Aug 092010

PhotobucketAs a part of preparing my oldest son for his entry into second grade, I have been searching for some great educational computer programs to help him get ready while still making learning fun. In my strive to do so, I came across ClickN Kids, and I am so happy that I decided to explore this program further.


ClickN Kids
ClickN Kids was created in 2003 by Armie Carabet and Alan Scalone, who teamed up with Dr. J Ron Nelson, a professor in special education, to create the Click N Read Phonics software that covers the phonics program in U.S. public schools up to third grade. In July 2009 the ClickN Spell program was released, it teaches more than 800 commonly known used words, and it includes PreK through 5th grade words.
The ClickN Read program has received the Top Ten Reviews Gold Medal, and it has been featured in the Practical Homeschooling magazine.

ClickN Read Phonics:

The Click N Read Phonics program teaches the phonics curriculum from kindergarten to 3rd grade, and when starting the program it will help you find out, which level your child should start at. It teaches phonics in a game-like way that keeps the children’s attention and makes learning fun.

It includes:
The Letter Sound Chamber: Learn phonics letter sounds (screen selection and keyboard spelling)
The Listening Cube: Learn Phonics word blending (teaches to decode individual sounds in a word and come up with the sound of the word.)
The Reading Room: Teaches sight words, spelling sight words, making sentences, word families, prefixes, word endings, suffixes, silent E rule, spelling silent E words, and story reading.
The Speed Center: Teaches the phonics already learned. (Letter sound review and word recognition review)

ClickN Spell:
The ClickN Spell program includes 800 of the most commonly used words in the English language. It starts out easy and as the child progresses the difficulty increases.
It includes:
The Spelling Station: Words are spelled for the child, and the child is asked to spell it as they see it.
The Practice Pod: The child will practice spelling the words they learned to spell at the spelling station.
The Testing Terrace: The child is tested in the words they learned to spell earlier.
My Experience:
For the past couple of weeks my seven-year-old son has been using the ClickN Read Phonics and ClickN Spell programs, and I am confident that he is now ready to return to school. I started out with sitting next to him, while he was doing the ClickN kids programs, but he quickly became familiar enough with the programs that he could sit and go through them on his own. Now he just calls me, once he finishes a lesson, and I will be able to see his progress in the Lesson Report, which is posted after each lesson. After the ClickN’ Spell lesson, I always receive a Lesson Report in my inbox, which makes it even easier to track his progress.
The ClickN Kids programs recommends that the children only take one lesson every day, and I think this is a great recommendation, as it helps keep the learning fun. After each lesson, the program will either recommend that my son moves up to the next level or that he repeats the session again tomorrow depending on his results.
I was very impressed with how easy the ClickN Kids programs were to set up. I could do everything over the computer, there was no need to download anything, and all I needed was the setup information from ClickN Kids. The only requirements to run the programs are a computer and an Internet connection.
Once you purchase the ClickN Kids program, it is yours for good. You can only have one child signed up per license, but you can purchase additional licenses for a small fee to add more kids to the account. Once your child is done with the program, you can transfer it to another child in the family, or you can transfer it to a family member or friend.
From the ClickN Kids website:
“Home Account Lifetime Subscription for a One Time Fee!
You may use the programs for as many years as you desire and run each lesson as many times as you like. When a child completes the programs you may delete the child and add another child to use the programs again.
When done with the programs you may transfer your account, at no additional charge, to anyone you wish.”

Final Thoughts:
The ClickN Kids programs are great ways to keep your child interested in learning, and it is especially great for kids who learn best through visual learning. My son is really benefiting from using the ClickN Spell and ClickN Read programs, and it is great to see a program that helps keep him interested in learning and practicing his phonics.
ClickN Kids have four samples lessons on their website that you can try for free. FREE SAMPLE LESSONS.

Buy It:
You can buy ClickN Read at ClickN Kids for $59.85
You can buy ClickN Spell at ClickN Kids for $49.95

The programs offer a 60-day money-back-guarantee, if you are not satisfied with the programs. 

Make sure to check out the ClickN Kids facebook page for a discount code.

Win It: 

ClickN Kids has generously offered to give away one ClickN Read/ClickN Spell account to one of Frugality Is Free’s readers.
How To Enter: Giveaway Closed – Winner Will Be Announced 9/10

This giveaway will end Thursday September 9th at 10 p.m. EST.  
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents. I will chose the winner via, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, gather name, or have your contact available on your blogger site. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. 
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ClickN Kids account for the purpose of this review and giveaway, but I was not otherwise compensated. The opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.


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