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My Reading Tutor

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Learning(i)

Strong educational content; decent entertainment value.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Learning to read is important -- and can be fun.

Positive role models

The game's virtual tutor is a supportive and friendly teacher-like woman who makes a likable and well-informed guide for kids playing the game.

Ease of play

Instructions for each game are explained very clearly, and as this game is meant for kids just learning to read, all directions are spoken aloud.

Violence & scariness
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Language
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Consumerism
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My Reading Tutor is a piece of educational software on the Nintendo DS, which uses read-along stories and games to help kids learn the basics of early reading, including letter sounds, sight words, and phonics. There is a special section for parents that allows you to keep track of your child's progress.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn the basics of early reading, including letter sounds, sight words, and phonics. Users find a mix of stories that they can read to themselves or aloud, as well as easy-to-use games. Most games ask kids to identify words in a variety of methods using simple controls. Since the game is intended for beginning readers, all instructions are spoken aloud. My Reading Tutor offers a moderately fun game with good audio supports for kids just learning to read.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christopher Healy

What's it about?

My Reading Tutor uses tested educational methods to teach basic reading skills to kids through read-along stories and word-based mini-games. A genial teacher character leads kids through the lessons/games, with all instructions spoken aloud. Stories can be read silently, read with the tutor speaking the text aloud, or read by the child, who can record his own voice reading the tale and then hear it played back. The games are varied and include ones where kids must tap words with the correct sounds, identify sight words, and so on. Parents can keep track of their child's progress in a special parents' section.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

My Reading Tutor offers some obviously very solid educational content. New readers should definitely get a boost in their skills from playing through the games and stories within. The stories themselves aren't much to speak of -- they're intended more as tools than genuine entertainment -- but they're cute. The games are well-designed, although some move at a slow pace that could frustrate more advanced readers. But for preschoolers and kindergartners who are just beginning to sound out words, the pace seems about right. And there's certainly a lot of variety, which can go a long way toward keeping kids entertained while they learn.

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Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Mentor Interactive
Release date:October 13, 2010
Genre:Educational
ESRB rating:E for no descriptors

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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written byAmyLieu April 6, 2012

Wonderful Pre-School DS game to help with reading.

I bought this for my son and he love it - it has different games where it reads the book to them, has them record their voice and read a sentence, and guessing games with prizes (my son's favorite part)
What other families should know
Educational value
Easy to play/use
Kid, 12 years old December 29, 2010

Perfect for 2+

Well I love it maybe one or two characters need to cleanup some of their roles that they play. It is good and educational for kids.
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Great messages
Great role models

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