It seems like my little Mr. B has been getting to help me review lots of great new products lately that are just perfect for him. Samson's Classroom is another one of those products. Geared toward grades K-5, Samson's Classroom is an online program that helps kids become better readers. This site focuses on 3 main areas: Sight Words, Spelling, and Reading.
Sight Words with Samson gives a young reader a great foundation. This part of the program teaches the 224 most commonly used words in the English language. There are multiple ways that the words are taught, each one building on the other and mixing in fun, interactive activities. The words are spoken and spelled aloud to the student in several settings as the student learns to read and spell them.
Spelling with Samson has over 5,000 (and counting!) words, making it the most comprehensive spelling product on the market. There are many interactive, timed, and fun games to help encourage your young speller as they learn to master more and more words.
Reading with Samson helps to teach comprehension with short stories and follow-up questions to see if the student understood what they just read. It encourages them to analyze the content of the story and draw conclusions based on it.
I have been very pleased with my son's (age 7, grade 2) response to this program. We use it on a near-daily basis and he is doing so well with it. He loves mastering a level of learning and earning a new "karate belt". He does NOT enjoy spelling, but this program has increased his confidence and I can see improvement every day in that area. He tells me that the 'treasure hunt challenge' in the Sight Words and the stories in the Reading are his favorites:) I am thrilled at how he is enjoying this program, because it really is benefiting him in his language arts in so many ways. He is definitely a visual learner and although I don't want him spending too much time on the computer, Samson's Classroom is definitely time well-spent for him.
I would definitely recommend checking this program out if you are looking for a way to help your young reader improve and grow in these particular areas. Begin by watching this demo video to see how the site works. Next, try out the site for free~you don't even have to create an account to try it!
Samson's Classroom is available for your home with one user for $30 per year, or $50 per year for a family account (up to 4 users).
You can read how other homeschool families are using this product over at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.