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This 2 CD set includes Arthurís Treehouse Adventure along with a second, Activity Center disc. Disc 1 opens as Arthur and his gang survey the damage caused to their treehouse by a recent storm. Many items need to be rebuilt and replaced. In exchange for their help, local adults have offered to provide the kids with the materials they need to complete their task. Userís join Arthur and his friends in a variety of learning activities that allow them to gather parts to repair the treehouse. Ultimately, thanks to hard work, a bit of luck and good citizenship the kids are successful in their attempts to rebuild their beloved treehouse.
The Activity Center disc includes a number of creativity projects to do both at and away-from the computer. Included are a Music Maker where kids link together a variety of sounds to create an original tune, a Print Activities section filled with interesting and varied workbook-like activities, and a Card Creator to make personalized cards featuring favorite Arthur characters.
Our teacher testers noted with disappointment that although some exercises present the opportunity for teaching kindergartners important facts, the program fails deliver. For example, a library sorting activity requires kids to categorize story content as either fact or fiction. Given a book about an insect with eight legs, the user is expected to answer Ďfictioní. At this point the answer could be clarified with a simple statement like: ďAlthough spiders are often thought of as insects, they actually belong to the arachnid family.Ē In this way, the program would not only be drilling, but increasing the childís knowledge at the same time.
The Activity Center received more positive comments from our testers. Kids enjoyed the printable activities and noted that the Card Creator was remarkably easy to use.
PC: Windows 98/95 or NT, 486/66 MHz processor or faster, 20 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256 color display, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, Sound Blaster or compatible sound card.return to top of page
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