Title: Jump Start Kindergarten Reading
Source: Knowledge Adventure
Playing Time: For each section a
half an hour. There are 8 sections.
Cost: $ 30.00 (http://www.cdaccess.com/
Number of Players: One child
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Windows
95/ Windows 3.1 or 3.11 or Macintosh
Subject Area: Kindergarten reading
Objectives: To get the child to
know the alphabet, sounds and spelling of words
Brief Description: You visit rabbits
house and then visit all of his relatives. With each visit you do something
associated with words and reading, for example phonics or vowels. Once
you complete each section they give you a clue.
Entry Capabilities Required: Must know
how to use a mouse and the keyboard
Relevance to objectives: 4- The child
gets to interact and this makes learning the letters and words much more
The strong points of the game are that it is fun for the kids while they
are learning. They cover all areas of reading. Including alphabet,
spelling and how to put words together.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4- I think this would have to be introduced later in the school year. Depending
on how advanced the child was in the alphabet and with spelling.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest:
5- This would be a very fun game for a kindergarten class.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 4-
There are some confusing directions. The teacher would have to be there
to guide the students through it.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
5- The graphics are very colorful and the sound quality is good.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 4- You get the
clues if you get all the correct answers.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): N/A
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Clear directions for play: The
rabbit gives very clear directions.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
They don't really give clear reasons as to why you are wrong or how to
The weak points are They don't do a good job of correcting you if you are
wrong. So kids will tend to make the same mistakes unless the student is
being monitered by the teacher. The student should not be left alone to
do this a teacher should always be there to answer any questions.
Reviewer: Valerie Haas
Position: Gred. 518 student
Date: March 24, 1999
Computer System Reviewed on: PowerMac
233, 64mb ram.