I must say that I am blessed with kids who love to read. When I learned that I would be reviewing Star Toaster: Orphs of the Woodlands , I just knew that it would be a hit! My kids love reading and they love games. Combine Orphs of the Woodlands together and you have a recipe for success!
Do you have a child that doesn’t necessarily enjoy reading during their spare time? No problem! I believe this program would be a HUGE hit for them, too. It is an interactive program that allows your child to “apply” for an unknown job as they are reading along. It is very exciting and sure to lead your kids on an adventure! There is an application where your kids can create their own name for the character, which then becomes part of the rest of the story!!!! I sat reading over my middle son’s shoulder and honestly got sucked right into it as well! LOL! Is there a parent version of this program? 🙂
My middle son, who I refer to here as TurtleBoy, named his squirrel (drum roll please) TurtleBoy. Go figure, right? The boy LOVES turtles! It was so cute seeing him name his squirrel and also seeing his eyes light up as it became part of the story! How exciting is that?
Some of the things that I enjoyed about this program are:
- It is educational. It has many different subjects that are covered from math to science to history and many more.
- It builds character development. It teaches your kids about good guys vs bad and character development. That is something that is honestly VERY rare nowadays in an online game.
The writing style of Star Toaster: Orphs of the Woodlands is medieval fiction. So if you have been covering that time period or if you have a child who would enjoy it, check this out! Since I have boys, they are always wanting a new adventure! However, one of the downfalls with that time period is the vocabulary. Let’s face it, sometimes it is difficult to understand unless it is broken down.
Are you afraid that the vocabulary will skip over your child’s head? No problem! Another feature found in Star Toaster: Orphs of the Woodlands are hyperlinked words in red with hidden definitions. For example, my 8-year-old wasn’t sure what the word acquainted meant. The word acquainted written in red text. When he hovered his mouse over acquainted, the definition of the word showed up on the screen! Is that not fantastic? It takes reading to another level! I didn’t have to worry about my boys getting frustrated or lost in the story because of vocabulary words they didn’t understand. So kids are also learning vocabulary right along with reading. Double win! LOL!
Because I am a mean homeschool momma (according to my 11-year-old), I also included many of these red-letter words during handwriting. I figured if it was going to be in the text and they were learning the definition, they also should learn to write it. This part I personally included into my curriculum. I try to find ways to tie in other subjects.
As TurtleBoy came to the end of each chapter, he had the opportunity to choose a job to get paid. For this particular chapter I am going to show, TurtleBoy chose vocabulary. He could have chosen other jobs from math, grammar, thinking skills, memory skills, communication, art and science. At the end of the lesson, he gets “paid” and receives stars. It is so cool! The coins are motivating and the kids want MORE! 🙂 The stars also help them advance in the game because it gives them more access to medical aid, land, crops and food. They are then able to use those supplies for their Orphans! This programs also teaches kids to give back and serve!!!
There is a ton (figuratively speaking) of curriculum that is covered in the lessons. Enough that it actually satisfied me while also giving them a “game” to play. However, if you have a wiggly kid with a short attention span, do not fret because the lessons are not long either. They just cover a great amount of material in those short lessons.
For the parents, there is a section that allows you to review the progress that your child has made (unless you get sucked into the story like I did. HA!). I encourage all to check out this fantastic online curriculum!
Here is a video that tells more about Star Toaster: Orphs of the Woodlands:
The recommended age for Star Toaster: Orphs of the Woodlands is from ages 4th grade to 7th. However, I used it the most with my middle son who is 2nd grade and 8 years old. My oldest is 11 and also loved it. Right now there is a special offer too!
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