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This simple program introduces young children to the computer and the world of discovery it can provide. Its basic user interface offers activities ranging from unique art palettes, to number and letter identification and creation, and elementary memory games. Unlike many preschool programs, MyWork does not include sophisticated animation or graphics, and is therefore a nice option for young children who may become overstimulated by programs with too much going on at once.
Among the activities presented in MyWork are many that begin with what resembles a blank chalkboard. These activities include option filled toolbars with which kids can experiment with color, shape and design. One such activity is reminiscent of the classic "Etch-a-Sketch", while another is more like a "Spirograph". While the former activity allows kids to control the movement of the emerging design, in the latter they simply choose the design and the colors with which it will take shape. Watching the design unfold on the screen, however, is far from boring, and the design options are many.
Other unusual extras found in this program include a letter recognition activity which teaches the hand sign for each letter of the alphabet, and an activity that allows children to explore their emotions, while it also reinforces their growing understanding of pronouns.
Our special education consultant noted that this program works well with older students who need to work on basic skills. Older students can also learn about primary and secondary colors and mathematical patterns as they play with the design activities.
PC: Windows 95/98, 20 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, Sound Card. QuickTime 4.0 (included).return to top of page
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