Saturday, October 27, 2012

Samson's Classroom Review


Samson's Classroom is an online program to help young students (K-5) become better readers by helping them with sight words, spelling and reading comprehension.

Bethany used this program occasionally, less than what I would have liked, but I hope to encourage her to use it more because I do believe she can benefit from it.

Once your child has completed some work and is logged in, they can go to My Page > My Scores to see where they need improvement or if they completed the task successfully.

Spelling with Samson: Spelling lists can created by the parent / teacher. The student has an option to choose spelling lists already included or ones you have created. The word list can be printed for studying. Other options to choose from include "Missing Letters" where Samson karate chops missing letters for each word list, "Spelling Scramble" where Samson has to run around and gather letters, and "Crunch Time" where Samson has to jump from one chunk of ice to another and stay dry as your student types the spelling words they hear.

Reading with Samson: You have four levels to choose from and you earn "Hammer Time swings" by mastering reading passages. After selecting the level you want to work on, you choose the passage to read. You will then begin reading the passage and the timer will start as well to show you how long it took for  you to complete the assignment. Perfect scores gets you several hammer swings and hammer swings get you points, which are great incentives for the kids.

Sight Word with Samson: You earn different colored karate belts by completing five challenges per list like spelling words that you hear and identifying words already spelled. The goal is to become a black belt.

Watch this demo to learn more.

For one user, the cost is $30 a year. For a family plan of 4 users, the cost is $50 a year. Other pricing options are available for classroom use.


Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received access to this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


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