ages 10 and 7 love to use it. We consider it a game, not part of their school but they have learned a great deal. It has helped them both become proficient typists and it has helped their geography. My daughter can identify all the countries of Europe by shape. They have also learned about internet safety and some basic economics and I'm sure there is more that I'm not aware of. They also do lots of drawing and designing activities. Since we don't have any video games or smart phones I think these are skills that they will be able to use when they are older. I see other kids manipulating smart phones and ipads and this helps fill the gap for our techonolgy deficient family. I'm somewhat anti-techonolgy but I know my kids generation needs it and this is a great bridge for families who don't want to go the full video game ipad route.”
EdlynN, Co-op Member
My 2 oldest girls really enjoy Always icecream - it's a fun way to do "more school" -I like how I can trust the content on it and how I can get weekly updates on what they have been doing on the site. It is a great encouragement for my girls to get their regular school done and have them still be learning while on the computer. My initial reason for trying it was the typing option and they are doing well with it. We will continue to use it and when my other girls get older, we will get them accounts too.”
Helen M, Co-op Member
We LOVE Clever Dragons! It's so awesome that there is a site that is faith based, educational, and a safe place for our son to play online! If you have a girl that you are seeking out the same environment for online be sure to grab Always Icecream just for girls from the same people who made Clever Dragons. You will not be disappointed. Thanks to Always Icecream and Homeschool Buyers Co-op for offering another amazing deal.”
Melissa M., Co-op Member
We LOVE Always Icecream! Thank you for having a site that is faith based, educational, and a safe place for our girls to play online! If you have a boy that you are seeking out the same environment for online be sure to grab Clever Dragons from the same people who made Always Icecream. You will not be disappointed. Thanks to Always Icecream and Homeschool Buyers Co-op for offering another amazing deal.”
Melissa M., Co-op Member
My daughter has really enjoyed Always Icecream. I like that she has an opportunity to learn words from other languages, practice typing skills, and work on many other subjects she has in home school.”
Debbie L., Co-op Member
I love this--My kids will pick it over xbox and wii for their "screen time" because of their desire to take care of their little eggs that they earn.”
R. Reid, Co-op Member
I bought this so that my daughter, who was 4 at the time I bought it, could get used to the computer in a positive way, and use it for years. She is a dog-lover, and her favorite game is the Dog Breeds Quiz. Now she is 5, and as I am teaching her to read, her 'reward' if she does her work is to 'take care of her pets' on Pet World. I'm excited to see what games she can play as she learns more and more, and really love the lifetime membership that a child can grow with, offering her more and more opportunities to learn as she is ready for it.”
B. Lee, Co-op Member
My daughter and I are thrilled with our subscription to Always-IceCream. She has learned to use the keyboard properly, and improved her geography and math skills, among other things. It is educational and lots of fun at the same time. I will be getting my 6yr old daughter a subscription very soon! My daughter has told all her friends about it. This was definitely a great purchase!”
Karen, Co-op Member
My daughter loves Always Ice Cream. She has learned about Constitutional amendments from the History Game. She has also really gained an interest in cake decorating from the videos. She is on the website at least once a week and we have had a subscription for 9 months, so it has kept her interested.”
Jeanette, Co-op Member
We had gotten always-icecream for one of our daughters and found that our other daughter and son were trying to play hers. Thankfully we found that Homeschool Buyers Co-op had Always-Icecream and Clever Dragon at a discount here. We were so in love with the quality of the curriculum they provide, the games they have, and the fun our kids have playing and learning that we bought 2 lifetime subscriptions for Always-Icecream and 2 lifetime subscriptions for Cleaver Dragon. Thank you Always-Icecream and Homeschool Buyers Co-op for giving me the opportunity to put great schooling in front of my kids that I do not have to persuade them to do. You have been a life saver.”
Angela Smull, Co-op Member
I subscribed all three girls and they are all enjoying it and learning - together and individually. When I hear the particular music I know they are working on their states. There is lots of math on the website also. They like watching the cooking videos and how things are made. Lots to do!”
Laura, Co-op Member
I have 3 boys and purchased Clever Dragons for them. I'm always wanting computer games that have some educational value along with moral values for them to play. The problem is they start out very interested and always stop playing the game. This is not the case with clever dragons. The materials change enough to keep a continued interest. Thank you for offering Clever Dragons.”
Shari Drennan, Co-op Member
We have Loved Always-Icecream from day One! We use it as a reward for our girls when they score well in school or have a great attitude. It is far safer than social media giants such as Facebook or Twitter. It is also a great way for them to connect with other girls their own age. They love the games on the site as well. I was impressed with the Geography information they picked up just from playing those games! Thank you for a great, safe site for our precious girls!!”
S. Strickland, Co-op Member
My nine year old daughter loves Always Ice Cream!! She loves playing the educational games and earning scoops that she can use to buy stuff for her virtual pet turtle and to play other games. I love how the educational games are helping to build her confidence. My 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son enjoy watching their sister play on Always Ice Cream. They love watching the videos together. My oldest daughter will continue to use Always Ice Cream, and I will be purchasing a membership for my youngest daughter. I will also be purchasing my son a membership to Clever Dragons. I have recommended these websites to other moms in my homeschool group, and I will continue to do so. Websites that are educational and fun are great to have!!”
Melanie G., Co-op Member
My oldest girls, ages 5-10, absolutely love Always Ice cream! Most other online subscriptions or software I've bought eventually becomes less of a draw for them, but not Always Ice cream. They're constantly finding a new subject to play games about, and are always telling me what new levels they've reached. Anatomy? German? Geography? They love them all... I couldn't be happier that we made the purchase.”
