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21. Arthur's Reading Games
$5.74
22. Word Munchers Deluxe (Jewel Case)
$3.98 list($19.95)
23. Richard Scarry's Best Reading
$9.97
24. LEARNING COMPANY Adventure Workshop
$9.95
25. Grammarian 2.0
$7.95
26. ATARI 23660 Blue's Clues 3 Pack
$3.99
27. Blue's Clues ABC Time (5-user)
$11.99 $10.99 list($14.99)
28. Pencil Pal First Grade
$31.99
29. Arthur's Reading Race
$12.98 list($9.99)
30. Reading Blaster Ages 7-8 (Jewel
31. Brain Bytes ABC's 123's Ages 3-5
$10.49 list($19.99)
32. School Zone Kindergarten Two-Pack
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33. DK I Love Phonics Learning PowerPack
$11.99 list($14.99)
34. Pencil Pal Preschool
$0.75
35. SCHOLASTIC SOFTWARE Clifford The
$6.25
36. Jumpstart Phonics Learning System
37. Reader Rabbit 1st Grade
$9.99 $6.30 list($12.99)
38. Reading Explorer Deluxe
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39. Reader Rabbit Reading and Phonics
$3.95 list($9.99)
40. Sesame Street Reading

21. Arthur's Reading Games
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005MKSL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 644
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Amazon.com Review

Arthur and his buddies enthusiastically take over a library, using video walls, gigantic books, and funky contraptions to teach basic reading skills. Maybe they should have paid a bit more attention to one ingredient that all libraries have in abundance: interesting information.

Arthur's Reading Games contains five reading activities that deal with spelling, word construction using parts of words and individual letters, whole-word recognition, and story building. Kids can also take a break from the world of words by visiting the Dance Theater, where they can program Arthur to boogie along to his theme song, and paint different backdrops for the stage he dances on. The same activity can be found on Arthur's Learning Games.

Francine's "Word-O-Matic" is one of the better games. Francine has built a machine that turns a vat of green goo into parts of words. The invention intones the word to be spelled, and hands over the first letter, and players must decide which blob of goo will complete the word. A writing activity gets laughs with the nonsensical options it offers kids, who must fill in the blanks to complete a one-page story in a big book Buster has discovered. At level one, the options are pictures (toilet, tiger, liver) that get plugged into the story. At level five, kids get written lists of adjectives, verbs, and other parts of speech to choose from. The goofiness of the choices occasionally gets in the way of good grammar. We managed to create many wacky, yet incorrect, sentences such as: "It takes special tiger to shop for a nice outfit."

Favorite Arthur characters lead each of the five activities, yet they do not remedy the plainness of some of these offerings. A "guess the word" game that left us wanting more featured Arthur's little sis, DW, standing on a ladder in the stacks and demanding kids spell a word she's thinking of by clicking on letters on the spines of books. If the correct letter is clicked, the book gets moved onto the library shelf, and when the word is eventually built (the only clue DW gives players is the number of letters) DW repeats the word, and all of the books go back to the cart for another round. When we spelled "COB" the word wasn't used in a sentence, no book about corn flew out of the stacks, and the library remained indifferently silent. Arthur's Reading Games doesn't exploit the creative possibilities of its setting, nor does it effectively explore the wonders that reading can unlock, which is a shameful waste of any library. (Ages 5 to 7) --Anne Erickson ... Read more


22. Word Munchers Deluxe (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00002SANC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Softkey Incorporated
Sales Rank: 453
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Word Munchers Deluxe helps kids learn valuable reading and grammar skills while playing games. With an entertaining arcade premise and a great 3-D look, kids will enjoy learning. Munch the correct words while avoiding the Troggles! Earn points not only in the games but in school too! (Ages 5-10) ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars munch it up!
I absoulutley love Word Munchers. It is the coolest game. The fact you can play with or without troggles knocks me out. I also love how you can play by grade level. I'm in fourth grade, but sometimes I like to play 1st grade to cool off.

5-0 out of 5 stars Word Munchers
This is a great product. We use this at our Elementary school. I love the fact that it is done by grade level which I find really helpful. The six kids that I have been working with really like the game. It isn't that easy and can be very challenging for the kids. We have also Math munchers which is just as fun! ... Read more


23. Richard Scarry's Best Reading Ever
list price: $19.95
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Asin: B00002S6RU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Ingram Micro
Sales Rank: 599
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Lowly the worm and Huckle the cat guide pre-readers through Busytown, aplace that truly deserves its name; the myriad letter games, phonics exercises,and object-identifying tasks will keep beginning readers busy for a longtime.

