Monday, October 29, 2012

Samson's Classroom Review


Samson's Classroom is software for young readers.  Perfect for grades K-5, Samson's Classroom is an online series that helps students become better readers. Students can play engaging games that focus on 3 core building blocks; sight words, spelling, and reading comprehension. 


Sight Words with Samson

Sight Words with Samson is great for beginning readers and will help them master the 224 most commonly used words.  For each word list, there are 5 steps to complete:

1. Study
2. Missing Letters
3. Letter Scramble
4. Spell Words
5. Missing Words


Spelling with Samson

Spelling with Samson contains over 5,000 words you can choose in preset word lists or you can create your own.  Word lists can be selected by grade, topic, word family, or by sight words.  Once a list is selected, the child will then complete 4 steps:

1. Study Zone
2. Missing Letters Karate Chop Game
3. Spelling Scramble with Terrence the Tarantula
4. Crunch Time with Wally the Walrus


Reading with Samson

Reading with Samson focuses on comprehension and includes 4 levels.  Once they read the passages, {and they must read them, there is no audio}, they have several questions to answer.  When the questions are answered, they get to help Samson swing the hammer at the carnival to earn points. 



My Thoughts:  Funny Bunny is 9 years old so she mainly focused on Spelling with Samson and Reading with Samson.

In Spelling with Samson, she really like the Missing Letters Karate Chop Game and Crunch Time with Wally the Walrus.  Spelling Scramble with Terrence the Tarantula has never worked right for us so she was not able to play it.  Funny Bunny's only complaint with Spelling with Samson was that there were only a couple games to play.  Even though she liked the two she played, she got a little bored after a while because she wanted more of a variety.

I had one problem with it when I created my own word list.  I made a list of 25 words from a pretty popular spelling curriculum.  Of the 25 I entered, only 17 were in their database and I was not able to use the other 8 {which I think were pretty basic words} until my request to have them added was approved.  It is my understanding from the vendor that it could take up to 6 weeks for them to add requested words to the system because of the process they have to go through.  I prefer making my own list, so that time frame just won't work for us.  For those who like the preset lists though, this is a great program!

We both really liked Reading with Samson and I thought the focus on comprehension was excellent!  If you miss a question, the paragraph where the answer is located is highlighted, so you can try to answer again.  I thought the progression of difficulty within the levels was good.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Samson's Classroom.  It is just $30 per year for one user and $50 per year for a family.  There are also prices for a classroom, grade level, and entire school, which you can read more about on their pricing page.  If you would like to try it our before purchasing, you can play free demo versions of the games without setting up an account.

My Crewmates are also talking about Samson's Classroom, so you can check out what they think about it HERE.


Disclaimer:  This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor.  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.


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