If there is one skill that I worried about teaching my younger boys, it is the ability to read. For me, learning to read had been easy and something I tackled on my own before even entering school. However, I knew that each of my boys was unique and might not have inherited the same ability to see the patterns and have things click easily.
While the boys are reading now, I sometimes wish there had been some activities beyond my reading to them that could have prepared them for reading. And, those activities would ideally be engaging and create an environment where they want to learn.
This online game has several different habitats for the kids to explore. As D was the primary reviewer and already reading above grade level, he did not spend much time in each of the habitats.
The above activities are where D spent the most time. They are all within the habitat known as Galaxy Gardens. Photo Safari had him participating in a scavenger hunt where he snapped a picture of the item he was to find. Rocket Racer had him collecting letters in the correct order while flying around. Robo Bobo, his favorite, appealed to his puzzle loving nature as the child has to help build a robot with pieces placed according to shape and size.
Below is a chart showing what specific skills are the focus of each activity.
Go Go Kabongo is primarily focused upon preschool through early elementary as the skills are for pre-reading ability rather than actual reading. However, even a slightly older child who is struggling with learning to read may benefit from reinforcing these crucial skills.
The parent can see how their child is progressing through a progress report that breaks down each activity area by habitat with a scale of 1 to 6 indicating what they’ve finished. (That’s how I know where D spent his time as some of the areas appealing to preschoolers were skipped by him and show a 1.) That area also shows any rewards the child has earned. Those rewards are used to create a comic book or custom skate park.
Beyond the reporting feature, the parent area highlights articles of interest, suggested activities, and links to the Kabongo blog.
I can say that this is a product we may be visiting with J when he’s a little older. As the target audience is 4 to 7-year-olds, he has a little way to go. For now, though, he can continue to watch over D’s shoulder.
While D had a subscription that unlocked all the habitats for him, anyone can go and try out two of the habitats at Go Go Kabongo for free right now. Twister Top is the one habitat requiring a fee ($4.95) at the moment. So, if you have a child in the suggested age range, head on over and check them out.
Disclaimer ~ Our family received a subscription for one child to Go Go Kabongo at no charge for the purpose of completing this review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed here are our own. You can see what other TOS Crewmates had to say about their experience with this product by visiting the TOS Crew blog.