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We are looking for some ideas for computer games for our kids
(4 1/2 and almost 3 years old). Our kids don't watch any TV and
haven't seen any videos or movies for the most part.
Also where is the best place to buy them?
There are three great computer games which my son started
playing when he was three. We did it with him initially, but
now he likes to play by himself. It really is nice and trains
his ear. There are sample games at their website. Alice in
Vivaldi's Four Seasons; Mozart's Magic Flute, and the
Nutcracker. I think you have to buy them on the web site.
Our school told us that our daughter will be using computer for
her 3rd grade work assignments. So far, our family has been
focusing on books and social interactions and avoiding
computer. I guess it's time to introduce computer to our
daughter (she is now 7). Our daughter will be writing papers,
making graphs and charts and using Internet access in 3rd
Do you have recommendations for the following:
1. Type of computers that are appropriate and easy for school
children to use (with children softwares and Internet access and
2. Softwares that help children with writing stories and making
3. Softwares that help children learn how to use keyboard and
access the Internet? Very important, since I have no idea how I
will help her to learn to use the computer.
Thank you very much.
I recommend checking out software from the library before you buy it. That way you
will know for sure if it captures your daughter's interest.
Learn-to-Read Software for 3 and 4-year-olds
Can parents out there recommend any good "learning to read" CD-Roms for 4-5-year-olds? Thanks!
we've got a few mercer mayer stories (just grandma and me, just me and my
dad), one by broderbund and one by kidz corner. broderbund has also made
others--the tortoise and the hare, i think--but although i bought them a few
years ago as a teacher i can't find them for sale now. i like them becasue
they don't have a lot of fast-action stuff and they're decent stories. the
words are highlighted as the voice reads, andthe child can be 'read to' or
click to turn each page, as well as clikc on individual words and objects.
the reader rabbit 'school prep' type stuff (which we also have) is not as
fun, and is somehow smarmy (although my daughter enjoys them all)...
The one my daughter enjoyed the best was Arthur's reading race ( works on both Mac and PC)
Can anyone recommend a nice piece of software for
pre-readers and children learning to read?
My three year old son is very smart but not very
verbal. His receptive language is great and he
*loves* to be read to. We think he might get
alot out of a program that says the name of a
word and shows its spelling when you click on
it or something like that.
I would be most thankful for any recommendations
or even pointers on good places to look for such
Please, please do not get any computer program that intends to get children to read,
specially those marketed to three year olds! If your son loves to be read to, that's
exactly what you should be doing. I recommend a wonderful book called Raising
Lifelong Learners, by teacher educator and parent Lucy Calkins. She will talk about
what is age appropriate and how to respond to your child's natural curiosity about
Three year olds should be playing with other children, using water and sand, building
with blocks and talking and listening. Having complex conversations and reading a
lot to your child is the best you could do for him right now
re reading software: We were very pleased and entertained by Reader Rabbit.
There are also a bunch of free downloadable educational software programs on
the net. I forget the site, but we searched under "software, educational"
with success. I think one prolific software author is "Proteus" or something
like that. He has programs for all sorts of things, including music. Sorry I
don't remember more specifically.
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 0
Subject: Re: other CD-ROM thoughts
Parents looking for educational software,
I have been most pleased with "The Learning Smith" store located in the
Stone Ridge Shopping center. (South West of the intersection of 580 and 680
near Dublin) They have multiple stations for running demonstrations of
the educational and gaming titles which they carry. They have a good selection
of both Dos/Windows and Mac software. It's getting quite busy with the
approaching holidays, but still a great place to look.
I like many of the programs from "The Learning Company" and "Davidson Software".
"Treasure Mountain" "Treasure mathstorm"
For a six year old boy the series from Sierra called "The Incredible machine"
is nice for puzzle solving. For raw entertainment check out shareware title
like "Crystal Caves", "Secret Agent", "Commander Keen."
EECS grad student and
Dad of Heather, Gretchen and Rick
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