Clifford the Big Red Dog Reading
That big red dog returns in Clifford the
Big Red Dog Reading that is a great literacy program aimed at children
between the ages of 4 - 6. The program itself focuses on an important
part of communication such as phonics, letters and sound recognition to
really give your child that edge when they reach school by being a
master reader in their class.
Over 100 reading lessons
15 printable activities
Seven adjustable levels
Interactive and printable bonus books
Automatically adjusts to focus on skills that your
child needs to practice
Kids practice reading aloud by recording stories in
their own voice
Progress report allows you to track your child's
Upper and lower case letters
As with all Scholastic programs, the
installation was a breeze and it simply auto-installed once
the CD was detected by the computer which is a boon to parents who are
somewhat computer illiterate. Apart from the minimalist installation of
the program, it also runs on very low end computers with its basic
system requirements being a Windows 95 machine, 90Mhz, 35MB hard drive
space, 640x480x256 colour display, windows compatible sound card and a
CD-ROM drive. Optional equipment that can also be used is a printer and
Clifford the Big Red Dog Reading revolves
around Emily and her big red dog Clifford as they explore Birdwell
Island looking for adventures, all in the course of learning. As they
meet various characters throughout the island, they need to help their
newly found friends solve a variety of word and letter problems. For
these challenges, the players are rewarded tickets that can later be
exchanged for various amusing the cute prizes.
For instance, one puzzle in the game is to assist an
artist paint Clifford by giving her various 2 to 4 letter words that
have been previously learned in the game. The artist then interprets
these words into her colourful painting and of course the player is
rewarded with a ticket. Another entertaining game has the player popping
the correct balloon that contains certain words, in order for Elizabeth
to dunk Clifford.
With this in mind, the main aim of Clifford
the Big Red Dog Reading is to assist the young gamer with a myriad of
reading skills such consonant sounds, word building, phonics and
vowels that is done through a variety of entertaining puzzles and
Graphically, Clifford Phonics is extremely
colourful and looks like a Saturday morning cartoon that is filled with
simple yet colourful shapes and of course that famous dog, Clifford
himself. As with all Clifford products, the pronunciation is a little
biased towards North Americans but it does not hamper the enjoyment or
educational aspect of this title.
In conclusion, Clifford the Big Red Dog
Reading is an amazing piece of educational software that contains games,
learning and entertainment which comes at an extremely affordable price.
Check it out!
PC: Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP,
Pentium 90 or higher, 16MB Ram, 4X CD-ROM, 8-bit sound card, 256 colour
640x480/SVGA monitor, 35 MB free hard drive space.
Macintosh: Power Mac, 7, 8, 9,OS X Classic Mode, 16 MB RAM, 4X
CD-ROM, 640 X 480 display with 256 colours, 13" monitor, 35 MB free hard
drive space, 4X CD-ROM.