Lowly and Huckle gather stories for a newly built Storymobile by visiting thefarm, campground, beach, market, and school. In each of these spots, there arethree chores they can help out with, tasks such as finding marshmallows to roaston the campfire by clicking objects that begin with a certain letter, orstacking hay bales in the barn by deciding whether spoken words rhyme or not;completing each chore yields a story to help fill the Storymobile. Activitiesrun the gamut from simply matching letters to reading and writing stories. Mostof the activities favor beginning readers, coaxing them gently along withfamiliar Richard Scarry characters in everyday settings. (Though Scarry'sillustration style is consistent throughout, the animation is somewhatcrude.)

The stories that kids can "win" are a great motivator; this age group seems tolove having a big goal. Considering the abundance of activities, five areas withpoint-and-click identifying games, and a spot where kids can write their ownstories, this CD-ROM deserves its self-aggrandizing title, especially if theuser is a fan of Scarry's brand of whimsy. (Ages 4 to 7) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Give Your Kids a Great Jump on Reading
There are a lot of CD-ROMs out there, but this one is engaging and fun for our 3.5 year old son. The fundamentals for reading and even math are well established: rhyming words, matching letters, sequencing of events, identifying words that begin or end with the same sound, observing and categorizing objects. Another child in his pre-school is already reading due in part to this software and Clifford Reading CD-ROM by Scholastic. Richard Scary stories are one of our child's favorites and the stories here do not disappoint. The only thing that prevents me from awarding fives stars is that during the reading of a story, each individual word should be highlighted. One tip: I found this at Zany Brainy for half the price here.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Way to Learn
This, like all the other Richard Scarry titles we own, keeps my son engaged for a long time. There are activities at different levels so it does not get boring fast and the characters are darling. If you like Huckle and Lowly you'll love this program. ... Read more


24. LEARNING COMPANY Adventure Workshop 4th-6th Grade ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0006SQWSA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Learning Company
Sales Rank: 3354
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Features

  • Cluefinders Reading Adventure takes your kids on an adventure to solve an intergalactic mystery
  • Carmen Sandiego's ThinkQuick Challenge takes you around the world after the legendary criminal's gang
  • Mission T.H.I.N.K. gets you to solve hundreds of puzzles to keep a factory working
  • Ages 9-12

25. Grammarian 2.0

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Asin: B00003OTHW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Casady & Greene
Sales Rank: 3368
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Fast, easy, and reliable, Grammarian 2 improves your writing skills and helps you do a more professional job. Save time with one-step proofreading. Grammarian can interactively check your grammar while you type. It can also batch-check and perform statistical analyses in a single pass. You don't waste time running separate procedures to count words, sentences, and syllables per word, or to check punctuation, style, grammar, and mechanics. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Addition to Macintosh
This software is highly intuitive, easily modifiable to fit any writing situation and produces very fast statistics on readability. I am using Grammarian 2 even as I type this review and it has made several suggestions thus far to improve readability. What is really incredible about Grammarian 2 is how it works with virtually any application. One of my laments about AppleWorks is how it lacks a grammar checker. Now, it doesn't have to be that way. I'm using one of the latest iMac DV computers running Mac OS System 9.0.4. This is great software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should for Writers ... MUST for Parents
I've owned Grammarian for several years -- and when I could make myself use it, I was usually amazed at what it did for my writing. At Macworld Expo in New York, I was shocked and amazed at a demo of Grammarian which was given at the Apple User Group Breakfast. WOW! The demo showed me features in this new upgrade I had no idea were there! I bought Grammarian 2 on the spot ... PARENTS: if you have middle-school to high school students, this software MUST BE INSTALLED on your home computer! Make them use it! Their writing will improve by leaps -- the program contains not just alerts of bad grammar, and other problems in writing, but also allows you to look the problem up, and UNDERSTAND WHY it should be re-written or corrected. ... WRITERS: this is as much a learning tool as it is a writing-correction tool. Looking up problem areas in your writing will give you the correct verbiage -- in addition to inspiration to other ways of wording your message. ... it's wonderful software, and for the price -- should be on EVERY COMPUTER! ... I cannot recommend it highly enough -- and intend to nominate it for the Design & Publishing Center's "Home & School Software Product of the Year". ... Read more


