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My 6-year old reluctant reader enjoys this program. I like that there are online workbook materials that we can print and use off-line too. The program took a long time to install, will not run on our 7-year old computer, and has very slow choppy graphics on our 1-year old computer. Probably a new high-end computer would work better. My daughter doesn't seem to mind the slow graphics though.
Laurie, Co-op Member
Fantastic reading program! My son actually asks to play OOKA Island. His reading skills are already improving from using this program. We started using the program at the end of September.
Shannon R., Co-op Member
We recently renewed our subscription to Ooka-Island, so this is the second year we've been using it. It has been very helpful for my 7 yo autistic granddaughter. Seeing her continue to progress & the joy she experiences is worth much more than the cost of the subscription. Thank you for giving her that!
Vicki K., Co-op Member
WE have loved this program. My 5 year old twins ask to play it all the time. It is probably the best program I have found for introducing so many different steps to learning to read. It covers letter sounds, letter identification, sight words, consonant blends and vowel blends, reading comprehension, and more. I was a little nervous about the price but it was well worth it and I would definitely do it again.
Christina, Co-op Member
We just LOVE Ooka Island! My daughter is a visual learner and learned all of her letters and sounds through watching Leap Frog Letter Factory, but was having a hard time with blending the sounds together. She is only just 4 so we are in no rush, but she has fun learning, so I wanted to keep it going somehow. I tried other things but everything just seemed boring to both of us.

But she just Loves Ooka Island. It rotates through games to keep from getting boring, but is progressively building bit by bit on skills. The games teach so much mo...(more)
Natalie Eastham, Co-op Member
I purchased Ooka Island for my 7 year old son who is not reading yet and really has little interest in the process for reading (he simply wants to be able to read). I have two older sons who are fluent readers and are active on the computer. After reviewing this program, I felt it would fill two things - one, my son could be on the computer without the need for someone to read for him so he would feel like he gets computer time too, and second it would take him through the process of learning to read with more fun that just looking at letters...(more)
Jan M., Co-op Member
My daughters have used Ooka Island for over a year now, and they both love it. The free play mode elicits a moment of excitement when earned, and they love the feedback that comes when they complete a new book. When they realized the subscription had expired, they dramatically lamented over the loss, so I promptly renewed!
S. Robinson, Co-op Member
This program has been PERFECT for my kindergarten daughter. She is learning but doesn't realize it. She LOVES playing Ooka-Island and goes over her minimum time limit everyday (part of her schooling is to spend 20 minutes per day on this program). My older daughter wishes she could play as well because "it is so much fun" she says. After searching through many options I know I made the right choice with this program. Thank you!
J. Chavez, Co-op Member
Our daughter's loved Ooka Island! It is fun, colorful and engaging. There is great diversity in the games which keeps it interesting for young learners. I highly recommend doing the trial offer first and seeing if it would be a good fit for your child's interest. Greatly appreciate that they offer a free trial....
ipage, Co-op Member
My son (4) enjoys Ooka Island very much and asks to play it every day. He loves to learn but he loves learning by himself. He does not like to be taught. But playing games and learning new things that way is right up his alley.

Here is what I as a parent like: there are no timed tests with clock ticking. Those are really bad for him as his confidence sinks and often he doesn't even want to try. I love the graphics and the voices are perfect. The songs are catchy but not too much. I also like that the praise is not over-done. Some online ga...(more)
Stefanie G., Co-op Member
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