All five of my kids are enjoying Fun-Time Phonics!™ Software – 2-PCs Win Download which is part of the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!™ software bundle from The Critical Thinking Co.™. We had the pleasure of reviewing Fun-Time Phonics!.
Fun-Time Phonics!™ is a fun mastery based reading program for Grades: Prek-2. The program is based on data from the National Reading Commission and you will find the program to be a comprehensive reading program. Two robots keep children engaged during 126 lessons. Students will learn through listening, thinking, speaking, and reading activities. The lessons are not flashy and they are short which is perfect for the younger crowd!
Fun-Time Phonics is a downloadable program available for Windows systems only. The System Requirements:
- Platform: Windows® 10/8/7
- CPU: 1 GHz or faster
- RAM: 512MB
- Disk Space: 500 MB
Fun-Time Phonics is composed of four sections:
- Section 1: Teaches children that words are made up with sounds. Activities include beginning sounds, ending sounds, vowel sounds, and words that rhyme.
- Section2: Teaches children each short vowel sound and the letter that makes that sound.
- Section 3: This section teaches consonant-vowel coarticulation, so children learn that each consonant uses short vowels to make different sounds that are used to form words that are read.
- Section 4: Teaches children to combine their new knowledge of consonant-vowel coarticulation and ending sounds to read their first words.
When Fun-Time Phonics loads, the last student who used the program is up on the screen. If you wish to switch users you must click on Admin/Score in the lower left hand corner. Then you have 15 seconds to type in the first three letters of the word teacher to gain access to the admin section. If ‘tea’ is not typed correctly within 15 seconds, the screen returns to the screen that you were on. The admin screen can be accessed while the student is playing Fun-Time Phonics. One thing I have noticed when accessing the admin page while the student is in the middle of playing is that the student is penalized for not answering their question correctly/quick enough. I don’t like that the student is penalized for not answering the question because the teacher is going into the teacher/admin interface.
The Admin page is simply laid out. The menu (About, Other Products, License Agreement, Clear Data, Success Percentage, Manage Users, Print, and Exit) is across the top of the screen. On the main part of the screen is the lesson information for the student that is currently logged in. This includes what is covered on every lesson, the percentage that the student received, and if you feel a student needs to repeat a lesson, you can select the lesson and click on the Replay Play Lesson button (Note: Your score will reset and the lesson will show ‘incomplete’ instead of the percentage. You can also skip around in the lessons. To change students click on ‘Manage Users’ and select the student that you want and click the green continue arrow. You can print a very simple data record page for each of your students. The information included is the lesson number, score, and percentage. If you need to clear the data for a particular student, you click on ‘Clear Data’. From there you will be prompted to go ahead and clear all of the data for that student and be reminded that it cannot be undone. As the admin, you can also change the percentage required for moving on to the next lesson. The options are 65%, 75%, 85%, and 95%.
Fun-Time Phonics!™ Software – 2-PCs Win Download is a big hit with all of the kids. The older kids have been playing Fun-Time Phonics 2 to 3 times a week and sometimes have asked to play it more. The first time Little Man (4) saw one of his older sisters playing Fun-Time Phonics he wanted to play it too! He needs some assistance playing but he sits on my lap with the biggest grin. Munchkin (just turned 3) likes to do everything that her older sisters and brother do and wanted to try it herself and I set up an account for her as well.
The first photo is Sweet Pea reviewing sounds. In the second photo below, you can see Munchkin trying to “help” Sweet Pea out while Little Man is watching the screen while she is reviewing sounds. In the third photo Lil’ Bit is working on rhyming.
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For this review, members of the Homeschool Review Crew reviewed various software downloads and paperback books.
Alphabet Song Game™ Software – 2-PCs Win Download (Grades: Toddler-1 | New Version 2.0)
Letter Sounds Song and Game™ Software – 2-PCs Win Download (Grades: Prek-1)
Vowel Sounds Song and Game™ Software – 2-PCs Win Download (Grades: Prek-2)
Fun-Time Phonics!™ Software – 2-PCs Win Download (Grades: Prek-2)
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