26. ATARI 23660 Blue's Clues 3 Pack Software Bundle for Kids ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B00018AUC4
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 2690
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Features

  • For Windows 95 and 98 PC
  • For Macintosh PowerPC System 7.1 or higher
  • Explore abstract and traditional art forms, color, texture, and composition
  • Strengthens word recognition, listening comprehension, and early reading skills
  • Teaches essential early learning skills in children ages 3 to 6

27. Blue's Clues ABC Time (5-user)

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Asin: B00002S6FR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 3707
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Amazon.com Product Description

Explore the world of letters, sounds, and words with Blue and her friends in this activity pack filled with multilevel learning games. Identify letters, build vocabulary, practice phonics, and create rhymes as you collect words to help Blue build silly stories in her Word Book. The more words you collect, the more stories you can create and print out! (Ages 3-6) ... Read more


28. Pencil Pal First Grade
list price: $14.99
our price: $11.99
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Asin: B0001ABC7Y
Catlog: Software
Publisher: School Zone
Sales Rank: 3495
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29. Arthur's Reading Race

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Asin: B00003IEKI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Creative Wonders
Sales Rank: 811
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great game, my daughter is already sassy anyway
Great story with lots of interactive stuff to click on to keep youngsters interested.

The reading race game is excellent, however the authors did not include nearly enough words in the game to keep it interesting long term. A real shame, as the game itself is motivating and educational and would have real value in teaching spelling and word recognition skills if only the dictionary was larger.

The previews of other games are a great addition - good advertising for the publishers and very entertaining in their own right.

4-0 out of 5 stars Arthur's Reading Race
This is a good game that will help your children to learn to read. This game will work with Windows XP Home Edition if you run it in compatibility mode.

4-0 out of 5 stars Our kid's ask for it
I read a reviewer claim that this CD-ROM game has taught her daughter to be a "sass mouth". D.W. certainly has a vocab beyond her tender years, but she behaves no differently than she does on the popular kids show.

Having said that, this CD is fun. You can either read along with the story (words are highlighted as they are read), or play games with Arthur and D.W. "I Spy" is a favorite of my kids. Each pag of the story has pictures and items that can be clicked on and they come to life! A great tool for helping kids to learn how to use the computer mouse. Also comes with sample games for older kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Reading Race
My son loves this CD and honestly so do I. While it is not going to teach your child to read, it will help them with word recognition some. On each page of the story there are several items to select for interesting surprises. You can either have the program automatically continue after each page, or stop and let you explore the page and its contents.

I think there is not any overt rudness in the program that is above and beyond the book series itself and the interaction between Arthur and DW.

5-0 out of 5 stars fun and some learning
This CD is just plain fun. Anyone buying this program because they want to teach their child to read may be buying the wrong product. But it does help early learners to "see" words, and connect word/object relationships ... at least somewhat. And that in itself makes it worthy of some educational value. But the best value in this is the fun. The prizes are fun too .... weird flavored ice cream. My own feelings are that if you want to teach your child to read, you shouldn't depend on software, for the most part software is just a way to practice what they learn via actual instruction. This is a great, fun, and easy to play CD. ... Read more


30. Reading Blaster Ages 7-8 (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B0000639QS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 1328
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Amazon.com Product Description

Catch the crooks and bag the books. There's trouble on planet Islandia, where pesky Mumblers are stealing all the books. Join the Blaster gang to crack the mystery as you race down ski slopes, escape a volcano before it blows, and steady your aim to plug steaming geysers. Make it past all these obstacles, and you can solve the case of "whodunit." Get ready, get set, and start clicking.

Reading Blaster is part of the Blaster Learning System, an integrated line of game-based learning software. Blaster Learning System missions use gameplay to teach fundamental math and reading skills to kids ages 5 to 9. After mastering the essentials, kids move on to Cross Terrain Challenge, created to sharpen critical-thinking skills through extreme game adventures.

Reading Blaster's unique motivational learning system recognizes each child's achievement with points that can be redeemed for rewards. The Blaster Learning System goes the extra step with SmartPoints to provide an incentive to play, practice, and learn. ... Read more


31. Brain Bytes ABC's 123's Ages 3-5

Asin: B00002S9R9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IBM
Sales Rank: 7877
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Learning letters and numbers is child's play. Get a giggle a minute with the animated Number and Letter Machines. Touch the "J," and jaguars jog. Try the "R," and rhinos roller-skate. Select a number from 0 to 30, then count along with the cheery critters that pop up. One mouse... eeek! That's two mice!You'll find hours of learning play and discovery with alphabets and phonics, numerals and quantities, simple sentences, and upper- and lowercase letters. (Ages 3-5) ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Very mediocre
This inexpensive learning tool for children is extremely unembellished and unexciting. It is simple to use and might be a good tool for toddlers as young as two and a half. My son is three and has numerous better abc software applications. This one didn't hold his attention for very long. It has no music and very meager graphics.

