My Reading Tutor
By Christopher Healy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Strong educational content; decent entertainment value.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
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.
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Wonderful Pre-School DS game to help with reading.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about learning through video games. Ask kids if they're more or less likely to retain what they learn if that information is gained through playing a video game.
Does the fun factor of a game make you pay more attention to the educational content? Or does it distract you from the lessons at hand?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, work to achieve goals, Communication: listening
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Mentor Interactive
- Release date: October 13, 2010
- Genre: Educational
- ESRB rating: E for no descriptors
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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