Earlier this year, I looked at lots of programs that would provide extra reading comprehension practice for Brennan. I was looking for something formatted a lot like a standardized test -- read a short passage and then answer questions about the passage. Recently, I found just what I was looking for with an online reading skills program called Samson's Classroom.
Samson's Classroom offers activities for sight words, spelling, and reading. We focused almost exclusively on the Reading with Samson activity. There are four difficulty levels available for it. The passages increase in length and difficulty as you reach harder levels. In addition to more questions per passage, the questions themselves become more difficult in the higher levels.
Brennan's biggest worry about the Reading with Samson program is that he will finish all 23 passages for level three before he's ready to take on the challenge of the level four passages.
This high-stakes reward system works fairly well for Brennan. I've noticed that sometimes when playing other games he won't even attempt to answer a difficult question correctly because the reward isn't worth the effort. He can just move on to a simpler question. With this program, he tries to answer each and every question correctly for the passage so that he can get the maximum number of swings with the hammer game. The hammer swings are spent on the short reward game shown below.
Samson's Classroom is available as a home plan subscription which costs $30 per year for one user or as a family plan subscription which costs $50 per year for up to four users.
I highly recommend this program for older students that need extra work on reading comprehension skills. The program lists a recommended age of K-5, but I think the reading comprehension section is appropriate for many students in grades 6-8 as well. Please note that Samson's Classroom also includes practice activities for sight words and spelling. Be sure to click the banner below to read other reviews to see what other homeschool families thought about those parts of the program.