Our family had the opportunity to review the Tiny Planets website for This Old Schoolhouse Review Crew.
Tiny Planets TV – “On Tiny Planets TV you can watch any of the Tiny Planets television episodes. This series was co-created with Sesame Workshop and emphasizes science education and early learning goals, such as social and emotional development, language and literacy, problem-solving and reasoning, knowledge and understanding of our world, and creative development. Tiny Planets is the only television program to be endorsed by Montessori Centre International, and it’s been a favorite in nearly 100 TV territories around the world. “ from the Parents Page
My Tiny Planets – “My Tiny Planets is a new online community and virtual world based on science and space exploration that combines social elements and gaming to create an engaging space exploration experience. Children create an avatar (affectionately called their “Space Cadet”), solve galactic missions with Bing and Bong, sharpen their wits with fast-paced mini-games, navigate their spaceships and avoid wormholes, adopt and care for their own planet, and nurture exotic plants in a biodome, all the while racking up achievements and special badges for their accomplishments.” From the Parents Page
Coming from a family of Late Elementary/Middle School Boys, this one is a little bit young. Our boys let their other online social network website phase out of membership this year as well. BUT – if you are starting out – the graphics and information on this site seems to be amazing. Kids have their user name given to them, created by the site, and may be a good way to start the on line social network gaming – with quite a bit of privacy control by the site. My boys, did not enjoy the limits, did not enjoy the made up names, and I did not like having to have such a hard time logging in each day trying to remember or find the log in names.
For Petra School – This is one of the first reviews that I have to not promote. The site was hard to navigate, the passwords and accounts were hard to remember, and I think there are Keys to purchase to really get into the “good” stuff of the site. Even when I sat to write the review, my 9 year old looked over my shoulder and said he really didn’t want to play the games.
For a new family – starting in the online gaming – I would say this would be a safe jumping off website.
I have not been paid for this review, this is a free to log in site – our family used the site by request of This Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew. I did hear great things about the social parts of it from other crew members – maybe go over and see how their experience differed from mine – http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolcrew/783525/ .