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ClickN READ Phonics
Product Review by Linda K. Foster

ClickN KIDS, Inc. . Toll free: 1-877-CLICK-ABC (1-877-254-2522) . Website: www.ClickNKIDS.com . $59.85 for the home program. School programs offered at discounted yearly pricing.

ClickN READ Phonics is a complete kindergarten-to-third grade phonics program, providing the essential building blocks to reading and reading retention with measurable results. ClickN READ Phonics allows students to learn at their own pace, with limited parent/ teacher involvement and provides ongoing assessment reports for charting student progress. The purchase of the program includes a lifetime subscription, eliminating the need for students to rush through the learning experience before the subscription expires.

ClickN READ Phonics teaches 61 letter sounds and 120 words over the course of 100 lessons. Interactive software with bright, age-appropriate graphics and animation is used to teach letter sounds, word blending, sight words, spelling, word families, sentences, prefixes, suffixes and story reading.

Online delivery of the program reduces installation problems often associated with CD Rom programs and allows for quick, easy setup and access to daily instructions. Parent/teacher assistance is required for the initial setup, but the initial setup screens are bypassed on subsequent logins, so little intervention from the parent/ teacher is required. The student is taken directly from the logon screen to the appropriate daily lesson.

Onscreen instructions for program use are clearly written and provide suggestions for determining the skill level and appropriate lesson rate for each student. Speed settings for word and letter skills are adjustable, as is the playback speed, providing flexibility in meeting individual student needs. It is suggested that students with no computer skills begin with lesson #1, which includes basic mouse pointer instructions. Students with some computer skills are advised to begin with Lesson # 3. Special suggestions are provided for assessing the skill level and appropriate beginning Lesson Plan for students with some reading skills. I would personally suggest that all students with no prior reading skills begin at Lesson #1 and complete one lesson per day, as suggested in the program. Lessons 1 & 2 are short but contain letter recognitions that are needed in later lessons. The importance of learning these first letters overshadows what might sound like an unnecessary lesson in mouse pointer use.

Each lesson in the ClickN READ Phonics program builds on the prior lesson. ClickN KID, an appealing tour guide, provides lesson instructions and leads students through a variety of virtual rooms including the Listening Cube, the Reading Room and the Speed Chamber, providing encouragement along the way. Students use "point and click" with the mouse to identify each lesson's letters, words and sentences. If mistakes are made, ClickN KID encourages the student to "Try again". As each concept is successfully completed, the student is led to a different "room" where an additional concept is added. As a somewhat added bonus, students use keyboard strokes in later lessons to interactively participate in word identification and spelling and, therefore, gain a basic concept of typing skills. After each lesson, students are encouraged to participate in practice sessions to reinforce the learned skills.

Overall, ClickN READ Phonics is a comprehensive interactive program, providing a solid fundamental approach to learning phonics and basic language arts skills. There is enough variety in the graphics and animations to keep the student interested and there is adequate flexibility in the lesson pace for use by students of all learning ability levels. -L.F
 

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