La La Logic (Crew Review)

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As our third preschooler, Arianna usually ends up with her brothers’ educational hand-me-downs, so I was excited to get the chance to review a new product with her.  La La Logic‘s Preschool Curriculum focuses on developing critical thinking skills, and we had barely started using it before I was wishing I had had it for my older boys a few years ago!

What is it?

La La Logic’s curriculum is intended for children ages 3-6.  Rather than focusing on academic skills such as reading and arithmetic like many other preschool programs, La La Logic concentrates on developing cognitive skills such as problem solving and logic, seeing these as the building blocks needed for future learning.  By focusing on areas like visual-spatial recognition, working memory, attention, and fluid reasoning, children’s capacity for learning is increased and they will be more prepared for the academic tasks ahead of them, whether their future lies in homeschooling or a traditional classroom setting.

There are two main components to the La La Logic curriculum:

  • The online “Brain Challenges” are essentially computer activities modeled after questions found on children’s IQ tests.  Each week’s brain challenge contains several puzzles or games for the child to work through.

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  • Additional offline activities are provided in the weekly lesson plans.  These downloadable files typically include a worksheet of some sort (with practice in writing, drawing, cutting, classifying, etc.) and extension activities. 
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    In the lessons we went through, the offline portion usually consisted of a story with suggestions for related enrichment activities such as science experiments, poetry, copywork, or artist’s study. (“Use an internet search engine to find ‘Claude Monet water lilies images’. Ask your child to describe one of the paintings and how it makes him/her feel. Be sure to take time to observe the colors and the brush strokes. Invite your child to paint a scene inspired by Monet.” — from Week 5)

The two parts of the program function independently, so it’s possible to use either one without the other.  If you only want to use the online activities, you can just use the “Continuous Brain Challenge Mode,” which allows the child to work through all the online activities without interruption, rather than breaking them up by weeks.

There are 100 weeks of lessons (20 sets of 5 weeks each), increasing in difficulty as the child progresses.  For older children who could use more of a challenge, it is recommended to do 2 weeks at the same time, with activities from one week in the morning and those from the other in the afternoon.

Our Experience

Our desktop computer with a regular mouse is down, so I started out all the kids on my laptop, which proved challenging for Arianna.  I helped her with the mouse and she did okay on everything except activities that required her to drag.  Thankfully, the program also works great on tablets, so I switched her over to our Kindle Fire and she found it much easier.

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At first, I tried using both parts of the curriculum as intended, week by week.  I printed the lesson plans and put them in a binder in page protectors.  The checklists and many of the worksheets can be filled out with a dry erase marker to be reused with the next child to save printing costs.  Arianna had trouble with some of the cutting worksheets, so I saved the pieces Elijah cut (or cut a new set for her myself) and tucked them in the page protectors so she could do the activities multiple times.

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Eventually, however, we ended up just using the online portion of the program, which is fabulous on its own. I ended up using it with all three older kids, each in slightly different ways:

  • Arianna (age 3) was the main user of the program. She begged me every morning to let her get on the Kindle Fire to do it.  She definitely benefited from the way it is set up to use one week at a time, with repeated exposure to the same set of games.  I had her stick with the week’s activities, showing her how to do each one the first day, and then being there to assist if she needed help when she repeated those activities throughout the rest of the week.  She enjoyed the offline activities, though as I mentioned before, she had a little trouble with some of the ones that required cutting.
  • Elijah (age 5) wasn’t necessarily challenged by any of the activities the way Arianna was, but he definitely enjoyed them regardless.  Elijah is my “thinker,” and he loved the logic behind the online puzzles.  The offline activities we tried were all really easy for him, but he eagerly participated in them.  He didn’t need the repetition like Arianna, so after the second week I let him start checking off each week as being “completed” as soon as he had gone through it once.
  • Ian (age 7) is older than the target audience for La La Logic, but he saw what the younger kids were doing and wanted a turn.  I only had him do the online Brain Challenges, and he completed two weeks worth of activities each day as part of his regular math routine.  He found the program easy, but he looked forward to it each day.  (I could have just had him use the “Continuous Brain Challenge Mode,” but I liked having a defined set of activities for him to work through each day.)

My Thoughts on La La Logic

La La Logic was pure learning fun.  I loved that there were no penalties for wrong answers, no scores to distract my perfectionist (who will do a math lesson as many times as it takes to get 100%), and no competition between kids.  It was just a fun time for them to stretch their brains a little bit while solving puzzles.

As I’ve mentioned before, as the mother of many I am much more inclined to buy products I can use with multiple children over the years.  So one of my favorite things about La La Logic is that it has a lifetime membership which allows you to track the progress for up to five children.  There’s no rushing to try to get through all the lessons before a subscription expires so the program is very flexible.  At only a $29 one-time cost per family, La La Logic is a great investment for families with preschool aged students.  The online content alone is well worth the price, but with the offline enrichment activities included as well, this is a incredible value, especially since it can be used with multiple children as they become ready.

The only improvement I would suggest would be a way to print out the offline activities all at once (or at least in larger sections), rather than just week by week.  I would have been more inclined to continue using that part of the program if such an option had been available.

I was really impressed with the care that went into preparing each activity in La La Logic’s Preschool Curriculum (both online and offline) and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in helping their preschool aged child develop critical thinking skills.  This is one of my favorite preschool products out of everything we’ve used over the years!

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