4/4/11

TOS Review: Go Go Kabongo

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In college, I chose psychology as my minor.  I focused on developmental psychology and chose classes such as The Developing Human and Child Development.  I was intrigued by cognitive development.  As a home schooling mother of a special needs, cognitively delayed daughter, I still find development, especially cognitive development, fascinating.

I’ve done some research into the neurodevelopmental approach to education and so I was jumping up and down with excitement when I found out I had the opportunity to review Go Go Kabongo.

According to Kabongo’s Website:

Cognitive development is the process by which children improve their ability to think, learn, and reason, deriving meaning from the world around them.

You can read more about Go Go Kabongo’s Cognitive Approach by clicking here.

GoGoKabongo is an interactive online program featuring games structured to build cognitive skills that improve reading fluency and reading comprehension. These activities encourage development of six skills essential for learning how to read:

  • Attention and Focus
  • Working Memory
  • Processing
    • Successive Processing
    • Simultaneous processing
  • Visualization
  • Planning
  • Comprehension

Go Go Kabongo divides the games into “habitats”.  Each habitat has 3 games and each game, which auto-levels, has 6 levels.  The habitats are:

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In Laughter Lake you will find: Critter Sizer, Scuba Dude, & Going Buggy.

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While at Galaxy Gardens your child can play Photo Safari, Rocket Racer, & Robo Bobo

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Twister Top contains my favorite game, Design A Door, as well as Desert Dash and Crazy Maze.  Details and screen shots of all 9 games can be found HERE.   On this page HERE you can find a chart that lists all the skills and which games cover these skills.

My Thoughts: I love the game approach to learning these skills. On our neurodevelopment program we worked on “digit spans”.  These games target the same processing skills but do so in an effortless way.  These can be challenging and at times I did have to tell Supergirl to keep trying.  I love the online progress reports.  These detail what auto-level my daughter is on and gives details about the games and skills for each habitat. To view an online sample progress report click hereIf I could change a few things about Go Go Kabongo, I would make it less LOUD.  I found it loud, not only on an auditory level but also on a visual level.  I would also make it more difficult to “play around”.  

Let me explain.   When you log in, you are taken to your tree house.   There are things you can do and play with in the tree house.  These games and activities are the rewards and NOT the actual learning games.  My daughter would sign in, play around with the treehouse stuff and then exit because “the other stuff is too hard”.   I would love to see the Log In take you straight to the map (which is in the tree house)

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I think seeing the map first would encourage students like my daughter to play the games first and then play with the rewards. Overall, I am very impressed with the learning games especially, the games which develop processing skills.

Geared for 4-7 year olds, you can begin playing Go Go Kabongo right away for FREE with The Laughter Lake habitat .  Additional habitats have a ONE TIME fee of $4.95 each. To sign up click HERE. Current Special:

SPECIAL OFFER: SIGN UP NOW AND YOU GET THE GALAXY GARDENS HABITAT FREE! Hurry - this offer is only available for a limited time.

Please note that at the time of this review, the PLAY NOW button takes you to a page not found button.  However, clicking on the Play Free area will take you to the Log-In/ Register page.   Here’s the Log In/Register page:  http://www.kabongo.com/account/login/

Click on the banner below to read what my fellow crew mates have to say about Go Go Kabongo.PhotobucketDisclaimer: As a TOS Crew member, I received Go Go Kabongo free of charge to review. This review is my honest opinion with, hopefully, enough detail as to why I liked or did not like a product so that my readers can make an informed decision. I received no compensation.

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