Reading and Me. (educational software) (evaluation)
by Stephen Levy
Educational software can take many forms and approach instruction in a variety of ways. Reading and Me's goal is to prepare young children, ages 4 to 7, to read. Its approach is drill, with lots of reinforcement for correct responses.
Reading and Me's interface is age appropriate. Children experienced in playing computer games will be able to master the interface quickly. Others will need someone to help get them started. All responses can be entered using a mouse or the keyboard. If you opt for the keyboard, you'll only use the arrow keys, space bar, and Esc key.
The four levels of drill are readiness, alphabet, phonics, and words. Each category offers three different games, varying the drills as well as allowing a child to progress as he or she masters each skill.
Although no computer program is going to teach children to read, Reading and Me offers some well-considered drill-and-practice exercises that build on the knowledge and experience the child already has. If you're looking for a simple, easy-to-use program for a preschooler or kindergartner, Reading and Me is worth considering.