Samson’s Classroom is an online reading program for K-5th graders. It consists of three sections: Sight Words, Spelling and Reading.
Sight Words with Samson is for beginner readers. It allows them to study 224 of the most commonly used words in our English language. The words are divided into 4 levels and several lists. The steps are study the word, missing letters, letter scramble, spell words and missing words. As the child progresses, he can accumulate stars and earn the next belt color just like a karate athlete. There is a sight word game too.
Spelling with Samson is a multi-game spelling drill section. You are presented with at least 3 games to help your child remember the spelling of the different words through a variety of games. You have the option of creating your customized list or using the pre-listed words.
Reading with Samson has 4 levels and each level has a number of short stories that your child can read. After the stories, there are several questions which he has to answer to see if he actually understood the story. After the child answers, as the teacher, you will be able to see the actual score and the details, the length of time it took for the child to finish the story and the total score.
Aside from these, there are several resources available too. There are worksheets, lesson plans, certificates and articles which you can use to reinforce the lessons.
The parent is the admin user and you can create several users depending on the number of students. You can also keep track of the progress of each child under the scoreboards section.
There are different types of plans available. You can choose the plan you need based on the number of users. $30 per year for 1 user or $50 per year for 4 users. There are higher plans for more users, you can check out their page for more information. When you purchase a plan from Samson’s Classroom, it provides the same unlimited access to all features of Samson’s Classroom.
My 8 year old was the one who tried the different modules of Samson’s Classroom. We tried the upper levels since she is already in 3rd grade. She enjoyed the reading, and the spelling games. But she found the sight words a bit boring. We used the built-in list. I asked her what she thought of the whole program and she said that she enjoyed the games but she didn’t love it. Though we will definitely continue using the reading part. It is an interactive way to improve her reading comprehension skills. I liked the way I am able to monitor what levels my daughter has completed and how non distracting the games actually are. I would recommend this product to those family with struggling and beginner readers.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.