My Virtual Tutor: Reading is a dream come true for educators and parents alike. Anyone with a child in grades first through second will revel in this educational, fun, and user-friendly DS game. I have a seven-year-old daughter in second grade and when I saw this game available, I instantly jumped for it. I was not in the least bit disappointed. For some reason (I think it was due to my/Mom's urging) my daughter did not grab this game and go running for her DS. After a couple of nudges, I finally sat down with it myself to see what it was all about.
Within the game, there are categories"Books," "Phonics," and "Quiz". The "Books" category contains a number of different books to choose from. Once a title is chosen, you will be taken to a screen that will give you the option to have the tutor read the story to you, explore the story, you, yourself, read the story out loud to the DS microphone, and paint. In "read to me" mode, the virtual tutor will read the story aloud, highlight each word she is reading in an incredibly easy- to-follow-along way. In "Explore" mode, the tutor will read lines from the story and then ask questions about what she read. They are simple questions, but truly aid in reading comprehension and the ability to focus and concentrate on what is being read. The "I can read" mode is just that. The tutor reads a sentence, then the player reads it back while recording on the game. Then the player gets to hear themselves reading the sentence. This is a very cool option and one that my daughter loves! Within this mode there are also simple spelling questions such as three letters will appear "nda" and the tutor will ask the player to spell "and". The player then proceeds to do so. "Paint" mode is a fun little bonus that allows the player to be creative with art tools; drawing, stamping, etc while the tutor reads the story aloud.