Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ooka Island - TOS Review


A big Thank You to the TOS Crew and Ooka Island for giving us the opportunity to review one of the coolest kids online games ever!   Ooka Island is an early reading adventure for kids age Pre-K to Second Grade.   Ooka Island is a 3D, downloadable, adventure that sets your child on the path to reading.   Using the Ooka Method for early literacy, for homeschoolers, this serves as a full Language Arts curriculum...for parents this program is a fun and interactive way to boost Phonics and Reading skills while having fun playing computer games like the "big kids!"
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 I'm excited to share my thoughts about Ooka Island with you!
Start here by watching this short video!

Here is a view of Ooka Island.  You follow Auntie Kay and her pal Zobot in the blimp as you work your way around the island building on phonics skills!  During your adventure you become a hero as you rescue Ooka Elves from the Flying Pigs!  (Also known as "Fligs")

Logging in on Ooka Island is so easy!  The main login screen shows your avatar, and the login password is a picture recognition password.  Perfect for prereaders to be able to log into this program independently!

Next, Zobot tells you to click on his screen to go to your next adventure.

The Cave of Sounds...  You are riding through the mine car at the bottom of the cave of sounds...click when you hear the appropriate sound to move ahead!


Z-Doo JetSki...  Use the microphone to verbalize sounds to open the gate.  (If you don't have a microphone, no problem, just say the sound along with Zobot!)

Clumsy Wacky Moving Company...  The Clumsy Wacky Moving Company spilled the contents of their truck into the water!  Save the items by identifying the sound...before it all goes over the waterfall!


Submarine Listening...  Rescue the books from underwater to add them to the Popcorn Library!

Read the book together with Zobot...
 

Then answer questions based on the reading...



Then, play a game based on the reading!

Next, visit the Cake Factory to help the Ooka Elves decorate the cakes with the appropriate sounds...


Then, play at the Bubble Troubly fountain!  Retrieve sounds from the bubbly fountain and put them in Auntie Kays basket!


Practice the alphabet as you climb to the top of Alphabet Mountain.  Enjoy a fast moving skateboard ride, complete with tricks, all the way back down!


One of our favorite parts of Alphabet Mountain is the Ooka Island Alphabet Song!  Enjoy!


During your free play time Zobot will follow YOU around the island where you can choose your own adventure!  Visit the pencil playground and go down the slide!  Listen to the Ooka Juke Box and change your clothes and a whole lot more!
As you travel the island you were earning mist and  unlocking items that you could buy in the mist mart!


Kayley playing Ooka Island!

Ooka Island Adventure is really so much fun! 


What we liked about Ooka Island:  It was fun, interactive and just really, really cool!  It is the first computer game I have seen where it involves sound recognition in addition to other basic phonics skills.   The independent log-in for pre-readers is brilliant!   Graphics were awesome!  I mean, really, really, really awesome.

What we didn't like about Ooka Island:  It is a HUGE download which hasn't caused me any problems but has slogged down my computer once or twice when I have other things running in the background.  My daughter also got a little bored with the repeat games.  You go around to the same places on the island over and over again and she would groan a little when it came time to do one of the adventures that were not really her favorite.


Pricing:  One thing I really like about Ooka Island is it is affordable!  Check out the pricing info below!
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And if you sign up now, you can save 30%!  Use promo Code LAUNCHSPECIAL30!
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To learn more about Ooka Island click HERE.

To sign up and start your own Ooka Island Adventure, click HERE.

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To find out what my fellow crewmates thought of Ooka Island, click HERE.


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 Disclaimer: 
I received Ooka Island  free of charge in exchange for an honest review.   All the opinions expressed herein are my own.

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