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This program has really helped my 4 year old daughter out! We were having a hard time with sounding words out, but she has progressed fast after just a week of playing, maybe an hour a day! She finds it enjoyable enough that i usually have to convince her it is time to do something else. We tried a free trial from a very well known reading program, she liked it as well but it offered endless "free time" in their playroom, where as ooka island has "free play" but it is timed and then back to learning games! In all we both enjoy it, and i recomm...(more)
R. Tobiassen, Co-op Member
My son enjoys playing Ooka Island. Some activities he likes more than others (of course). My favorite for him is the cave of sounds. He seems to really pick up the various sounds there. Wouldn't you know this is his least favorite activity though. We did free trials on both Reading Eggs and Ooka Island simultaneously. I let my son choose which one he wanted to go on with and he chose Ooka Island. I would for sure tell others about it. This is a great learning tool!
Robyn, Co-op Member
My son loves this and after a month he's already reading simple sentences. He started out only wanting to do free play but now he gets excited to start new books.
Mallory C., Co-op Member
My little one loves Ooka-Island! We have been struggling with her being able to concentrate long enough for a 10 minute lesson, so we wanted to try a new approach. She LOVES it. Asks to play her game daily, and enjoys every minute of it. Not only has her concentration improved, but her speech! Her verbal skills have improved ten fold since starting playing the game. I have also seen an improvement in her reading skills, she has learned all the letters and most of their spounds. I love that we have found a program that has given her a love for l...(more)
Caitie B., Co-op Member
My daughter has really enjoyed the Ooka Island program. She started with very little knowledge of letter sounds and now, a few weeks later, knows many sounds and is almost ready to start reading. One of my favorite components of the Ooka Island program is a game (Cave of Sounds) that encourages the chlidren to listen for a particular phonetic sound. I believe that this was the key for her. Ooka Island has many activities to keep a young child engaged in learning and, after completing a certain amount of "guided" play, children are given their c...(more)
Danielle B., Co-op Member
My daughter is five, and while she showed an interest in reading, she just seemed to have trouble "getting it". We discovered she is very right brained and learns best with games and pictures (a visual/kinesthetic learner). Enter Ooka Island Adventure, my daughter loves it! She asks to play it every day and plays it for 30-60 minutes at a time. I see an improvement in her reading ability and her recognition of whole words. I like the Ooka Island Lighthouse, made especially for mom and dad. This tool is used to check how much or how little prog...(more)
Danielle S, Co-op Member
We are using Ookaisland Island for kids ranging in age from 5-7. For the most part, the kids enjoy it, although they do find certain modules less interesting. All of the kids go through the same program, regardless of their current level of literacy. More confident readers can take a quiz and possibly advance to higher level books, although they do not skip ahead in the learning modules. My younger kid is just learning letters / sounds, and this program is very helpful. My older daughter reads with effort and this program helps build her conf...(more)
Cathy P., Co-op Member
We have really enjoyed this product. We've had a couple glitches, but the Customer Service took care of them right away. Even over Easter Weekend! So I was impressed. My daughter really loves using this program, and I'm so glad we got it. I only ordered the "free trial" for my son, since I knew it would be too easy for him. And he still enjoyed playing it for a week or so! My daughter (8, dyslexic) uses it almost daily.
B. Stokes, 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
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
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