Since early in my blogging days, she's been called the Princess. But today I think I'm going to have to change it to Miss Impatient. My eleven-year-old is talking aloud to the computer screen -- willing it to keep going. ZooWhiz has her attention and the new Lion Fish has her eye. Just a few more correct math answers and she'll be able to add it to her zoo. And then there's that horse. She's absolutely, positively obsessed with horses and the Clydesdale is calling her name. She has GOT TO HAVE that one in her zoo so I may never get her off of ZooWhiz.
An online learning game, ZooWhiz is great fun for animal lovers from age 5 - 15. Your zoologist can try it for FREE, but be forewarned -- they are going to like it so very much that you are going to be happy to upgrade their account to PREMIUM. (It's only $14.95 for the entire year, so it's really a great bargain.) Not only will your child enjoy the extra benefits that come with a premium membership, but you will enjoy the detailed feedback you get from their online experience AND the parental controls you can apply if necessary.
With three main subject areas to work through, ZooWhiz provides a detailed analysis of your child's capabilities and improvements. Math, Reading, and Words (which include Word Skills, Punctuation and Grammar) are all included to give your student a well-rounded visit to the zoo. To see how well they are doing in any of the subject areas, students and parents can visit the Milestones Building (see map below) for a breakdown of their work. Different smiley faces show if the work has been completed successfully or if extra work is needed as you can see in the example below.
Check out this Guided Tour of ZooWhiz.
The real point of the game is to earn coins and buy animals. The first thing that you do is you log in. You just put your user name and password in and then hit enter. Once you've logged in, you go to the Map. You visit the Biodome and enter the Shop. You can look for all of the animals that are there to buy. I like really cool animals that you don't see where I live -- like Llamas, and Ostriches, and Peacocks. Once you've spent all of your coins in the Shop of the Biodome, you have to go earn more. To earn more coins, you go into the Learn & Earn section. You can choose one of three things to go and learn about. You can choose from Math, Words, or Reading. Once you've chosen which subject you want to work in, you choose your age. (My mom made me try everything from the very beginning which is for 6- and 7- year- olds so that I could get really good practice.) I think that all of the subjects are cool but Math and Reading are my favorites. In the subjects, you play a game that is asking questions. When I get the right answers, I get more coins and then I can go back to the Biodome and buy more animals. Every time I get another animal, I feel like I accomplish something. If you want to just play without learning, you can go into the Arcade. There are lots of games there that you can do -- my favorite is the painting game. You use your coins to play these games though so I didn't play them too much since I wanted to buy animals for my zoo.
~Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to use and review ZooWhiz as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone. I was not paid to share my thoughts and feelings with you. I received a premium subscription to the website in exchange for my honest review. Please check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Crew thought of ZooWhiz as well.~