Ko’s Journey – Revisited, Updated and a Chance for a Free One-Year Subscription

I originally reviewed this product in May of 2010 and we loved it – my original review is listed below. Since then it has had a bit of a face lift and some interesting features added to it, so they asked me to take another look and let you all know about the incredible new features including updated graphics and amusing videos that help reinforce the real world connections. The new videos are a bit on the juvenile side and the actors are a bit cheesy, but my dd(14) thought they were interesting and really did make the connections more understandable.

Now on to the giveaway — I am going to make this one simple, simple, simple. If you would like to win a one year homeschool plus license simply enter a comment below and leave a contact email. Could it get any simplier – I think not!!! This giveaway will run through Monday 12/5 at 12 noon – EST. 

Original full-length synopsis and review -

Ko’s journey covers the core concepts in middle-school math, comprising about 20% of a comprehensive curriculum. By going deep into a set of approximately 10 main areas of learning, students gain a rich, contextual understanding of essential concepts including number lines, fractions with non-common denominators, multiplication, division, rounding, percentage of numbers, applying scales, graphing comprehension, linear equations, Cartesian coordinate mapping, area of a circle, ratios, determining unknown variables, volume, complementary/supplementary angles, slope, addition/subtraction of decimals, multi-step problems and conversion of units of measure.
This story based math curriculum supplement is fantastic! It takes the learner on a journey with Ko, a young girl in an ancient wilderness who has been separated from  her family and needs to use math skills to find her way back to her kin. The program is fully web-based so it is super simple to setup an account, which they have at many different levels including individual for $29 or Intervention Homeschool (up to 3 players and 1 adult) for $59. To me this is an extremely reasonable price for this very unique and engaging supplement to your middle school math curriculum which features -
  • 15-hour curriculum of core middle school math embedded in rich story
  • Easy on-line set-up and administration – no need to deal with CDs
  • Automatically tracks student progress and assignments
  • Aligned with NCTM standards
  • Excellent preparation for state testing (includes pre and post tests)
  • Interactive learning environment with peer teaching
  • Creative tool aimed at addressing emotional resistance to math
  • Empowers students comprehension of fundamental concepts
Some of the reasons that my daughter enjoyed the program are:
  • “Using math in a virtual real life simulation helps me to understand why it works”
  • “The graphics are great!”
  • “It is really easy to use”
  • “It saves my progress and tracks my scores”
  • “Each new level brings some new challenge or puzzle to solve”
Some things that I have noticed – both good and bad -
  • Pre-test and post-test features are great to really be able to tell if they have learned new concepts by using the product or if previously covered concepts have been reinforce.
  • Entertaining storyline to help keep them wanting to work with the program
  • Set-up was super easy
  • Tracking of grades and progress is done automatically so you can ask your student to work on it and will know how they did from your own log in screen.
  • It is possible to change the student information so that if you have more than one child you could purchase the individual program and they could either work through it together or once one child has completed it – as it is only a 15 hour curriculum – another child could restart it, as you have access to the program for one full year
  • When using it on different computers it takes a VERY long time to load. This is not a big deal when we are at home, but when we are out and about and she wants to play it on the laptop it can be a bit annoying
Here are some screen shots -

I am very excited about the direction of this program and am hopeful that we will see more high quality games like this in the future!

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avatar About the Author: Gina is a home educating mom since 2007, when her daughter was in 5th grade and could no longer deal with the ridiculous public school system. You can find out more about their journey on their blog – Home Learning Family Going Sane - fairiemom78.blogspot.com .

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  1. avatar melissa845 says:

    Wow, this sounds really cool!

  2. avatar Margaret says:

    This looks interesting. would love to give it a try for a resistances math girl.

  3. avatar jnssteele says:

    My son is a bit math resistant. We would love to give it a try.

  4. avatar Dana says:

    This program sounds really interesting – I know my son would like to try it out.

  5. avatar Barbara says:

    Thanks for the concise review! I’ve seen this offered on Homeschool Buyer’s Club and considered buying it. after reading your and your daughter’s comments I feel it would be worth it. My son is 12. He likes video games and math, but needs a boost in math. I’m no great mathematician, so any product to help is appreciated.

  6. avatar Gina Basteri says:

    AND THE WINNER IS —– Margaret! Congrats and I hope your daughter enjoys it!!!