Orphs of the Woodlands is available as a 60 day subscription for up to 3 children for a regular price of $19.99, and $6.99 for 30 day extensions. There is a free trial you can give it a whirl!. Geared for students in 4th-7th grade.
Orphs of the Woodlands is an adventure with a three fold purpose. Firstly the reader gains experience reading and learning new vocabulary. Each unit is quite long and may be a little bogging down for your reluctant reader. I had to take turns reading with my 13 year old as he quickly was asking.."how long is this chapter?"
Second there are other subjects and lessons incorporated into the story for learning. Not only are they reading, they are learning math, science, thinking skills and more with the emphasis on language arts.
Thirdly the student gets rewarded with playing a game. They are to rescue and care for the orphs, and depending on their work, they are better suited to do that.
The main character is Squirrel Canyon.. my son is Canyon. Great fit. I loved how the squirrel was an orph.. orphan and wanted to care for other orphs. The story line was great and I really enjoyed reading it. It was interactive in if we didn't know a word you could hover over the highlighted ones and it would give you the definition.
The jobs we did to earn coins were enjoyable. I really liked how there were videos to help you learn about certain things like place value. The video would remind the child how to do the problems, then they would do just a couple to complete a 'job' and get coins. The video helped with things that some students may not have learned yet.
This didn't work with my particular child, but I have already considered trying it with my 10 year old daughter who really enjoys reading. We weren't able to get to the end and I want to find out what happens!!
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