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January 2006 | Vol. V - No. 1


Homeschool Families Rate Toys

Parents and Kids Get Electrified

Five homeschooling families evaluated four different toys. Below are their numerical ratings, based on a scale of 1 to 10, with “10” being the best and “1” the worst. To view the full article, please click here:

  1. Politics by CHUM CHUM GAMES (ToyDirectory)
  2. Snap Circuits Jr. by ELENCO (ToyShow)
  3. Speed Spell by SPEEDSPELL (ToyDirectory)
  4. Hit Kit by DK PUBLISHING INC.
Mom’s Homeschooling Roundtable Questions Products
1 2 3 4
How appealing is the packaging? 7.4 9 7.2 10
How likely would you be to buy this product in a store, based on packaging alone? 6 8.4 6.8 10
Once the product is open, how appealing are its contents? 7 9.4 7.6 10
How easy are the instructions to understand … for the parents? 6.8 9.8 6.6 5
How easy are the instructions to understand … for the kids? 8.4 9.6 7.2 1
How satisfied were you with the amount of time it took to set up or prepare this toy? 8.4 9.8 8.6 8
How excited were the kids about the prospect of using this toy? 8.4 10 7.8 10
How involved were the kids when getting ready to play with the toy? 8.4 10 8.2 6
How interested in the toy were the children once play began? 9.2 10 7.8 10
How much fun did your kids think it was to play? 9.6 9.6 5.4 10
How much did they think they learned while playing with the toy? 8.2 9.2 3.2 9
How much did you think they learned while playing with the toy? 7.6 9.4 5.4 10

How appropriate is this toy as an


addition to a homeschool curriculum?
7.4 10 8.4 5
How appropriate a learning tool is it outside of the classroom? 9 10 5.2 5
Knowing what you now know about the toy, how likely would you be to buy it for your children or recommend it to other parents? 8.6 9.8 6.2 5
Knowing what they now know about the toy, how likely would your children be to buy it, request it or recommend it to other children? 9.2 10 3.6 10
TOTAL SCORE 8.1 9.6 6.6 7.5

Alison MarekWriter's Bio: ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on Watch her nefarious villains in the web series Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at Phew! And then ...  Read more articles by this author


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