Formerly titled Reader Rabbit Kindergarten: Bounce Down in Balloon Town!, this year’s package includes last year’s software and a new bonus CD of video songs, printable activities, and games from other Reader Rabbit titles.
Kindergartners enjoy this software because they become part of an adorable story. Reader Rabbit and his friend, Sam the Lion, are shipwrecked in Balloon Town, a squishy, bouncy town with unusual inhabitants. Kids help Reader and Sam retrieve their special flying ship by playing games that explore the learning concepts covered in kindergarten. They arrange cocoons in patterns to release butterflies, catch balloons to learn phonics, and help the snailman to measure objects at the local post office.
Toe-tapping music, funny jokes, and bold graphics contribute to this software’s appeal. It also features smart feedback—a sort of tutor mode--when kids are struggling. This is a solid choice for families with kindergartners.
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