Phonics is a busy program with plenty of things to do. Phonics
activities for children ages 3 to 6 or 7 are the focus, and a speech
recognition feature is available if parents want to turn it on.
program combines instructed activities and free-play, exploration
activities, which is helpful for children just learning to read.
The setting is Camp Readalot, and JumpStart characters host the
Activities are multi-level,
ranging from letter recognition and basic letter sounds on
difficulty level one, to word building and sentences on level
can play the game using a traditional mouse interface or they can
use a microphone to call out the answers. This is a good concept,
but unfortunately voice recognition is an inconsistent technology,
and it really isn't appropriate for children just learning to
read. Kids might be calling out a correct answer, but the program
may not be recognizing their responses. Fortunately, the game can
be played in a traditional manner, and it works well without the
voice recognition feature.
Our complaint with most JumpStart
programs is that the focus is far too heavy on rewards, which
serves as a distraction from learning. JumpStart Phonics is not as
bad in this respect. Yes, there are plenty of rewards (kids earn
merit badges), but they don't come too easily and they don't
This program is strong because it
features activities that both drill facts and allow kids to
explore letters, words, and letter sounds.
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