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Childrenís beloved pal Arthur returns in this pleasant 2 disc program that offers plenty of pre- and early reading activities for the young student. Set in various locations around Arthurís school, and featuring Arthurís array of amiable friends, kids can explore 12 different areas, drilling and strengthening necessary skills as they play.
Disc1 attacks Basic Reading skills, focusing on the alphabet, letter recognition and letter sounds, as well as such less apparent but equally important skills as following directions and sorting by attribute. Disc 2 moves on to Advanced Reading skills, encouraging the development of critical reading and vocabulary skills.
Multiple, easily adjustable difficulty levels exist for the activities on each disc. An auto leveling feature also allows the program to automatically adapt the level according to the studentís measured performance. Progress reports let parents and teachers to keep track of how students are doing in each activity. Disc 1 also includes reward trophies, won, at each level, when users correctly complete required sessions in all available activities.
Program activities include letter puzzles, renditions of MadLibs and hangman, a sorting game, the omnipresent matching game and a cute spelling game in which Arthurís pals are contestants in a spelling bee, and the user must choose the character who spells the designated word correctly. A print activities section lets kids extend their fun with numerous non-computer games.
Along with other programs from The Learning Company (parent company of Creative Wonders) Arthurís Reading includes a new technology aimed at ďkeeping consumers informed of new product features, free offers and other important newsĒ (i.e., advertisements). It does this through the userís Internet connection. This option can be turned off at any time by un-checking the default box in the options menu.
PC: Windows 95, 98 and NT4.0, 486/66MHz or faster cpu, 20 MB hard drive space, 8 MB RAM for Windows95/98, 16 MB RAM for Windows NT4.0, 800x600, 256 color display, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, Sound Blaster or compatible sound card.return to top of page
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