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Reading Detective Beginning is arguably misnamed. From its title, one might think it would be an introductory learn-to-read program for beginners. A 'See Spot run' piece of work, to be used in conjunction with picture books. Far from it.
Reading Detective Beginning is an educational program that actually tackles the challenge of teaching reading comprehension. Covering topics like Reading for Evidence, Facts vs. Inferences, Defining Vocabulary using Context, Parts of a Story, Cause and Effect, and Prediction, Reading Detective Beginning explains concepts, provides examples, and then presents exercises to the student to practice what has been presented.
Reading Detective Beginning is a serious, classroom-caliber curriculum. It does an excellent job of explaining important reading concepts, and providing examples and challenges. The program content is perfectly appropriate for homeschooling use, as well as classrooms or computer labs.
The program will track multiple users, and has a variety of reporting options and administrative tools, that simplify use in a group setting.
Reading Detective Beginning is lightly cloaked in a game guise, wherein each of the exercises is called a 'case' for our budding detectives. And success in the exercises earns points and tokens that can be used to gain access to several simple arcade games in a section of the program. But the graphics are simplistic, and the games are lightweight, and ultimately not a strong driver for repeat usage. Completion of all 13 levels and 62 cases will probably require the direction of a teacher or other adult.
Reading Detective Beginning installed without difficulty on our test machines. The program has an optional introduction which can be skipped, and access to help on every screen. Program use and navigation was intuitive for our young testers.
Reading Detective Beginning is one of the best programs we have seen for teaching reading comprehension skills. But successful completion of the program of study it contains, will require adult authority for all but the most driven young students.
PC: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/Me/NT/98, 200 MHz or faster cpu, 98 MB 64 MB RAM, 800x600 or higher resolution display, CD-ROM, sound card .return to top of page
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