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Reading Software -- The Big Picture

All parents are anxious to see their children develop good, basic reading skills. SuperKids reviewers have checked out dozens of programs that focus on these skills. Can't find one here that meet your needs? Check out other Reading programs SuperKids has reviewed.

  • Reading Detective Beginning [for grades 3-4] from CriticalThinking Co., is one of the best programs we have seen for teaching reading comprehension skills. But successful completion, will require adult authority for all but the most driven young students.

  • Language Arts Review 3a - Advanced Level with Sports [for ages 7 and up] from Help Me 2 Learn, is focused on advanced language arts, including: Word Families and Patterns, Syllables, Antonyms and Synonyms, Homophones and Homographs, Classifying and Sorting, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Reading Comprehension Strategies, and Spelling.

  • Mia's Reading Adventure: Bugaboo Bugs [for ages 5 to 9] from Kutoka, provides a multitude of reading skills exercises, in an adventure story format.

  • Sight Words with Samson [for ages 4 to 7] from Knowledge Wand, is a reading program that teaches kids to recognize 224 of the most common words in the English language without sounding them out... to recognize them by sight.

  • Leapster: Scholastic Clifford The Big Red Dog Reading [for ages 4 to 6] from LeapFrog, is an educational adventure based on the beloved character from books and television fame.

  • JumpStart Reading with Karaoke [for ages 4 to 7] from Knowledge Adventure, is a phonics-based, learn to read program, somewhat similar to JumpStart Phonics, but with the addition of song.

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics [for ages 3 to 6] from Scholastic, promotes letter and sound recognition, associating objects with words, word families, and rhyming.

  • Reading for Meaning [for ages 8 to 13] from Tom Snyder Productions, teaches reading comprehension skills. Designed primarily for classroom use.

  • JumpStart Phonics [for ages 3 to 6] from Knowledge Adventure, offers a novel approach to teaching phonics and early reading to young children.

  • The JumpStart Phonics Learning System [for ages 3 to 8] from Knowledge Adventure, expands on the base program (above) to provide parents with multi-media material for teaching children to read.

  • Reading Blaster for Kindergarten [for ages 4 to 6] from Knowledge Adventure, takes kindergartners undersea to hunt for treasure and complete familiar looking pre- and early-reading activities.

  • Reader Rabbit's Reading 4-6 [for ages 4 to 6] from The Learning Company, is a systematic, phonics-based reading program.

  • Reader Rabbit's Reading 6-9 [for ages 6 to 9] from The Learning Company, is a must-have program for early readers, that uses a carefully sequenced learning progression.

  • Clue Finders Reading Adventures [for ages 9 to12] from The Learning Company, is a solid reading comprehension builder for older students, cast in an arcade game style program.

  • 3D Froggy Phonics [for ages 4 to 8] from Ingenuity Works, systematically introduces the user to each of the letter sounds, and drills evolving skills through a series of fun games and activities.

  • Stories & More - Animal Friends [for ages 5 to 7] Combines beloved children's books with a variety of thought provoking activities to introduce kids to the delights of literature while strengthening their developing reading and reading comprehension skills.

  • Phonics Voyage [for ages 4 to 10] from Arrow Educational Products, does a thorough job of presenting and drilling early reading skills using a pirate theme that may appeal to boys.

  • Leap into Language 1 [for ages 4 to7] from INNOVA Multimedia , is designed to teach early reading skills. Slow, focused approach will work best for serious, motivated learners, but not with children with short attention spans.

  • Reading Blaster Ages 7-8 [for ages 7 to 8] from Knowledge Adventure, is designed to drill reading skills of students in the first and second grades. It combines arcade-like fun with a variety of reading drills. It's not wildly unique, nor is it enormously appealing, but as an enjoyable way to help kids solidify their skills, it's quite adequate.

  • My Reading Coach [for ages 7 to adult] from Mindplay, is aimed at the serious (and mature) students who need instruction in reading proficiency. Older students in need of remedial work may find it helpful.

SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Reading Detective Beginning
    Critical Thinking Co.
5.0 2.0 5.0 Price
Language Arts Review 3a - Advanced Level with Sports
    Help Me 2 Learn
5.0 4.0 5.0 Price
Mia's Reading Adventure: Bugaboo Bugs
4.0 4.0 4.5 Price
Sight Words with Samson
    Knowledge Wand
5.0 3.5 5.0 Price
Leapster: Scholastic Clifford The Big Red Dog Reading
4.0 4.0 4.5 Price
JumpStart Reading with Karaoke
    Knowledge Adventure
5.0 4.5 5.0 PC / Mac
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics
3.5 4.0 5.0 PC / Mac
Reading for Meaning
    Tom Snyder Productions
4.0 3.3 4.7 PC / Mac
JumpStart Phonics
    Knowledge Adventure
4.3 4.0 4.3 PC / Mac
The JumpStart Phonics Learning System
    Knowledge Adventure
4.3 4.3 4.5 PC / Mac
Reading Blaster for Kindergarten
    Knowledge Adventure
3.5 3.5 4.5 PC / Mac
Reader Rabbit's Reading 4-6
    The Learning Company
5.0 4.5 5.0 PC / Mac
Reader Rabbit's Reading 6-9
    The Learning Company
5.0 5.0 5.0 PC / Mac
Clue Finders Reading Adventures
    The Learning Company
4.0 4.3 4.0 PC / Mac
3D Froggy Phonics
    Ingenuity Works
5.0 4.5 5.0 PC / Mac
My Reading Coach
5.0 4.5 5.0 PC / Mac
Stories & More - Animal Friends
4.5 4.5 5.0 PC / Mac
Phonics Voyage
    Arrow Educational Products
4.5 3.5 5.0 PC / Mac
Leap into Language 1
    INNOVA Multimedia
4.5 3.0 4.5 PC / Mac
Reading Blaster Ages 7-8
    Knowledge Adventure
3.5 4.0 4.5 PC / Mac
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