Inspired Logic, LLC has released C.D. Caterpillar Version 11.0, a Macintosh only program designed to help beginning readers strengthen their reading skills quickly, in a fun and non-threatening way. The software is based on the theory of Cognitive Experiential Learning, which means, simply, learning by doing. Toward that end, every aspect of C.D. Caterpillar is designed to focus the student on actual reading.
The stories featured in Version 11.0 include the entire text of At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald. Also included in Version 11.0 are The Yellow Dwarf, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Bronze Ring and other short stories.
Any level of reader can get started with C.D. Caterpillar. The controls are simple, and everything is explained verbally; no initial reading ability is assumed. Immediate, direct assistance is always available just by clicking on the problem word. When the word is clicked, it is pronounced for the reader. C.D. Caterpillar keeps track of the problem words, reinforcing them later in highly focused games.
C.D. Caterpillar is available for US$16 for home use. You can find more information at the Inspired Logic Web site.