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This simple program focuses on teaching kids the principles of handwriting. It features the amiable Tucker the Tiger, who greets children with a story about how he differs from other tigers. Instead of stripes, Tucker is covered with spots. Although he was once embarrassed about this unusual trait, he eventually learned that it is part of what makes him special.
When the time came to learn to write his name, Tucker had difficulty with the letter "k". Then he noticed that the spots on his leg made a perfect dot-to-dot "k". From then on, he used his spots as dot-to-dot patterns for writing all his letters and numbers, and he can help kids learn to write in the same way!
The program includes six main sections. The ABCs section leads kids through the alphabet, teaching them to write upper and lower case letters. A special window opens as each letter is selected. Tucker introduces the letter, which is accompanied by an animal whose name starts with that letter. The child is presented with three options: 'Sing', 'Learn' or 'Print'. The 'Sing' option shows a group of children (the virtual cubs) singing the ABC Song. The 'Learn' option shows how to correctly form the letter, and the 'Print' option generates a worksheet that drills the user on printing the letter. The 1-2-3s section is identical, but with numbers 1 - 10. A Colors section introduces the primary and secondary colors, and a Shapes section introduces simple shapes including heart, diamond, rectangle, square, circle and triangle. Finally, a worksheet section lets parents, teachers or kids create customized worksheets with personalized compositions to practice printing, and a games section lets kids complete mazes and matrixes, watch video clips, or color pictures of Tucker.
PC: Windows 95/98 & NT 4, IBM or 100% compatible PC, 166 MHz Pentium or faster processor, 3 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, Monitor resolution of 640x480 or larger, display of thousands of colors or more, 6x or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit sound card.return to top of page
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