I was recently approached by IQsha.com to review their educational website for children. IQsha.com is an educational website for children and seeing as our YouTube channel and our website are both focused on children and toddler education…this was right up my alley and I jumped at the chance to do the review! FYI – I have free accounts to give away as part of a social media campaign we’re working on with IQsha.com. Read the bottom of the article for the details on that!
First and foremost, IQsha.com is a massive educational resource for children. The website contains four main sections: Training, Activities, Awards, Reports. The training and activities sections are immediately available to you when you arrive at the website. You require a free account (registration is extremely simple) to get awards and reports. What’s really great about all of this is that you can use almost the entire site for free. You only really require payment when your child wants to use the site a lot. Essentially, you only pay for the service when you use it a great deal and by then, I can safely say the fee is worth it.
The Training section is a guided daily test that works through all of the different topics on the site and is directed at the level of your child. There are a massive number of different training quests. What’s great about this section is it’s basically a test to tell you your child’s progress in the topics appropriate for their age. You can see their accuracy for each training session on a chart that gives you a pretty good idea if your child is learning. What’s more, is each training session is logged on your overall reports page so you can always review your child’s progress.
The Activities section is probably the largest section of the website. It would take me about 20 pages of writing to explain to you all of what is on this part of the website. Essentially, it contains activities for children from the young age of two all the way to 11 years old. Each age group’s activities can be categorized either by age, or by topic. Each obviously has its own benefits for the child and for the parent. Where I’ve found the age grouping most effective is when I want to leave my little guy on the computer for a few minutes to get something done. He can click through the activities and choose a couple before he finds himself needing my help. With the activities being grouped into age categories, some of the categories have an incredible amount of different activities. What’s crazy about that is that each separate activity has quite a bit of depth to it too, and your child can do each activity for quite a while before switching to something else.
When you arrange the activities by topic, you can really focus on a specific topic your child is struggling with. You can also focus on a specific topic that you know is a gateway to other topics. For example, counting to 3 is a gateway topic to count to 5. In turn, counting to 5 is a gateway topic to count to 10. Counting to 10 is obviously a gateway to the mathematics topic.
Some other examples of topics include: spatial recognition, puzzles, clocks, reading, colors, coloring, memory, and animals. There are many other topics on the site, but I think you get the idea. You can literally try them all on your little one. When I did that, what I found was my child liked some topics and he didn’t like some of the other topics. He spent his time on certain topics and certain activities that he wanted to learn about. What was interesting about that was I found his time was more effective learning something he wanted to learn about.
Just FYI – The later aged categories have less overall activities, but this site is growing constantly. I have personally witnessed growth in the activities section as I’ve been using the site.
The awards and reports sections are really what make this a long term educational tool for you and your child. See, the reports section allows you to track progress and even look at some graphs that visually show you how your child is doing (and was doing previously). The awards section includes all of the awards your child earns as he or she works through the training and activities sections of the site. Now, we all know that awards given at different intervals help to keep people engaged in what they’re doing. I found my child especially engaged in the awards he was being given in the training section, as IQsha kept adding items to a house that was “his”.
What’s even better about the site is the multitude of award types your child will earn. Medals are the easiest to earn, but everything after that becomes a little more difficult and more related to specific accomplishments. For example, when your child completes a topic entirely, they’re given a diploma.
In terms of pricing, I find the site pretty inexpensive when you consider all of the use you’re going to get out of it. What I’m also finding is that my child doesn’t have this style of activity anywhere else in his life, so this is a bit of a treat for him. It seems to be well worth the relatively low cost for the amount of entertainment and education we’re going to get from it.
If you want unlimited use from the site for 6 months, the cost is $49.99 USD. Remember, you can keep using the site for free in limited sessions each day! What’s also great is that IQsha.com offers a bit of a discount each time you go higher in term (1 year is $79.99 and 2 years is $119.99). Again, I feel like this kind of a cost is more than reasonable. Having said that, you should head over to IQsha.com and try out the site with your child! You can also enter our giveaway for one of our 3 free accounts with unlimited use for 6 months just by doing the following:
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Now, in case you haven’t already done so, head on over to IQsha.com and get your child learning!
Until next time…Smash, Crash, and Learn!