Samson's Classroom Review

As a teacher, y'all know I'm kinda broke, and you may have figured out by now that I love, love, love anything that helps my kiddos with reading, so this was a fabulous opportunity for me!!  The day after Samson's marketing director contacted me, I had access to this incredible reading resource!  Since then, I have had an opportunity to explore this on-line reading software resource with my students and with my own green beans at home.

Here are the highlights of this program and then I have an incredible giveaway for you!


First, Samson's Classroom  offers three different products in their package:  Sight Words, Spelling, and Reading.  All are for learners from kindergarten to grade 5.

Sight Words: This part of the program offers 224 commonly used words.  I plan to use this with targeted 2nd graders, as many of my kiddos already know their sight words. There are five different activities:  learn the words, build words, identify words, spell the words, and find the missing words.  I like the progression of the activities and how the student hears and gets to use the words in context.

Spelling:  This is pretty cool!  At the beginning of the week, I can add my spelling words to the program.  Then, throughout the week, we can take a few minutes to play games to review the words.  There is a Study Zone, Karate Chop, Spelling Scramble, and Wally the Walrus.  My daughter loves the Karate Chop game, and I love that she is practicing her Spelling skills!  


Reading:  This part of the program includes leveled reading passages and comprehension questions that promote critical thinking.  The activity is timed so at the end, the student and the teacher can see how long it took the child tocomplete the activity.  I have used this exclusively with the students I tutorafter school.  Sometimes we read the passage together and other times they read by themselves.  After a long day at school, they enjoy reading and answering questions on my Smart Board.
Why I'm Lovin' This Software:  
  •  The graphics and games are appealing and fun for students and theylove Samson, the mascot!
 Sight Words with Samson 2
  • You can customize the spelling words by creating word lists each week.
  • After you register your students, the program keeps a record of games and activities they played and their scores.
  • Activities can be played on an interactive white board or computer.
  • Students can use the program at home! Samson's even has customized letters for parents you can print out with their log in information.  I emailed the information to the parents, and have had a positive response, thanking me for this resources to support their child at home.
  • Students receive immediate feedback and praise as they play the games.
  • The software automatically updates so no new downloading is needed.
  • At the time of this review, the customer service was outstanding, should you have questions or need assistance.

9 comments

  1. This will make a great computer center activity! I can also see myself using it with my smartboard

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  2. I would be using this with my students as part of their computer center time, but it would also make a great anticipatory set to introduce new content too! :) Can't wait to try it out! :) What wonderful resources! Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

    Tamara
    Mrs. Russell's Room

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  3. This seems great! I would definitely use it for a center during small group time! I hope I win!!!
    :)
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley

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  4. I think it would be a perfect computer time during my D5 rotations. My track partner purchased it last night and loved it.
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  5. Hi there Jen, I'm new to the blogging world (3 days in) and a big fan. Keep up the good work!

    Diana :)-(
    Le@rning Out Loud
    learningoutloudlol.blogspot.com

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  6. What a wonderful resource. As a reading specialist K-5, I know this would be a great resource for my students. Great website you have. Thanks for all your ideas. :)
    Paula
    ibmrsh2@yahoo.com

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  7. I would use this in a large group with the Promethean board and during center time on individual computers.

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  8. I would use it during computer center time.

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  9. Great Giveaway! I would use this for my little ones who need to READ but like the computer better than books:)

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