We had the opportunity to review GoGo Kabongo which is an online “learning to read” set of games geared toward children ages 4 – 7. [They do have a “sister site” www.skatekids.com geared toward kids ages 7 – 10 but that site is not covered in this review.]
First, here is a chart showing what GoGo Kabongo plans to work with your child on:
When you first start the game, you are taken to “The Tree”. Here you can build your avatar (your player), go to the skate park (this is where you use “prizes” won during game play, “The Map” which is the main area or build a comic strip which is another area you can use “stickers” won throughout play.
Here are the other main characters throughout the program:
This is the first screen when you click “The Map”. Choices are “Twister Top”, “Laughter Lake” and “Galaxy Gardens”.
Below is a picture of “Laughter Lake” where you can go to three different areas: Suba Dude, Critter Sizer or Going Buggy.
Suba Dude teaches letter recognition by the children using a submarine and “collecting” the proper letters in the order presented. My ds3 LOVED this one!
Critter Sizer has the children choose if particular animals are “Large” or “Small”. This was a bit challenging for ds3.
Going Buggy was an area where they listen to a story then put the proper things (bugs, musical instruments, food, etc.) in the proper place in the picture. DS3 had a hard time with this one as well, although he enjoying playing around with it.
Here is a sample picture of “Suba Dude“. The student / child is in the little suba machine.
Below is “Galaxy Gardens” where kids go to Robo Bobo, Rocket Race or Photo Safari. Photo Safari was another one of ds3 favorites. It asked the child to take a picture of the hiding animals. Then the animals ask the child to find them an item – like ice cream cone, glasses, etc. Each correct picture taken and item found got the child another picture to take. Robo Bobo is where the kids are asked to match shapes from the bottom of the screen to shapes within a picture. Rocket Racer is very similar to Suba Dude but they are skateboarding down a “path”.
Below is a screen shot from photo safari.
This is “Twister Top” where kids can:
Desert Dash was another one ds3 enjoyed although it was a bit harder for him. This one is similar to Suba Dude except the kids are on a motor bike and are told to find letters by their sound.
Crazy Maze is where they use the computer mouse to get the beginning letter of a word from one side of the screen to the other (going around and over different objects of a desert). Once they get to the end it shows a picture of the word they spelled. This was very difficult for ds3. But I enjoyed it. 🙂
Then there is Design-A-Door which is a super neat concept, I thought. They are shown a door with different colored shapes. The shapes are then taken away and they are supposed to put the appropriate ones back on the door in the proper places.
Here is a picture of “Crazy Maze”.
One thing I didn’t like is you have to listen to the instructions for each area EVERY time.
There are three different areas, each with three different places to go. Each one has six levels – you get a weekly report emailed to you letting you know what level your student / child is at. SUPER COOL!!! Here is a sample of what it looks like:
The price …you can get Laughter Lake for *FREE* and for a limited time, you can get Galaxy Gardens *FREE* as well. Then pay just $4.95 for Twister Top! WOW! Worth it, YES!
As a side note: This is all still in the “beta testing” stage which means there are still a few glitches. We personally didn’t experience too many, but I know other crew members had a tougher time than we did.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
This product was reviewed as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew…I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Everything stated here is my own opinion. You can see the direct posting with the TOS Homeschool Crew and what my fellow crewmates thought by clicking HERE.