Looking for a way to make learning to read more interesting and interactive? Now you can with the help of Study Dog.
Aimed at Pre-K to Grade 2 children, this website provides a structured and scaffolded approach to the five areas of reading- Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.
I tried out this website with my 6yr old who is currently in Primary 1 (Grade 1)
Doggie boy has been working through the different lessons and scenarios since a month back. He has made steady progress and has earned quite a bit of gold from completing the various lessons. He enjoys helping StudyDog as he goes through the different tasks given. Everyday when Doggie boy returns from school he would request to go on the PC to do the next lesson of StudyDog.
Each lesson starts with a short clip introducing the scenario before the series of activities start.
In this particular lesson Doggie boy had to look out for the word always and suck up the mouse which was carrying the card that says “always” pressing the button on the tube in the center of the screen. After the mice is suck through the tube the card that it was carrying would be deposited into the basket if it was the correct card.
As you can see from the screenshot above of a previous lesson, each lesson that has been completed successfully would see a medal appear in the bar below. There is about 15 exercises in each lesson which Doggie boy has to go through to complete the whole lesson.
Over at the Parents Center I can monitor Doggie boy’s progress by looking at the different reports that are generated every lesson which Doggie boy completes. The report also tells me his level of proficiency for each level.
There is also a skill chart shown which allows me to know which are his weak areas and were to give him extra practice. As you can see from the chart above Doggie boy needs help in improving his oral comprehension.
I found this a really cool website to help strengthen Doggie boy’s reading ability. He is able to navigate this website by himself without much difficulty and really enjoys going through the different lessons.
Do consider getting a subscription for your child as it is less then $72/yr when paid in full. There are also month by month subscription options making it affordable for most. A subscription would certainly make a great Christmas gift this year.
Disclaimer: I received a free one year account of StudyDog for review purposes. Opinions are 100% my own.