Since 1979, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers has provided educators with practical, creative, and engaging PreK–8 materials to support and enrich the core curriculum.
They strive to produce educational materials that are aligned with current standards and best educational practices—and with student interests and motivations. They pride themselves on their ability to create products that not only build and reinforce basic and complex skills, but that develop a curiosity about the subjects in which those skills are taught.
We tried the second grade reading and the 1st-2nd grade science. Both programs have the ability to have multiple children use the program, when you first log in, you have the option to select a child or add a new one.
The second grade reading game has 12 sections which include, rhyming words, diagraphs, long vowels, alphabetical order, parts of a sentence, plurals, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, fantasy & reality, sequencing and predict the ending. Each section has 2-3 levels to master. Little bean (my almost 7 year old) found it fun and challenging. She got enough practice on each section to really grasp the concept. Her only complaint was that there weren't any fun characters on the pages. I found that it was pretty much right on for a typical second grader that is just learning to read and grasp reading concepts. If you are looking for a game with dancing elephants guiding your child down the rainbow path of learning, this is not the game for you. If you are looking for straight forward practice and repetition in key reading concepts then this program delivers.
When I first looked at the science, I wasn't that impressed. We started out in weather, I was expecting it to teach little bean about clouds, precipitation, etc instead we just got a dumbed down lesson in hot weather vs. cold weather. Little bean was bored with that pretty quickly and I was concerned that the rest of the lessons would be like that. Right after weather we moved into more or less work, the physics section. To us this was just as bad as the weather section, more sorting of things that seems to go on forever and seems to be a bit beneath a 1st grader. As much as I wanted to I couldn't give up, after all what kind of supermom would I be if I threw in the towel when things got rough. Fortunately this only seemed to be a theme with those two lessons, we enjoyed the rest of the lessons and little bean learned a lot and it reinforced things that she already knew. The 1st-2nd grade science program has: living or not living, what goes together, spiders and insects, fur, feathers and scales, camoflouge, parts of a plant, life cycle of a plant, we eat plants, body parts, sun ,earth and moon, energy, weather, and physics. Just skip the weather and physics section and you will really enjoy this program for basic understanding of 1st grade science.