Free vs. Premium
There are both free and premium accounts availablewith BigIQkids. When you choose the premium version, your child's progress is recorded, with regular reports emailed to you. A nice feature of this program is that your child only moves forward when complete mastery is achieved within a subject, so you never have to worry if the pace is too fast - or too slow for that matter.
You'll also notice that the premium version has little to no ads displayed - should that be an issue for you.
Overall, my daughters loved this program. They love most everything that relates to the computer anyway, and if there is also the promise of a game involved, sign them up!
They liked the Spelling and Vocabulary programs well enough, especially the Spelling Bee. Another part of the Vocabulary that *I* like is that along with each word that is introduced, is also the synonym and antonym for that word, and then it is also used in a sentence.
The favorite subject for the girls by far, is U.S. Geography. They love working with the interactive map, which online tutor "Jake" helps with. They get to choose a state to learn about, take a quiz, and then click and drag to match the states with their corresponding capitols.
Now, no program is perfect in every way, and there were a couple of things that were a challenge for me.
As much as my girls enjoyed the U.S. Geography section, the interactive map proved to be difficult as far as the clicking and dragging aspects are concerned. We repeatedly had problems when the girls would have to click on a capitol and drag it to the correct state. They would get it to the right state, but there is a very specific spot on the state where it must be clicked on, or it is counted wrong. Consequently, several answers were counted wrong every time, which frustrated the girls - and me - because I watched them move it to the correct spot. I would then receive a progress report that expressed the need for improvement in the subject, while I knew they had indeed mastered the material.
That issue aside, my kids ask to do BigIQkids every day, and that speaks volumes to me. So, whether you need a little something to enrich and challenge your little learner, or if you just need a little extra tutoring, I would encourage you to check out BigIQkids and see what it can add to your homeschool studies.
***I received a free premium subscription to BigIQkids in exchange for my honest review of it, with no additional compensation.