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This program is structured much like the otherJump Start series titles. Initially, Hopsalot Bunny welcomes kids into his interactive clubhouse, which doubles as the Main Menu for the program. From here, kids can journey with a click to any of the programís ten different activities. Each of these activities is designed to teach the child a set of vocabulary words and phrases, including: numbers, colors, body parts, household items, clothing, vehicles, days and months, and much more. An additional section introduces kids to traditional Spanish folk songs.
Two levels of play add versatility to the program. Level 1 is an instructional/explore mode. It is in this mode that children are exposed to new vocabulary in a totally non-threatening manner. Each activity features a theme, and includes a variety of related vocabulary words. When the child clicks on an item, its name is spoken, first in the language being learned, and then (if instant translation is selected) in the instructional language. Optional word tags also appear.
The second level plays like a game. The child must identify vocabulary items as they are spoken. After a second faulty attempt, the specific object highlights, ensuring that the child will eventually succeed. Gold stars are collected as rewards (accompanied by cute animations), and five gold stars earns the student a new fish or accessory for his or her personal aquarium.
A Progress Report tracks which vocabulary words have been presented to the child in each section.
Once installed, the user chooses whether s/he will be using the program to learn Spanish or English (for ESL students). Instruction can be provided in English, Spanish, German or French.
PC: Windows 3.1, 3.11, Windows 95, 486DX 66 PC or higher, 5 MB available on hard drive, 8MB RAM, SVGA 256-color graphics adapter, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, MPC-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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