How I Use It
I am using this with K and 1st grade in the computer lab once per week. We start out on the website and I allow students to move to free choice whenever they would like. Almost all the kindergarteners, and many of the1st graders, stay on the site for most of the lab hour.
All the students love creating their monsters and earning chicks and badges and stars. Almost all the kindergarteners are very engaged and moving along quickly. It's pretty self-explanatory as far as progressing through levels. First graders are mostly reading already, but those who are not are still really engaged. All students benefited from the phonics aspect. I can track progress individually or as a class, and individual sounds/words mastered for each student. It is great reinforcement for phonics-based reading instruction. I look forward to the level 3, which should come out this year, so the more advanced students will be challenged.