In the parent account you can easily set up your student with their own sign-in. Once your child has signed in and begun to work through the story you can easily check their progress. You can also go in and view the book or lessons. NOTE: Any lessons or skills completed through the parent log-in will not be recorded as progress for you student.
From the parent page you can also view the skills and see what has been attempted and what has been completed successfully. In addition to being able to log-in to see your child’s progress Star Toaster sends out emails periodically to update your child.
Each section starts with a chapter of the story. The story can be read either on the computer or you can use a tablet with an internet browser if you find it easier to read in this manner. My daughter read the story on the computer. At the bottom of each page the program lets you know how many more pages need to be completed before you get to the Skills section. While reading the chapter there are interactive elements. These might include vocabulary words, special sounds, recipes, and other lessons.
When the child finishes the chapter they will go to the Skills section. Here they can review lessons that were found in the interactive buttons during the story and then complete questions to show they have learned the skill. After completing a certain number of sections the student can then engage in projects that help them get further in the game. As they complete the skill areas they are earning more Goldstars so they have a reason to pay attention to the lessons and to do their best.
As a working parent I really appreciated how my daughter could log-in and complete her work without supervision. It was easy to check on her progress. While Hannah has adequate reading skills it isn’t her favorite activity but this program was a great motivation to read. I also appreciate that you have a couple of months to complete the story so your child can work at their own pace. If necessary you can also purchase additional time. Also, while reading the story you can click on the timeline and see your overall progress and how much more of the story you have left to read.
Hannah said, “It is good. It is cool because there is stuff that you can do within it. Where you can do projects so you can save on GoldStars. You are given jobs to earn more Goldstars to help you take care of the Orphs. It is a good story. You will earn Orphs to care of. The Goldstars you earn helps pay their expenses. Something I thought it was funny had to be a grey squirrel but you get to pick but you secret undercover name too.”
Star Toaster’s Orphs of the Woodlands is available for a 60-day subscription that can be used for up to three students for only $19.99. 30-day extensions can be purchased for $6.99 if more time is needed. While it is decided for students in grades 4 – 7. Younger readers can use it with some parental assistance and even older learning might still enjoy the story.
Currently you can take advantage of a Free Trial Offer that allows you to try out the first 100 pages for free.
Well that’s how things worked out in our house. Click on the graphic above to see how other Review Crew Families made use of Orphs of the Woodlands.