I'm a big fan of early learning and literacy skills as long as it is fun. I sit on the side of the fence of letting kids learn to read when they are ready, not at an age when someone says they should be reading. My oldest started reading at age 7 and now my 10 year old is reading Treasure Island because he wants to and the 8 year old is writing up a storm.
I was thrilled to find out that I would have the opportunity to review Ooka Island with my four year old daughter who is always asking to do "school" like her siblings.
What is Ooka Island?
It is an reading program for children ages 3 to 7 that takes them on an adventure through Ooka Island with Zobot as their guide. Children spend time with guided learning activities (sshhh...don't tell them it isn't really a game) such as the cave of sounds, then they read an ebook and finally it is on to some free play.
Pricing & Helpful Information
Pricing is the same for families and homeschools as follows
$19.95 a month or $149.95 a year for up to 4 children
$12.95 a month or $124.95 a year for 1 child
- You must have an internet connection to play Ooka Island but the program is placed on your computer via download or a USB drive for PC or MAC
- There are FREE workbooks available to accompany the program.
- You can purchase books, guides and games to go along with the program from the Ooka Island book store.
- You can download the song lyrics for the Ooka Island songs so that you can sing along with your child.
- You can track your child's progress by signing into the lighthouse at Ookaisland.com
Our Experience with Ooka Island
My little Ali isn't ready to read yet, but she loves Ooka Island just the same. Since she began using it I have noticed here writing out more letters, pronouncing words better and trying her best to figure out what we are saying when we spell out words.
My older too wish they could still play Ooka Island because they say it so fun, but me old mom won't let them steal their baby sisters thunder of having her own "school" since they have already mastered everything the program has to offer.
I will keep letting my four year old "play" on Ooka for now and when I think she is ready I will be adding in the workbooks and purchasing the books to go along with it.
Images in this post belong to ookaisland.com.