In recent years the consumer and school markets have become deluged with software products for children—products of dramatically varying quality. Following are examples of highly rated programs for children in the beginning elementary school years. These were rated for content, user friendliness, adult management features, strength of support materials, and value for the cost, rather than being examined for outcomes on children’s learning.


Brief Description

The Treehouse

The program addresses a number of skill areas. In terms of literacy, one activity is the construction of sentences with characters acting out the sentence upon completion.

Reader Rabbit 2

Provides young readers with practice in alphabetizing, rhyming, identifying long and short vowel sounds, and creating compound words.

My Own Stories

Provides students with word-processing, color graphics, sound effects, and music for use in creating their own stories. Stories can be printed.

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