The program starts out with your student naming a squirrel who will go on to fight the Night Creatures who are terrorizing the Woodlands. During the course of the story the squirrel becomes responsible for the Orphs and learns to love them. Through the course of the story there are different learning opportunities and games to play. There is math, science, life skills and more that are incorporated into 66 math jobs, 66 vocabulary jobs, 62 thinking skill jobs, 32 science jobs, 29 language jobs, 19 character jobs, and 6 art jobs.
Things did not start off well with Jahnna and this program. For some reason she was really miffed that there was only a boy squirrel for a character. She tends to hold onto her grudges for a long time and I really think that small detail influenced her from the beginning. Jahnna reads incredibly fast which can be a great thing most days. The first day Jahnna started the program she sped through it at her regular speed and when I got her first progress report I noticed she has rushed her way through things. I was not happy with her over that. Once I had her slow down and really get into it she enjoyed it a lot more. Her favorite parts were the recipes because she loves to cook. I had her copy the recipes by hand in her own cookbook to improve her handwriting. She liked that even though she is usually a fan of writing things down.
Jahnna finished the program so quickly I decided to see if Riley wanted to give it a try. Riley is in second grade but reads at an advanced level. She didn’t care that the squirrel was a boy and loved the story. So far she has finished two chapters and is quite proud of some of the new words she has learned. Riley loves the math videos which I thought was kind of funny to be a favorite part. She insists that she likes them though.
My overall impression of Orphs of the Woodlands is very good. I love the detail and thought that went into the story line. The illustrations are beautiful and there is plenty to learn. This should be considered as a supplement to your home or public schooling. This is a fantastic program for boys who is was designed for but also for girls as long as they don’t hold a grudge over the squirrel being a boy! If I could make a recommendation to the developers at Star Toaster it would be to include that as an option in the future. The grade recommendations are fairly appropriate but I would not hesitate to recommend it for an advanced second or third grader. If you think it might benefit your child but aren’t quite sure definitely sign up for the free trial.
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