Editors' reviewThis program provides an entertaining way to teach children basic alphabet and counting skills. MyABCD makes its tutorial presentations fun by including brightly colored animations young children likely will appreciate. Once a youngster has the basics, she can test herself with a number of games, including connect-the-dots, puzzles, and mazes. MyABCD also provides basic musical education by letting kids play drums, strings, a xylophone, and brass instruments with the touch of a mouse. Although you can't play anything complex on the instruments, they serve as a way of showing which instruments make which sounds. MyABCD includes settings on some of the games and animations for controls such as volume and computer performance, and you will find master settings on the Help screen. We would have preferred an Options or Settings screen, which is more the standard for these types of controls. The trial is also a little shorter than the industry standard 30 days. Those issues aside, we can recommend MyABCD to parents of preschool-age children.
Your two- to six-year-old will learn the alphabet, numbers up to 20, the names and sounds of musical instruments, and simple mouse skills. Letters are displayed in both uppercase and lowercase, with amusing animations. The 18 exciting games and 10 musical instruments are played by mouseover. You can choose the level of difficulty for mouseovers, the phonics, and the volume for the background music.