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StudyDog Review & Giveaway!

We all know that moment with our kids when they “get it.”  Their eyes light up, a connection is made, and you can see it all over them.  Whether it’s finishing a new puzzle for the first time, figuring out how to put on their own socks, or having a breakthrough in communication, it’s incredible to witness.
Watching a child putting the pieces together and learning to read for the first time is one of those moments you’ll never forget.  Reading is an essential building block for lifelong success, a powerful tool that will take them far.  Many parents spend a lot of time and money looking for programs to help their child begin to grasp reading concepts.  There are a lot of options out there for parents to use as educational tools for their children, but they don’t all offer what you or your kids need.  If you’re going to invest your time and money in a learning program, don’t you want it to be the best?


I’ve been very impressed with StudyDog, an online reading program that I recently heard about through my membership at The Homeschool Lounge.   StudyDog’s reading curriculum is used in homes and schools alike and is designed to let children work with little adult interaction.  A research-based program, StudyDog has received praise and accolades from AOL, ComputerWorld, Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computers), and thousands of teachers.
My 3.5 year old Miles and I took StudyDog for a test drive and here are my thoughts:
  • I love that this is something that he can use on his own while I sit nearby.  He needed a little help with some of the activities, but the basics were easy for him to pick up, including where to click to move on to the next activity and how to get started after the instructions.
  • You’ll be able to access your StudyDog account and all its features from any computer, which is great for families on the go!
  • The graphics are excellent and fun to watch!  Even with a slow-ish Internet connection, we were able to enjoy the time we spent on
  • Kids will feel like they’re playing the entire time they’re learning.  I love that children are guided through a series of lessons but still have choices about which activity to try next.  Feeling free to choose their own path (within a framework) will help kids enjoy their experience!  Read more about what kids love about StudyDog here!
  • Parents will love knowing the objectives of each activity.  While your children are having fun playing with the StudyDog characters, you’ll know they are working and learning the fundamentals of reading!
  • If your child is have trouble with a concept, the StudyDog program recognizes this and adapts their individual learning plan to work on these areas.
My favorite part of StudyDog’s excellent program is that parents can immediately check their child’s progress reports to see which activities and reading components their child is excelling at and which ones still need work.  Miles had a difficult time with the rhyming sounds exercises and this was reflected in his progress report.  These detailed progress reports are a feature that is unique and one many parents (and teachers) will find invaluable! has excellent reference pages for Schools and Parents highlighting all the great features and benefits of using their program!
StudyDog is available with a low monthly fee ($4.99-8.99 per month, depending on the number of months purchased), an incredible value.  That’s only $59.88 per child for the year if you purchase the program for an entire year!  And you can get started FOR FREE by signing up for a free 2-week, no commitment, hassle-free trial!  You’ll see how much your child enjoys StudyDog and how much they can learn in two weeks!
Start your free 14-day trial of StudyDog today and begin to see those magical “I get it!” moments with your kids as they discover the joy of reading!
StudyDog has graciously offered a free 3-month subscription to StudyDog for one lucky reader!  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!  Please read the rules and instructions and we’ll announce the winner on Friday, February 24th!  Please stop by StudyDog’s Facebook Page to say thanks!

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Disclosure Statement:  The Playdate Crashers were not compensated in any way for this review.  They were not asked nor required to write a positive review and these thoughts are our very own.  StudyDog is providing one free three-month subscription to their service for a reader.  To have The Playdate Crashers review and give away your product or service, please contact us!
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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.