This might be a good first abc program for a young toddler. Though the recommended age range is 3-5 years, I would say it is better for 2 1/2 to 4. You get what you pay for. This software doesn't cost much and it doesn't offer much. ... Read more


32. School Zone Kindergarten Two-Pack
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001AB44K
Catlog: Software
Publisher: School Zone
Sales Rank: 2798
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33. DK I Love Phonics Learning PowerPack
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000C7FPK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Software Publishing
Sales Rank: 5122
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Features

  • Includes I Love Phonics!, My First Reading Adventure: I Want to Read!; My First Reading Adventure: Now I¿m Reading!
  • CD 1: word recognition, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension & more
  • CD 2: understand letter sounds & phonics; learn alphabetical order; identify rhyming words
  • CD 3: identify letter sounds & spell words; identify spelling patterns; read key sight words
  • For kids ages 3-7

34. Pencil Pal Preschool
list price: $14.99
our price: $11.99
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Asin: B0001ABC7E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: School Zone
Sales Rank: 8964
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35. SCHOLASTIC SOFTWARE Clifford The Big Red Dog Reading (Windows/Macintosh)

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Asin: B0007SM8PU
Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Scholastic Software
Sales Rank: 5585
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Features

  • Multiple learning games and lessons help your child become a skilled reader, just by having fun
  • Kids will explore Clifford's neighborhood and enjoy fun activities
  • Make words that will inspire Monique the artist
  • Dunk Clifford into the ocean by popping the word balloons
  • Catch the falling letters and organize them into the right boxes

36. Jumpstart Phonics Learning System Ages 3-8

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Asin: B000042OKZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 2728
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars best for foreigners
Game using voice recognition and correction of pronunciation are very helpful for many foreign kids including adults. It gives pleasure and educational effects at the same time. Today There are lots of native speaker teachers everywhere. but Everyone cannot have opportunity to learn english from them and also decicde their english is good or not. That is why this will be the best english teacher for foreign kids. ... Read more


37. Reader Rabbit 1st Grade

Asin: B00004T72W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 6094
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Exciting reading games for first-grade kids
  • Explore the world of weather on Cloud 9
  • Work on skills one at a time or have fun with the story
  • Skill levels automatically adjust to kids
  • Tracking reports monitor progress

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Hours of fun and laughter
We got this for our daughter who was 7 at the time,and she chose to play Reader Rabbit over playing Playstation or Nintendo 64 games. The friendly characters are so encouraging and so cute that my daughter walks away when done playing with a smile on her face and a really good attitude. That doesn't happen when playing other video games.

4-0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable game (the first time)
My daughter rushed to complete all of the tasks needed to start the show. It took a period of a few weeks playing an hour at a time. She was very persistent and enjoyed creating the signs that pop up throughout the scenery. The costume-matic (which forces you to make exact change) was very good for my first grader and took some time so that she didn't exceed the amount required. However once done and we saw the show, the game leaves you unable to do anything else. We have to sign on as a new person or uninstall the game to start it over again. I'm considering trading my game with friend, so they can enjoy it. ... Read more


38. Reading Explorer Deluxe
list price: $12.99
our price: $9.99
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Asin: B000064089
Catlog: Software
Publisher: DK Multimedia
Sales Rank: 2254
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39. Reader Rabbit Reading and Phonics Ages 3-6 (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00002SAMZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 4726
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars DONT BUY THIS
(....)I cannot install this on XP. I have tried all the work arounds found on the "Support" web site and a few of my own but it will not allow me to install. I am a software developer and know this software is flawed--they did not test it on XP.

1-0 out of 5 stars Reader Rabbit reading Phoincs 3-6 Jewel case
This is not working in my system from the first day of having it, I have WINDOWS XP. I am so NOT happy I am not sure how to go about returning it asap even for an exchange. Please help me.
Angelia ... Read more


40. Sesame Street Reading
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B000070MQ5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 7532
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