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This 2 CD set is judiciously split by grade level. Disc 1, set at the Louvre Museum in Paris, includes 1st grade math, while Disc 2, featuring art from the Musee d’Orsay, encompasses 2nd grade math. Madeline awaits in each museum gallery to invite kids to explore the masterpieces and complete 18 entertaining math exercises.
Successfully completed activities earn users coins that can be used to purchase postcards, stamps and pictures at the Museum store. The program also includes a printable progress report.
Program activities are entertaining, featuring learning levels diverse enough to challenge all. Clever, girl-oriented themes and recognizable characters successfully engage reluctant mathematicians. The enigmatic Mona Clavel rewards correct computations with a surreptitious wink, a fortuitously dimwitted Pepito offers occasional competition, a dance troop requests help with their steps, an innovative measuring system is used to measure Lord Cucuface for his new suit -- these are just a few of the fun and often silly activity themes.
Our testers found a few activities distressingly complex for the targeted age and skill level. In particular ‘Madeline Tut’, a pyramid adding activity, seemed unconquerable, even for older students. Fortunately, Madeline herself revealed that a click on Genevieve provided the help needed to correctly complete the activity. Likewise, puzzle completion required persistence and occasional adult aid. Although these obstacles initially discouraged users, they did not greatly detract from overall enjoyment of the program.
PC: Windows 95 and up, 486/66 MHz or faster cpu, 20 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256 color (640x480) display, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, SoundBlaster or compatible.return to top of page
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