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Ko's Journey - an online story with math activities

Grades: 5-8      Ko's Journey

Ko's Journey is an online math program where students need to do math problems in a context of a story. The story is done with 3D animations and is completely online. The math activities and problems cover the most important middle school concepts. It is like an interactive workbook with animated problem sets. It is not a game a such.

Ko's Journey can be used as the primary curriculum for a concentrated period (usually taking a couple of weeks) or as a supplemental program used intermittently (once or twice a week) over a couple of months.

Classroom, school, and homeschool licenses available. The administrative page gives you instant access to student pre-test and post-test scores and current progress. Individual licenses: $12 per student, $20 per teacher . See other pricing on the website.

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Reviews of Ko's Journey

Time: 5 months

Your situation: Ko's Journey has been a great supplemental tool for my 5th grader. Although she says she doesn't like math, I have seen a change in her attitude over the past few months towards the subject.

Why you liked/didn't like the curriculum: The storyline engages her, and relates math to the real world in ways that other games have not. The math is integrated into the story so she almost doesn't realize she has learned a new concept, until we apply it to her regular homework. The Educators Guide that accompanies the game has also assisted me in engaging my daughter further. The activities help her learn in a way that she doesn't seem to resist as much (she almost seems like she's having fun!).

Any other helpful hints: This game is a wonderful alternate way to teach students math. Its design is different from any math game I have ever come across.

Kim Martin
Review left November 21, 2012
Time: 2 months

Your situation: I purchased Ko's Journey for my daughter who has begun to show a strong dislike for math. I was concerned that this would grow worse especially as we are getting more into abstract math. I needed something to create interest for her and this game was absolutely perfect!

Why you liked/didn't like the curriculum: Story is so powerful and as an avid reader my daughter was quickly drawn in and then the math came naturally in the storyline. I really liked the guide that comes with it that provides ideas of other activities to do along with the game. It made the "journey" more than the game and created an experience that my daughter will remember and draw upon.

Any other helpful hints: I found a simple lesson plan (of sorts) that I used to create home discussions at night. I found that my other children were drawn into the conversation at dinner. It was fascinating to all of us how easily food is available to us now and how our ancestors daily lives were centered around finding and preparing food.

http://www.eduplace.com/parents/socsci/ca/books/bkf3/reviews/pdfs/LS_6_02_01.pdf Jamie C.
Review left October 12, 2012
Time: a few days

Your situation: Used it with my 4th graders last year and it was too hard. Using it for my rising 5th graders now 2nd try after Key To Fractions 1-4 and Decimals 1-2. Hopefully they will understand it more.

Why you liked/didn't like the book: I believe this started as a board game and personally I would have liked seeing this as a board game instead mainly I need it to be slowed down for my kids to comprehend what they are saying.

Update after second try...it is still too hard for my 5th graders and they really don't like it. I am not sure what to do.

Review left July 28, 2012
Time: 1 month
As a homeschooling mom of six, my goal is to inspire my children to love learning without having to resort to drastic measures to help them learn "the hard stuff". Imagine my delight when my 8th grade son, a self-proclaimed math-hater, begged to start using Ko's Journey... and then begged every day for more time with the program! With such a captivating story and interesting applications for math, even our five-year-old is hooked on Ko's Journey and cheering his siblings on. They are all loving every minute of it!

Why you liked/didn't like the book:
The value is wonderful for homeschooling families as well. To be able to have three children using it at one time for less than a full math curriculum, it is a great deal even if just used as a "side" practice or a method for boosting interest and comprehension in math! Thank you for putting together such a program. I hope you will branch out into other grades and subjects... that would be a great benefit to us all!

Alisa Morford
Review left September 23, 2010
Time: two weeks

I came across this new online curriculum and decided to purchase it for my children, whom I homeschool. Math has always been the one subject I can't get them to engage in, but I'm finding that this product is changing that.

Hyped as a video game, I've found that it's MUCH more. The story is beautiful, the math is challenging and most importantly, my kids are slowing down to actually LEARN. My 6th and 8th grade children have worked through about 8 hours of the game so far and we're all anxious to see what comes next.

Any other helpful hints:
The website is great. There is a demo you can try and a very informative video about the history and making.

Review left May 5, 2010

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