Learning to read is one of those huge childhood milestones, but we don’t often stop to think about all the skills that need to be in place before a child can actually start reading with any fluency. A child needs to be able to:
- pay attention
- keep information in their short term memory
- keep track of the sounds in order
- organize information to make it make sense
- create a mental picture
- plan their use of various reading strategies
- derive meaning from what is being read
These pre-reading skills are learned naturally by many children, but some kids need a bit of extra help. And most children would acquire these skills faster with some specific practice. Go Go Kabongo, an award winning program, was created to address such cognitive development issues using the latest research in the field. Meant for 4-7 year olds, the game-like learning environment is bright and colorful and filled with zany characters.
Go Go Kabongo currently consists of three “habitats” containing three educational games each, and those games move up through six levels of difficulty.
Some of these games involve:
- sorting animals by size (Critter Sizer),
- collecting objects in a specific order (Scuba Dude),
- recreating a scene from a story (Going Buggy),
- photographing animals (Photo Safari),
- collecting p’s, q’s, b’s and d’s (Rocket Racer),
- placing robot pieces together by shape and size (Robo Bobo),
- reproducing a pattern (Design a Door),
- finding letter sounds in order (Desert Dash),
- collecting letters to form words (Crazy Maze),
You can read more about the specific skills these games address here.
The best part? You can get started for FREE. Laughter Lake (the first habitat) is free, and right now if you sign up you can also get Galaxy Gardens for Free. The final habitat, Twister Top, is available for $4.95.
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Special thanks to First Mate Debra from Footprints in the Butter for writing this post.
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Such a cute site.