On Monday I signed up my eight-year-old son Bruce for Ko’s Journey. We got a great deal through Homebuyer’s Coop that’s good until June 30th (link here that gets me points or something.)
Bruce has just finished Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions 4th grade, so I figured Ko’s Journey would be an appropriate level for him.
It turns out that it is and it isn’t. I’d say Ko’s Journey is falling into the easy range. I did have to stop and teach Bruce how to multiply extremely large numbers like 2,500 X 380. He also needed to review multiplying decimals, and figuring out percents. So that’s all been great.
But Ko’s Journey isn’t so challenging that I feel like Bruce is learning a ton. Take that opinion however you wish. That might be a good thing for a child who is math-phobic. Ko’s Journey isn’t so hard that it’s scary.
Bruce has probably played Ko’s journey about 4 and a half hours by now. (Yes, that’s a lot of screen time. No, I’m not evil.)
Today was the first day of summer vacation and he begged me to play. I figured, what the heck? It’s educational and it’s summer. Plus, that freed me up to read library books with my daughter.
The weird thing is that Bruce has already completed 75% of the online portion of the game. It’s supposedly a 15 hour program. But I guess the time allotment is different for every child.
There’re also some hands-on activities that come in the educator’s guide with Ko’s Journey, but we haven’t done those yet.
If you’re familiar with Dreambox, Ko’s Journey is really different. I don’t think this could be a stand alone program (although I don’t think Dreambox should fly solo either.) But I would say that Ko’s Journey is a great supplement.
Bruce is really enjoying Ko’s Journey a lot, but he’s almost done.
Is there anyone who could please tell me what Descartes’ Cove is like? 😉