TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

ClickN READ Phonics is fun learn to read software you can access from any computer that has an internet connection. All you need is your username and password. This application teaches kindergarten through third grade phonics-based reading. Since ClickN READ Phonics is intended for small children, navigation is simple. For these reasons, ClickN READ Phonics is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner.

With 100 lessons, your child will be able to practice all the letter sounds and many combinations of sounds. They'll learn words that use those sounds. They'll also practice reading sentences along with a space dog guide named ClickN KID who leads your child through the lessons. As your child learn sounds and words, ClickN KID gives instructions. He frequently says, "Remember, when you hear a sound for a letter, you point and click on it." When your child clicks on the correct sounds and words, he gives praises.

This learn to read software has quality graphics and animation. The sound effects make the application entertaining for small children. As they move from exercise to exercise, the colorful backgrounds change and the characters move around the screen. He and the character named TV Screen talk to one another, have races and help each other out.

Since this learn to read software covers reading curriculum for kindergarten through third grade, you won't have to purchase new software for each reading level. This is something that many of the other products we reviewed don't offer. It's convenient to have all of the reading levels in one concise application.

Features
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ClickN READ Phonics divides each lesson into four progressive exercises: The Letter Sound Chamber, The Listening Cube, The Reading Room and The Speed Chamber. Each learn to read software exercise introduces new material and reviews key concepts from previous lessons. After a series of correct responses, the application allows your child to progress to the next exercise in the lesson.

After it introduces new material in each exercise, ClickN READ Phonics becomes interactive. The application prompts your child to click on or type correct responses for the remainder of the exercise. The learn to read software will instruct your child where letters are located on the keyboard and provide hints if your child has trouble during a particular exercise. Another nice feature about ClickN READ Phonics learn to read software is that you can repeat the lessons whenever you want.

The Letter Sound Chamber introduces new letters and their sounds or combinations of sounds. In this section, your child learns visual recognition and proper pronunciation. Children also learn where the letters are on the keyboard. However, children use the mouse to click on the virtual keyboard buttons that show up on the screen.

The Listening Cube incorporates the newly introduced letter sounds into words, where they appear at the beginning, middle and end of those words. The exercise teaches children how the same letter can sound different depending where it appears in a word. For instance, the last letter sound in "Bin" is "nnnn." Then you click on Nn. The software also reads some words with you. If your child is learning the word "rag," this learn to read software will sound out each letter, "rrrr-aaaaa-gggg, rag." This allows your child to see how letters come together to form each of the sounds in a word.

The Reading Room focuses on spelling and sounding out words that contain the newly introduced letter sounds and incorporates the words into sentences. It teaches sight words such as "a" and "the." It also gives your child more opportunities to find the letters on the keyboard on the screen. It has children spell out the sight words in this section of ClickN READ Phonics. It also teaches children about families of words. An example would be "an." It shows which words you can make from an, such as can, ran and more.

In the reading room, your child will also read sentences. It prompts children to read the sentences aloud along with ClickN Kid. This learn to read software first reads the sentences aloud. Then it prompts your child to read along slowly. Next, it encourages your child to read the sentences along with ClickN Kid at a faster speed.

Finally, to progress, your child must point and click on sounds and words that ClickN Kid says in the Speed Chamber. This allows children to practice the new letter sounds and words at higher speeds. They must respond with correct answers within a specific amount of time to pass this last level and move on to the next lesson.

After each lesson, you can see a progress report. You can print the report if you wish. On this report, you can see how your child did at selecting letter sounds on the screen, spelling letter sounds on the screen keyboard and identifying the last letter sounds in words. The report also tells you how your child did on word blends, identifying sight words, working with the lesson's word family and identifying words and sounds in less than one minute. If you want your child to retake a lesson, you can select that on the screen that shows the report.

The lessons use phonics to teach your children how to read. Each lesson teaches new letter sounds and words. The lessons are progressive so they can build off what they learn. This helps them remember what they learn also.

One of the only things this learn to read software lacks is additional materials. Some learn to read software comes with workbooks and flashcards. While these additions aren't necessary, printed workbooks and learning activities that kids can work on away from the computer would be a great addition to this application.

Ease of Use
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To access the application, log on with a username and password. (ClickN READ Phonics promises that it will keep your information secure on its server and that it won't sell that information to other companies). Click'N Kid, the animated space dog leads kids through each lesson, so they can use ClickN READ Phonics with little supervision. They can also skip or repeat exercises by clicking on the forward or backward arrow at the bottom of the screen, which allows them to move at their own pace.

Ease of Setup
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ClickN READ Phonics does not require you to install software. You can access the application on the ClickN KIDS website. However, to have full access to the application, there is a one-time fee. To sign up for ClickN READ Phonics, you can order on the ClickN KIDS website with a credit card. The company sends an order confirmation to your email account immediately so that your child can begin using the application right away.

You can access ClickN READ Phonics from any computer that has the internet. This application works on both Windows and Mac operating systems. If you're unsure about a computer's ability to support the software, the ClickN KIDS website has a link to test the computer's compatibility.

Help & Support
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The ClickN KIDS website has a list of FAQs. You can also contact the company by telephone or email. We emailed several questions and a representative answered within 24 hours.

ClickN KIDS offers a 60-day money-back guarantee. This is a longer guarantee than the other learn to read software products we reviewed offer. If for any reason you want a refund within those 60 days, you'll receive it – no matter how many lessons your child has completed.

ClickN' READ Phonics Summary:
10/10

ClickN READ Phonics is an entertaining application that effectively teaches kindergarten to third grade reading. You can access the interactive application through the ClickN KIDS website. You can also access it from any computer that has internet access. All you need is your username and password.

ClickN READ is an application for children. Its design is simple, and ClickN KID, the space dog, guides kids through the lessons. They'll learn the sounds of the letters. They'll also learn how those letters and sounds fit into words and how words fit into sentences. With this learn to read software, your children will go through 100 lessons at their own pace. ClickN READ Phonics provides easy-to-understand progress reports to help you see what children are doing well and what they need to practice more. This learn to read software will do what you expect it to – it'll teach your kids how to read.

 
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ClickN' READ Phonics

Pros
This learn to read software has excellent graphics and includes 100 kindergarten through third grade reading lessons.

Cons
ClickN READ Phonics doesn't come with additional reading and practice material; however, the application itself provides a variety of learning tools.

The Verdict
: 9.95/10

This fun application has animated characters who will help your kids learn letter sounds, words and sentences.