Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree: A Review

Dear Homeschooler,

Summer is wrapping up — at least for us anyway. I decided to introduce schoolwork in a fun and easy-going way before we really dig into the meat of our learning this year. It was really perfect that I had the opportunity to review an educational app called Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree by Star Toaster.

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The Product: Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree is an interactive book that works not just on reading and comprehension skills but also on many academic skills such as science, math and art. As the student reads through the story, certain words and phrases are highlighted and linked to definitions, sounds, descriptions, etc. to help the reader experience the story, expand their vocabulary, and increase their understanding.

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review
Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review
There are certain goals that need to be met as the story progresses. For example, the orphs may need blankets, so you have to earn 80 stars to get them. This is how you do it:

  • Read the story and click on the learning links.
  • Click on the giant star on the menu on the bottom. That will bring you to Stumptown (pictured below); Each house targets specific skills.
  • Complete Job Training and Help Wanted activities to gain stars.


Academia of Stumptown

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review

Beaver Builders: Learn math skills such as counting by hundreds, skip counting, addition, subtraction, etc.

Woodland Watchers: Learn to develop observation thinking skills.

Woodland Scurrier: Increase vocabulary skills by learning about compound words, definitions, homonyms, synonyms, etc.

Brainstormers Inc.: Develop your understanding of the world around you in topics such as weather, biology, physics, etc.

Gopher Gifts and Supplies: Gain art skills by learning about different styles and artists.

Pinecone Publishers: Learn grammar concepts such as similes, parts of speech, proper nouns, plurals, etc.

Cricket Cards: Build character by learning good choices and moral traits.

Critter Cafe: Learn life skills such as good nutrition.


Besides reading, learning happens through two types of activities:

The Job Training activities are learning lessons using visuals, videos, posters, etc. to help teach a specific concept.

The Help Wanted activities are comprehension checks, such as answering multiple choice questions.

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review
 Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review


Parents can track how many lessons and jobs have been completed in each subject area.

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review

How We Used This Product

Kids Loved It

Both of my children loved this product. The story is engaging; they don’t even realize they are learning. My kindergartener needs my help to read the story and questions, but she loves pressing the links, and it is a great way for us to spend some time together. My son can read it himself and loves the independence of reading and navigating the program by himself.

Interactive & Educational

As a parent, I am always concerned about too much media consumption. I know we can’t ignore technology (and I don’t want to), but it is a hard thing to monitor. I feel a lot better when my kids play Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree because they are learning new things that will help them in their studies.


Because it is a mobile app, it is extremely flexible. I have pulled it out in waiting rooms and at the laundry mat.

Worth the $$

There are so many free apps out there that I rarely will pay for one. In my opinion, this one is worth paying for.


Have you tried the Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree? How do you like it? I’d love to hear about your experience. Comment below.

Till Next Time,


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One Comment

  1. startoaster4kids

    Hi Jennifer!
    Thank you for the wonderful review of “Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree”! It was so much fun to read. We especially enjoyed your description of the “Academia of Stumptown”. Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review. Please tell your children that we appreciated their help, too.
    Your Friends,
    The Star Toaster Team

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