“Where can I find reading software?”

From the mailbag:

"Dear Mama Bear,

I really want my 4 year old to start reading.  How can I help with that?  What softwares are available?

Anonymous"

Dear A,

While I applaud you wanting to teaching your child how to read, 4 might be a wee bit too early.

Might not, mind you, but don't expect it to happen quickly.

First, here's some resources:


Regarding reading software, here's what's popular at Amazon.com today:

#1: Reader Rabbit I Can Read With Phonics 1st and 2nd Grade

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM
Reader Rabbit

Reader Rabbit I Can Read With Phonics 1st and 2nd Grade
by The Learning Company
Platform: Windows XP / Me, Mac OS 9 and below
3.5 out of 5 stars(24)

Buy new: $19.99 $6.65
12 used & new from $2.71

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#2: Reader Rabbit Reading Ages 4-6

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

Reader Rabbit

Reader Rabbit Reading Ages 4-6
by Riverdeep
Platform: Windows XP, Mac OS 9 and below
3.4 out of 5 stars(29)

Buy new: $9.99 $6.92
19 used & new from $2.99

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#3: Reader Rabbit Playtime for Baby and Toddler

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

Reader Rabbit

Reader Rabbit Playtime for Baby and Toddler
by The Learning Company
Platform: Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP, Mac OS 9 and below
4.6 out of 5 stars(47)

Buy new: $19.99 $6.09
17 used & new from $3.99

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#4: Reader Rabbit Learn to Read With Phonics

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

Reader Rabbit

Reader Rabbit Learn to Read With Phonics
by The Learning Company
Platform: Windows, Mac
3.8 out of 5 stars(45)

Buy new: $19.99 $7.45
14 used & new from $2.93

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#5: Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade Mis-cheese-ious Dreamship Adventures

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

Reader Rabbit

Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade Mis-cheese-ious Dreamship Adventures
by The Learning Company
Platform: Windows, Mac
4.2 out of 5 stars(6)

Buy new: $19.99 $5.95
22 used & new from $1.89

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#6: Reader Rabbit Personalized 1st Grade Deluxe

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

Reader Rabbit

Reader Rabbit Personalized 1st Grade Deluxe
by Learning Company
Platform: Windows, Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars(7)

Buy new: $29.95 $8.66
27 used & new from $2.49

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#7: Disney's Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

Disneys Adventures

Disney's Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa
by Disney Interactive
Platform: Windows 95 / 98
4.0 out of 5 stars(31)

Buy new: $29.99
18 used & new from $1.69

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#8: JumpStart Kindergarten

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

JumpStart Kindergarten

JumpStart Kindergarten
by Knowledge Adventure
Platform: Windows 98 / XP / Vista / 2000, Mac, Mac OS X
3.2 out of 5 stars(10)

Buy new: $19.99 $9.99
23 used & new from $1.45

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#9: Grammar Made Easy

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

Grammar Made

Grammar Made Easy
by Global Software Publishing
Platform: Windows Vista / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP, Mac OS X Intel, Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 and below
2.7 out of 5 stars(3)

Buy new: $19.99 $6.98
19 used & new from $4.00

(Visit the Bestsellers in Reading & Language list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)

 

#10: DR SEUSS GREEN EGGS AND HAM

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:06 AM

DR SEUSS

DR SEUSS GREEN EGGS AND HAM
by THE LEARNING COMPANY
Platform: Windows, Mac
3.4 out of 5 stars(7)

Buy new: $19.95 $6.78
27 used & new from $0.25

So, as you can see….there's lots of great reading software choices out there for you.

Thus speaks…MamaBear

ps – you can also get great reading goodies from eBay too!

 

 

“My kid hates reading, help!”

From the mailbag:

"Dear Mama Bear,

My kid, age 7, absolutely hates reading.  How can I get her interested in it?

Sincerely,

Anne from Florida"

Dear Anne,

MamaBear really hears you on this!

Reading can be a tremendous delight and all around fantastic activity, but if the kid actively *hates* it, she'll really be missing out in the future.

So kudos to you for addressing this now!

First, determine just *why* your child would prefer picking fungus out of a decayed onion as opposed to reading.

Might she find it difficult to process the words?

Perhaps she's dyslexic and doesn't yet "see" the words?

Download the free report "Is My Child Dyslexic?" and see the signs mentioned are demonstrated by your kid.  If so, visit the site Dyslexia Parents Resource and see what the next best step would be.

If it turns out your kid isn't dyslexic, but still hates reading, consider her favorite hobby.

Let's say that it's comics. 

Go to the library and take out a favorite comic book that's age-appropriate.

Every evening, have her read one page and then tell you an alternative ending, one that she imagines up herself.

Then you do the same thing (make it a parent/kid fun-time opportunity).

From there, see if you can find a computer/educational game that deals with the same topic (perhaps from the Reader Rabbit series).  Set up playing that game as a reward/privilege/etc….ie, something to look forward to!

The main key here is to first:

  • Get at why your child doesn't like reading

and then

  • Remove the cause for dislike and replace it with something that makes them go "Yippie!"

Whatever you do, remember…this is a long-term process!  Start with baby-steps and make sure to praise your cub to the skies when she proactively does *anything*, no matter how small, regarding reading. 

You'd be surprised at how powerful a parent's encouragement and pride can spur kids to want more.

Thus speaks…Mama Bear

ps – regarding reading software, you might enjoy:

Ed Helper Rocks

Have you ever wanted to give your kid some excellent academic enrichments?

If so, one of the best, all around resources is

EdHelper

During Camp Ling, I have been known to print out daily challenges in all aspects of academics, including Math, Latin, story-writing and much much more.

It's been now $19.97/year since, wow, gee….2002 or so?  Definitely well-worth it indeed.

Parent well,

Mama Bear