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Reading Software -- The Big Picture

SuperKids' reviewers have looked at several new Reading Software programs in the past several months covering a broad spectrum of needs and ages, evaluating their content and design, as well as their kid appeal and ease of use.

  • Reader Rabbit's Complete Learn to Read System [for ages 3 to 7] from The Learning Company, actually teaches reading skills from letter recognition and letter sounds to phonics, words, sentences and eventually reading comprehension. The system requires parental involvement: if you don't have the time, consider: Reader Rabbit's Reading Ages 4-6 (reviewed as Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey), or Reader Rabbit's Reading 6-9 (reviewed as Interactive Reading Journey II).

  • Sound It Out Land Phonics Adventure [for ages 4 thru 6] from 99V Phonics Reading & Writing, is an updated release of Phonics Adventure with Sing-Along Sam. The program stresses instruction, presented in the form of songs, as opposed to practice drills.

  • Arthurís Reading [for ages 4 to 7] from Creative Wonders is aimed at drilling the young reader in skills needed to become a successful reader. Lack of novel activities makes this one best for Arthur fans.

  • Mia: The Search for Grandma's Remedy [for ages 5 to 9] from Kutoka Kids, includes 9 learning activities designed to support school reading curriculum in kindergarten through grade two. Not recommended for kids with short attention spans, or kids who are easily frustrated.

  • JumpStart Reading for Second Graders [for ages 6 to 8] from Knowledge Adventure has a fun adventure theme with an Indiana Jones-like frog. It assumes prior basic reading skills, and offers good practice of Language Arts skills required of a 2nd grader.

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)
Reader Rabbit's Complete Learn to Read System
    The Learning Company
5.0 4.8 4.5 PC Mac
Sound It Out Land Phonics Adventure
    99V Phonics Reading & Writing
4.0 4.0 5.0 PC Mac
Arthurís Reading
    Creative Wonders
4.0 3.9 5.0 PC Mac
Mia: The Search for Grandma's Remedy
    Kutoka Kids
4.0 3.8 4.0 PC Mac
JumpStart Reading for Second Graders
    Knowledge Adventure
4.0 4.0 4.5 PC Mac
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