Reader Rabbit Preschool: Sparkle Star Rescue
Counting to target numbers, identifying number values, recognizing letters, building vocabulary, associating letters with sounds, sorting by attribute, recognizing colors, comparing shapes, painting and coloring, listening comprehension, creating dance sequences, learning about calendars, creating music.
System requirements: Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Macintosh OS 8.6-9.2, OS X. These fun CD-ROMs feature the same lovable Reader Rabbit as the other editions we carry (though both he and Sam the Lion look younger in these versions), and the play is very similar; see description for Reader Rabbit Personalized Cross-Curricular CD-ROMs. The games are still colorful and fun with auto-adjusting skill levels and progress tracking reports. Unlike the personalized versions, you're not able to customize workbooks or rewards to print off, but there are still a few printable activities on each CD-ROM. Another difference is that these versions have more "mini-games" instead of one long storyline game that builds upon itself. There are still story lines to follow, like helping Reader Rabbit and Sam figure out why the weather has been acting up or escape from Balloon Town, but the storyline isn't as notable as those in other editions. There are fewer special features for teachers, which may lead you to think these editions are less educational, but the games are just as high-quality and educational as you've come to expect from Reader Rabbit software. Students will construct sentences, tell time, and identify shapes to complete a pirate maze, solve word puzzles to get to the top of a building, count and load the correct number of people into a rocket, use colorful singing marbles to complete patterns to unlock a door, and much more. See individual titles for skills list.