I received a one year subscription to always-icecream.com in exchange for my review. All content and opinions are my own (except the video produced by Always Icecream).
Caroline loves to learn via technology and we have used many websites over the years as part of our homeschooling. So when another blogger mentioned Always Icecream for her daughters I thought I should check it out! We’ve been using it for a few weeks and today I’m going to introduce you to Always Icecream. I’ll follow up with another post in a few months to give you an update on our experience. (If you have boys, the companion site for boys is Clever Dragons.)
Always Icecream is a fun place for girls in K-8 to practice learning skills and explore different educational topics. It also is a safe place for girls to interact online through fun activities.
Here’s a quick peek!
Always Icecream covers many subjects with instructional videos, practice lessons and assessments. The learning topics include:
- Language Arts
- Geography and History
- Music and Arts
- Foreign Languages
- Life Skills
- Biblical Studies (Christian or Jewish)
There are a number of fun activities on Always Icecream that include Challenges, My Friends and Community. There is a video section with carefully prescreened videos appropriate for girls. Caroline especially enjoys checking out the wide variety of videos available. She also likes adopting pets such as her turtle and dragon!
Learning Community Features
The community feature gives girls the opportunity to interact online. This is a moderated area so everything is kept safe. No personal information can be given out in the community areas and it is not searchable by search engines. It is truly a safe place for girls to have fun!
The girls can earn scoops as they complete different tasks online. One feature I like is the ability of the parent to reward scoops for various tasks around the house. There are preset ones or you can create your own. I like being able to use this as a way to thank Caroline for completing certain tasks with a good attitude!
There is a separate parent section with valuable tools for the homeschool mom. It took me some time to explore it and determine how to best use all the different options. I can easily select the grade levels for Caroline’s activities with a slider, making it easy to change them as we go. I can preview any learning activity and then assign it to her so the assignment shows up when she logs in. I’ve found this a really helpful assessment tool. I’ve been giving her assessments on different subjects and it helps me zero in on things we haven’t covered that I need to touch on with her. As relaxed homeschoolers, this is very helpful.
Always Icecream is not a comprehensive curriculum so you couldn’t choose to do Always Icecream and call it your entire curriculum for the year. But as a supplement, there are many helpful ways it can contribute to and enhance your homeschooling process.
I hope you will check out Always Icecream for your daughter.