Title: Jumpstart Kindergarten Reading
Source: Knowledge Adventure
Playing Time: It had a number of activities,
probably to do two of them, about 5-8 min.
Cost: $ 19.99 on special https://secure.adventure.co
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: none
Subject Area: Reading for
Objectives: Phonics, word building, and
Brief Description: You have a choice of
nine places to go, and you find the items that begin with the letter your
host tells you, and at the end of each activity, you get a clue to where
the treasure is hidden in the carrot patch.
Entry Capabilities Required: You just
have to click on "Jumpstart Kindergarten Reading"
Relevance to objectives: 4
It is easy. It helps kids learn the sounds of the letters, and it doesn't
"beep" or anything is you choose a wrong answer. The rabbit just tells
you what you chose, and what letter it begins with.
Provides practice of relevant skills: 4
It teaches them the letter soumds and reviews vocbulary
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 3
1/2 Yes, it had songs, and the activities were built for kindergarteners,
and the teacher can check their progress report.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 4 it
is easy after you have done it once
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
4 It has a talking rabbit as your host, and it has pictures, and songs
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): no, you choose
the letters yourself, it's one player
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): no, you
have pictures, and a talking rabbit.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Clear directions for play: 5 you have
to enter one room, and go from there
Effectiveness of debriefing:n/a
It could get boring, after playing it a few times.
Reviewer: Dana Wood
Date: Sept. 16, 1998
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.