My children really enjoyed using Math Shed and Spelling Shed that we got the opportunity to review by EdShed. This is a great program to review the things that they have already learning for spelling and math. It allows them to practice their skills in a fun way. They really try to set it up like a game. The students race against the clock to get the correct answer and earn points if they do.
A little about spelling shed
Spelling Shed has different levels of difficulty depending on your child’s level. The lowest level is where my daughter in grade one sits level wise. It shows her a word that she will be spelling. It then goes to a screen where she has to type the word. The program also says the word for her. This has been helping her practice spelling the words that she has been learning while she has been learning how to read. Spelling Shed is divided into stages and then each stage is broken up into levels; easy, medium, hard, and extreme.
A Little about math shed
Similar to Spelling Shed, the Math Shed program is set up like a game. The children are able to answer questions to earn points. Both my daughter who is in grade one and my son who is in grade four enjoyed playing this. My son was obviously able to use the harder levels. Math Shed is divided into several different math topics; number bonds, times tables, powers of ten, add & subtract, and more.
Who Do I Think Would Like This
I think that anyone who is looking for a fun way to review spelling or math would enjoy this. I think that the game aspect makes is a fun option for the kids. I truly believe that when you make learning fun kids are more prone to actually put time and effort into learning. These programs would be good for elementary-aged children who either can read or are learning to read.
What do my children have to say?
Emily (Age 6): “I like the math the best. I don’t really know how to spell so this is hard. I like to add and subtract. It’s fun.”
Kayden (Age 9): “The math one is very fun. I like that I can do lots of questions to get lots of points. The spelling is okay, I don’t like spelling though.”
But what about the stats and such?
In the parent section, there are parts where you can see how much time you child spends practicing each day. There’s also a part after the math problems where you can see all of the questions that were answered and which ones the student got correct. This can be helpful when you are trying to test your children’s abilities to see where they are at.