Grades 2-3 includes a CD-ROM featuring "electronic workbook"
pages that focus on developing phonics skills, as well as a printed School Zone
workbook of the same name. A nice variety of exercises are
featured in the
CD-ROM's 30 workbook pages. As each page is completed, fish icons on the lower screen
light up: green if the page is completed error-free, or red if the
page contains errors and needs correcting.
The format is
wonderful: children work through workbook-style pages on-screen,
step by step. Each page is graded as soon as it is completed, so
that kids get immediate feedback. Children are encouraged
throughout the program, but the title virtually insists that kids
go back to the pages with errors so that they can correct them!
This format mirrors the type of learning that is encountered in
Children are rewarded with
arcade-style games after completing a few electronic workbook
pages. The graphics are bright and expressive, both in the games
and on the workbook pages.
Kids complete word puzzles (such
as word searches, pictured at right), fill in blanks, work with
such phonics concepts as contractions and plural endings, and
The program is designed around second
and third grade curriculum, and is happily age-appropriate.
featured in this program is neither extensive or deep, but Phonics
Grades 2-3 offers some fun and valuable skills practice. Our testers turn to the SchoolZone workbook CD-ROMs time and time
Phonics Grades 2-3
||By: Schoolzone Interactive