Sweet Oatmeal Hill, Co-op Member
My 7 year old daughter loves Always Icecream! The fun games keep her engaged and she quickly learned where all 50 states are on a map. My 10 year old son enjoys the games on Clever Dragons and is currently learning to type! I am so glad that this was offered through the co-op. I recommend it to anyone who wants to supplement their school day with fun.”
Becki L, Co-op Member
My ~9 y/o daughter really enjoys her membership! They just did a nice upgrade so the girls are more human looking and not quite so "wii-esque" anymore. Only thing we wish is that she and her older brother could chat between her Ice Cream membership and his Clever Dragons one.”
Bonny H., Co-op Member
My Daughter LOVES the Always Ice Cream website and plays on it daily. I participated in the GroupBuy you had on it before and hope you do another one now that Clever Dragons has started, my Son LOVES it and I will definitely participate if you do!!!”
Anna M., Co-op Member
My 3 kids ages 5, 6 and 8 love their accounts. I have 2 girls and a boy. So we have experienced both cleaver dragon and always ice cream. My kids can't wait to get their turn to play their games to earn their gold so they can take care of their pets. Not only are they learning from the games, but they are learning responsibility by taking care of their pets. We also give gold coins, for chores done and if they do something extra nice they are rewarded by coins. We love Always-Ice cream, it's well worth the money.”
Shonda Peterson, Co-op Member
I've been very pleased with Always Ice Cream. I bought it about a year ago for my 10yo daughter. She loves earning her scoops!, and is learning to type with one of the games. She will often find a fun activity that correlates to a topic we're studying and it really helps to reinforce/supplement the material. The lifetime membership was well worth it and I'll probably get the Clever Dragons for my son later this year.”
Caroline S, Co-op Member
My 7 year old daughter LOVES Always Ice Cream! She begs to be able to go on and work on skills, talk to other girls, take care of pets, and decorate her house. She's learning math, languages, science, the bible, and even typing! And it's all so much fun and rewarding that she can't help but succeed. With all the levels it looks like she'll be using it for years to come.”
Colleen M., Co-op Member
I bought a membership for my 8-year-old daughter. She needed reinforcement of her math skills. This was a perfect fit! She loves the games and has shown improvement from the extra practice. It is also very easy to prevent interaction with other members online if that is your preference. We have both been really happy with the website.”
Jenny L., Co-op Member
We bought always icecream for our daughter and clever dragons for our son. They love them and they actually learn from the games. We would highly recommend these to anyone.”
Mr. and Mrs. Lombari, Co-op Member
my daughter is 13yrs and is DX with Mild MR. She has been stuck at a 2nd/3rd grade level for quite some time - since starting with Always-Icecream she has moved up to 4th and 5th grade work! She loves moving from subject to subject and ASKS to do school -Thanks for a great product!!”
Susan, Co-op Member
My 7 year old son enjoys the Little Dragons membership. He has fun while learning and that makes me feel good about rewarding him with computer time. Thanks, Homeschool Buyers Co-op for the great lifetime membership pricing.”
Dawn M., Co-op Member
My girls have enjoyed playing and learning on Always Icecream. It's a safe site I can allow them to use without concern of content. I have recommended it to friends. It is a great value!”
Cynthia C, Co-op Member
We actually have both Always Ice Cream for our daughter and Clever Dragons for our son. Both offer a ton of educational games for our kids and they love playing them. They have learned their states, Spanish, geography of the world, math, spelling, etc. from these sites. They love getting to go play on the sites, and they like that they earn points that they can use to buy stuff for their personal pages. We have not used many of these sites, but I would have to say that this is one of the best out there. Not only that, but their customer service is impeccable. Any issues or concerns I have had were handled super fast and to my satisfaction. We have lifetime memberships to both and I think it was more than worth it!”
Joanne Ruscella, Co-op Member
We bought a family membership to Clever Dragons (the boys' site) through the Co-op and it could not have been nor continue to be a bigger hit. I wanted a safe place for my boys to learn some computer skills, practice other skills (like math facts), and have fun. They eagerly do the "games" as if they weren't educational at all and love spending the coins they have earned to decorate their castles and care for online pets. It is easier to navigate than other learning sites I've tried, and the parental updates on each son is great. I can even award bonus coins to them for doing what I want them to do (like playing the learn-to-type game or cleaning their room in real life)! I cannot say enough good about this site.”
B.C., Co-op Member
We purchased the lifetime membership to Clever Dragons for my 8 year old son 3 1/2 months ago. While his initial "every moment I'm awake" obsession of wanting to play the educational games has waned, it still is a favorite destination. The games are not flashy--mostly straightforward multiple choice, and have a lot of content, but still seems to be engaging. My son has learned to identify most of the states by shape and location, among other things, solely from this program. I like that I can ask him to play Clever Dragons when I'm busy with other duties and I know he's still learning. He likes the castle/dragon theme, and earning "gold" He also appreciates that most of the games are not timed, as that is something that is stressful to him in many computer games. They send out weekly summaries of what your son has played, how many levels they progressed, what "non-educational" game activities they did. We feel very satisfied with this purchase.”
Nancy S., Co-op Member
Always icecream has given my daughters an educational way to combine a "Facebook-like"experience with blogs,games,and innocent YouTube videos. I know that they are safe as long as they are logged in to always icecream. We all love it.”
Theresa R, Co-op Member
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