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Learning is Childsplay

Jan 03, 2010, 16:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Diehl)

"After I finished my recent articles on Teaching with Tux and Learning with Gcompris, I received a couple of suggestions from readers that I take a look at Childsplay. I spent some time looking at Childsplay and if you have small children, I think you should too. As soon as I started the program, it started to play it's theme song and my 18 month old son came running, and he still comes running every time he hears that music. For most parents and educators, my review of this program could end right here, but I suspect that I should probably write a bit more.

"As you can see from Figure 1, Childsplay has 14 different children's activities. These activities are geared toward very young children. My 18 month old son didn't have the mouse or keyboard skills necessary to play the games directly, but he enjoyed sitting on my lap while I "worked" with the program for this review.

"As a reviewer, the first thing I find difficult about the program is that none of the activities seem to have names, just icons. So, for the sake of this review, I'll refer to each activity by it's row and column, as shown in Figure 1. And by the way, for you programmer-geeks like me, rows and columns begin with "1" not "0"."

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