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Reading Software -- The Big Picture

SuperKids' reviewers looked at six new Reading Software programs this month covering a broad spectrum of needs and ages, evaluating their content and design, as well as their kid appeal and ease of use. Which is best for your child?

We began by looking at a program, Reading Success Test, designed to assess the user's reading skills and progress. From there, we moved on to evaluate three programs for beginning and early readers, Elmo's Reading, Blue's ABC Time Activities, and Leap into Phonics. These were followed by a program for young readers, Reading Quest with Aladdin, and finally, a program for young teens to adults, Ultimate Speed Reader.

  • Reading Success Test [for ages 5 to 9] from Virtual Knowledge, is a multimedia program that assesses a child’s mastery of reading fundamentals. Used in conjunction with other indicators, it provides a helpful, non-threatening way for concerned parents to assess their child’s reading progress.
  • Elmo's Reading [for ages 3 to 6] from Creative Wonders, is a two disc set that provides fun pre-reading skill building activities, and enjoyable read-along texts. Best for pre- and beginning readers.
  • Blue's ABC Time Activities [for ages 3 to 6] from Humongous, provides pre- and early readers with a low-key yet entertaining set of activities based on Nickelodeon's preschool television program "Blue’s Clues."

  • Leap into Phonics [for ages 3 to 7] from Bright Start, provides children with a good solid introduction to phonics. Not as flashy as Elmo's Reading, it is well suited for students distracted by fancy graphics, and for those needing extra help.
  • Reading Quest with Aladdin [for ages 7 to 10] from Disney Interactive, is a well-animated adventure story that requires the user to complete reading and spelling activities to progress. Good for skill development.
  • Ultimate Speed Reader for ages 14 and up] from Davidson provides a series of activities that train the reader to track more effectively, improve concentration and perception, and use peripheral vision to read more words at once. Good for for anyone motivated to improve reading speed and overall comprehension.

Can't find one that meet your needs? Check out other Reading programs SuperKids has reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Reading Success Test
    Virtual Knowledge
4.0 3.0 4.5 PC
Elmo's Reading Preschool & Kindergarten
    Creative Wonders
4.5 5.0 4.6 PC / Mac
Blue's ABC Time Activities
    Humongous Entertainment
4.0 4.4 4.0 PC / Mac
Leap into Phonics
    Bright Start
4.8 3.8 4.8 PC / Mac
Reading Quest with Aladdin
    Disney Interactive
4.0 4.6 4.5 PC / Mac
Ultimate Speed Reader
    Davidson
4.5 4.0 4.9 PC / Mac
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