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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Review: The Critical Thinking Co.™, Fun-Time Phonics (TOS Review) #hsreviews #criticalthinking #languagearts
For this review we used Fun-Time Phonics!™ Software - 2-PCs Win Download from The Critical Thinking Co.™. As indicated, we used the windows version of this product, but it is also available as an iOS and Android app.
We have reviewed for The Critical Thinking Co. before:
The Critical Thinking Co., Math Analogies Level I
The Critical Thinking Co., The Basics of Critical Thinking
This product was used by my almost 6 year old, who is in Kindergarten. This has been a great program for him, as it focuses on the beginning and middle sounds of words in the first several lessons. Each lesson focuses on a particularly sound, either at the beginning or end of a word. The lessons then go on to teach rhyming words, short vowel sounds, consonant vowel blends, and then reading words. There are 126 lessons total.
I love that you can see how your child did on each lesson and move back to lessons to repeat them, when more review is needed. This is all done very easily in the admin section of the program.
This screenshot was taken after going back and reworking some of the earlier lessons. He has really improved and is better understanding beginning and ending sounds.
I also love that this is a downloaded program, no internet connection is needed, after the initial download.
My son used this program about 3 times a week, on school days. He easily got through one lesson each sitting. He didn’t like it at first, but that is because it was difficult for him to begin with. He got use to the program, and after a few times, used it happily without any complaints.
A few things that I didn’t like about the program is that you have to log into the admin section to EXIT the program, therefore my son can not do it himself. You also have to log into the admin section to switch to a different user. This is not a HUGE deal breaker, but it is annoying when I have to stop and help them with this, when it could easily be set up so they can do it themselves. At the same time, so people may find this as a bonus, because then their kids can’t exit the program whenever they want to.
This video demo gives a little more detail about the program.
This product can be purchased individually for $29.99 or you can save money and buy it as part of the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!™ bundle. You can also get the Alphabet Song Game App FREE for a limited time. You can find out more about the Bundle by watching this short video
The Critical Thinking Company has a wide variety of materials, and this is only one of several that were reviewed by the crew this time. Click below to see other products reviewed by crew members.
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