When it comes to video games, we’ve always been of the notion that “less is more” and we try to limit the amount of time our son spends playing then. At almost six his interests are changing from cute fluffy character based games to racing, role playing and often more violent games. One of the things we like about the Nintendo DS are the great variety of games that challenge the mind, and even teach.
My Virtual Tutor is a series of 3 reading games for the Nintendo DS that teaches kids how to read but in a fun, affordable and portable way.
The video below give you some great information about the game:
Mentor InterActive has released My Virtual Tutor – Reading, an interactive game that improves children’s reading and comprehension skills. The product, which will be exclusively available for Nintendo DS™, offers a new use for the popular system that makes learning to read fun, affordable, and portable. My Virtual Tutor – Reading gives moms and dads effective solution to aid children in learning to read on a system they already love.
Derived from a teaching system and proprietary software developed by faculty from the University of Colorado’s Center for Spoken Language Research, My Virtual Tutor – Reading lets children practice reading skills on Nintendo DS through interactive books, fun reading and word exercises and quizzes that allow the child to earn a prize. The child holds the DS vertically like a book and is guided through the different game modes by an animated tutor that reads, repeats and provides encouraging words.
My Virtual Tutor – Reading concentrates on five reading areas including Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Comprehension, Fluency, and Vocabulary–all recommended by the Department of Education to improve reading proficiency. My Virtual Tutor – Reading will be available in different packages (Pre-K to kindergarten, kindergarten to first grade, and first grade to second grade), each based on age appropriate curriculum and books.
After watching the video, I personally think that My Virtual Tutor is something that anyone buying gifts for kids who own a Nintendo DS should consider. The three games each cover a specific reading level ranging from pre-k through second grade and the idea that kids can LEARN while playing on their favorite game console is every parents dream.
You can purchase all three of the My Virtual Tutor – Reading games at Amazon.com.