This year is a huge year for my oldest child who is Currently 10 years old.
Sian has her SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) which she has been revising very hard for before they have to be done in May this year .
The tests which are taken in year 6 cover the three core subjects, English, Maths and Science.
The papers are sent away to be marked with results being available before your child leaves primary school to go to Comprehensive (Secondary school) in September.
I remember when I had my SATs back in 1994, there did not seem to be much of a scare or any stress when doing them, we were expected to sit and do them in a hall and we had no worry what so ever if we had failed or passed.
These days, in my opinion , there are so many more expectations from our children and although I do want my daughter to do well, I do not like that it can be so stressful for them at such a young age.
I do however want my daughter to enjoy her time at school, I want her to learn and build her strengths in certain lessons which may become handy in the years to come , maybe help her get a job she dreams of doing once she leaves school later on in life.
Listening to a teacher reading from a textbook was one way that never helped me, In fact I can not actually remember anything I have learned from school and I think that is all down to basically been told to sit and read from a book.
To me , reading is a fantastic way to help children build their reading skills but I do think that bringing in play with educational learning is essential for keeping the child interested and wanting to keep learning.
Here enters OoberKids Republic.com
What is OoberKidsRepublic.com?
OoberKidsrepublic.com is a safe, fun and interactive way to learn Key Stage 2 Maths, English and Science.
If you sign up to OoberKidsRepublic.com , you and your child enter a safe, fun and educational, online world of learning which include some fun characters like Mino the Hedgehog and Oscar the Owl who will walk you through your learning and play throughout the site.
The site is bright and cheerful and children love going to the different sections within it such as the Magic Maths Shop and the Secret Code Club.
OoberKidsrepublic.com provide the three main subjects, Maths, English and Science and this site walks you through each one for primary school children aged 7-11 (KS2).
For me , my daughter is the reason why I think this is a great tool to have in home and because I can see her every progress and her learning at home, I know when I think she has had enough .
Surprisingly though, because the fun factor has been brought into the learning , my daughter seems to spend more time learning on the site than she does looking at a textbook and personally I think it is helping to stick in her mind more because she is enjoying it.
OoberKidsrepublic.com is perfect for those who like to have or may need the additional teaching to boost their knowledge and skills in core subject areas .
The great thing about this site is that not only do your children get to enjoy learning , but you , the parent can actually keep track of their every move and achievement.
You also have a place where you can chat with other parents or teachers who share tips and tricks in helping your child to overcome one of the most stressful times they can go through during their school years with ease .
How much is it and what do you get?
You can get free trials for years 3,4,5 and 6 for all core subjects in their shop department .
There are also the passes which give you access to your choice of subject starting at £6 for 5 days, 8 days for £8.40 or 10 days for £12. I personally think this is also a great idea for during school holidays when you do not want your child to forget what they have been learning and also that extra help for after school, especially in times like this when SATs are close by.
These trials offer access to the whole English curriculum Yr 3, plus access to the monitored Chat Hut service, as well as the Profile Hut, where the points accrued with correct answers and by leading an active life style (parents can award those points) can be redeemed against avatar accessories.
There is also a standard pass that is available for £12 which is valid for a year which allows your child to join their monitored daily Chat Hut service, as well as giving access to sample English, Maths and Science questions, yoga and cookery tips, the news, fun activities updates, jokes, the latest adventure of Mino the Hedgehog and his friends and their Profile Hut, where the points they accrue by answering correctly or by being active (the parent can award these points) can be redeemed against avatar accessories. Parents can also access their own chat room to swap ideas, thoughts and tips on education.
So if you have a child who is in need of extra curriculum or help is this something you introduce your child to, What are your thoughts ?