Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sunburst's Vowels: Short and Long

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sunburst's Vowels: Short and Long

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Vowels: Short and Long aims to help students further their understanding of word structures and vowels. A series of multimedia activities focuses on distinguishing short and long vowel sounds. Other activities challenge students to use their knowledge of vowels and word patterns in composing their own rhymes and songs.

The software is aimed at kindergarten through second grade students. However, I teach kindergarten, and I found that this product was above the level of most of my incoming students. I think that it could fit into the first or second grade curriculum easily, and could even be implemented in a kindergarten class in the latter part of the year, once students have a foundation in vowel sounds.

The program is very easy to learn: it can be mastered just by playing with it. Its instructions are easy to follow. There are short movies for the children to watch as they move from one activity to another. The menu is easy for children to interpret, and the kids just have to click on an icon to move to another activity. The sound is great. The music and the pictures are really good, as well.

One thing that disappoints me about this program is that it is very similar to the program Letter Sounds by Sunburst. If I had to pay for this program and already owned Letter Sounds, I would be upset, since their activities are so similar. …

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