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I've used Study Dog, Click N Read and ETC Online. ETC is just interactive workbook pages, no real story line. The other two have characters that talk to the student and guide the lessons. With Study Dog and Click N Read thoughthe characters tend to tell the same "jokes" over and over or take a long time to tell the "story" to introduce the lesson- neither of which my kid has the patience for. CNR is space-themed and has a male dog as the main character. There's no real goal to the activities. Study Dog has a larger variety of characters, including a princess and a baker and each lesson is set up to solve someone's problem (i.e. straighten a room, finish a baking job) with an overriding goal for the whole game.
Having used all 3 though, my son (who loves computer games) doesn't really care for any of them. I think he's happier with just a workbook page that he can do at his own speed.
You might try Starfall.com first to see if your child really likes the computer based format.
Last Edited on: 8/17/09 5:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
We used it when it was free. It was okay.
Now were using
which is free, and pretty good (though some of their pronunciations are off.)
Starfall.com is also good
Rebecca that site looks great, thanks.
Thanks for all the info Tonya, I didn't know Explode The Code was online now. I checked it out but don't feel it's worth the $55. The workbooks would suffice.
I've used Starfall in the past and will probably use it along with something else.