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Although Leap Into Phonics is not nearly as fancy as some of the other reading programs on the market, it provides children with a good solid introduction to phonics, helping prepare them for reading and spelling success.
Leap Into Phonics features a game-board like main screen, the ideal analogy for the journey the child takes on the road to reading readiness. It begins with the very basics -- recognizing and identifying familiar animal sounds and remembering sequences of animal characters, and moves through nursery rhyme appreciation and rhyming games, to letters and letter-sound recognition and identification. Each section includes a simple activity or drill, with complete audio instruction, a demonstration and explanation of the appropriate response, attractive illustrations, and enthusiastic accolades for correct answers. The program is designed to be used as a group of progressive activities, an overall lesson that builds phonics skills, reinforcing previous concepts as it introduces new ones.
Although our kid reviewers didn’t rave about this program, they did like it, and commented that they would play it again if given the opportunity. Teachers reported that it is the type of program that works well in a classroom setting because it doesn’t require a lot of lead-in time to play an activity, a problem they encounter with quest-type programs. They also approved of its teaching method and mentioned that it helped identify problem areas for struggling readers, for example, one student recognized beginning and ending sounds without a pause but had trouble with middle or vowel sounds.
PC: Windows 3.1 or higher, 486/66 or faster cpu, 16 MB RAM, SVGA card for 256 color display, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, 8-bit sound blaster or 100% compatible sound card.return to top of page
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