Monday, April 4, 2011

Kabongo Review


Kabongo is a new "online world of brain boosting games for reading". It is designed for 4 to 7 year olds to help them build the skills needed to learn to read.

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The games are created to work on the skills kids need to develop good reading skills. These skills include but are not limited to:

Attention and Focus
Working Memory
Successive Processing
Comprehension
Phonics
Spatial Awareness

There are three "habitats" that your child can play in, "Laughter Lake", "Twister Tops" and "Galaxy Gardens". Laughter Lake is free to learn and enjoy and each of the other habitats is only $4.95. In each habitat there are several games with different skill levels. Your child progresses through the skill levels at their own speed and in their own time. A break down of the skills acquired in each game is below:

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There are lots of fun characters that help the student along the way with their learning activities.

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My kids LOVED this program, they simply could not get enough, and I loved the fact that they were learning without realizing it. It was simple enough that they could do the games on their own, but challenging enough that they did not get bored. They are 3 and 5 and I would say they are the perfect ages for this product. They asked for this daily, sometimes multiple times/day. If I needed a reward for them to motivate them to get something else done Kabongo always did the trick! The game starts in the "treehouse" and then the kids can click on the map to move to the habitats with all the games.

Kabongo home

Kabongo map

One warning, my kids loved the comic book portion and they wanted to print their creations all the time. So, you may go through a good deal of ink if you allow them to print often. Mine were limited to only one page each per day. That kept them happy without using all our ink!

Each week parents are sent an email for their child and what games they have played that week as well as the skill level they are working on. Or, you can log on to the parent account at any time and view how your child is doing. The site also offers lots of great activity ideas as well as printables for the kids to color.

My two youngest helped me review this product and they could not get enough! They would like to say THANKS to Kabongo for creating an awesome, easy to use, computer game for their age group.
You can see what other crew members had to say about Kabongo here

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. There was no other compensation given for the review

2 comments:

Debra said...

I love when I have something I can use as a reward for getting other things done...

And I don't think my kids ever checked out the comic book creator. I don't think I'm going to tell them about it either...

ksudoc93 said...

Levi loved Kabongo too! I thought the characters were adorable.
Love the picture of your reviewers!! They are too cute.
:)
I've really enjoyed reading your reviews this year- really hope you applied to cruise again next year, absolutely love your blog :)
Chris