Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oprhs of the Woodlands: The Treasure of Hightower

Nothing like an interactive reading book, "Orphs of the Woodlands: The Treasure of High Tower" from Star Toaster to review for the summer to keep out reading skills afloat! 


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I was suppose to review Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree  which is I pod compatible and my Ipod basically went funky (not the good kind of funky) on me and they were AWESOME about working with not only to try to figure out what was going on but also figure an alternative. I was really bummed because I was looking forward to it- but I was happy to learn that I could do an online one for my older son. 


So, this turns out to be perfect. My older son can do "Orphs of the Woodlands: The Treasure of High Tower" on his computer. It will be a great transition back into a start of a new school year for him. We like to read and do things over the summer but keep it more low key. Especially with all the scout camps they have. 


So, I went online, got the book and started using it right away. 


Pros:

+ LOVE that this is online and not down loadable. 
+ Some is auditory, some of it read by the student
+ Chapters so you can do it different days
+ Love the look of the book 
+ I love that when I go into parent view, I can see lesson objectives 
+ Math which has 67 lessons
+ Sciences which has 32 lessons
+ Language which has 29 lessons
+ Vocabulary which has 66 lessons 
+ Thinking skills which has 62 lessons
+ Character which has 19 lessons
+ Life skills which has 34 lessons 
+ And the Arts which has 6 lessons 
+ Lessons correlate with a specific part of the lesson
+ Professor Forp sounds better than the average computer monotone professor
+ My son couldn't wait to come tell him what he had learned
+ It starts out in a fun way with them getting a letter and applying to be a spy
+ Once my son started, he was at it for hours, not wanting to stop. He really got into it.

Cons:
- Had to have my son view in teacher format for a few chapters because I had a hard time creating a student account under mine so I had to improvise. Finally figured out how to do it without any 
- Had it glitch in the online version and it went back to the beginning-- happened more than once. Not sure if it was my computer or the actual application, but it was super easy to fix

Son's Review:
He typed this not me, although, a bit cranky to boot while writing it. Just a warning. LOL.

It's a fun program but it's glitched a few times. I love the stories but I think they should have more letters and I think they should have encrypted messages like the Cesar Cipher and cryptograms. They also should have a colored background. I think they should not have over 25 pages just for one chapter. I think they should add more choices to the application, for example, I think they should allow you choose an animal besides a Gray Squirrel. 

The story is trying to teach me things that I've already known since 3rd grade. The story doesn't have any illustrations, if they put pictures in the stories the stories might be a little more interesting. Also I think they have too much words, if they shortened it the stories would be less boring.

Overall, I give it 4 stars out of 5 stars. The main setback is that it's glitchy sometimes and doesn't have fun puzzles and codes. They give you recipes and letters and other things to figure out. I can't wait to read the rest so I can learn more. 

I personally am excited for him to get more into these kinds of stories and learn more online. It is the inevitable way books are going. I love having the physical part of the books in front of me instead of online and I think my kids grown that way too. That being said, if you are going to do an online book, you want it done well and this is done well, in my opinion. 

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