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This program, part of the Blaster Learning Series, is designed specifically to drill those skills needed by kindergartners as they begin to learn to read. ‘Best friends’ Max Blaster and his alien buddy G.C. dive down to an underwater world, where undisclosed treasure is hiding. Finding the treasure is simple -- the user must earn stars by successfully completing reading activities. Once five stars have been collected, the race for treasure is on. To complete the hunt, kids navigate a simple maze, aided by underwater buddies.
In addition to the five reading activities, a treasure room is set up for each registered user. This room not only stores accumulated treasure, it also includes word flash cards, a kid-friendly word processor, B-mail which receives lighthearted messages from Blaster friends, stories that can be read aloud and printed, and a personalized star chart, mapping the user’s progress in the program.
Skills addressed by this program include letter recognition, capital and lowercase letters, alphabetical order, phonics, matching sounds to pictures and words, grouping words into categories, rhyming, simple spelling and simple sentence construction. Although many of the activities do require good hand-eye coordination and ‘fast-twitch muscle’ skills, kids are given unlimited time to complete the activities so that this aspect only rarely becomes frustrating for unskilled users.
PC: Windows 98/95, P90 or faster cpu, 16 MB RAM (32 MB recommended), Super VGA graphics, 4x or faster CD-ROM, Windows compatible sound card.return to top of page
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