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Serenak

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Icon 5 posted February 28, 2005 16:37      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OK,

Danielle is just over 4 now and her counting is pretty good - up to ten without problems and now keen to get to 20...

Constantly pesters her mother and me about words and is burning up with the desire to learn letters and starting to read for herself... Can recite "ABCDEFG..." but tends to lose it after that (Hell, I couldn't do that before I was 9)

She has a Leap Pad (clever touch system based learning aid) and a V-Smile (like PS2 for under 5s) with all educational games) and we try to read to her as often as we can (never enough though).

She visits the CBeebies website probably every other day and likes to listen to stories and play a few simple games there.

Looking for some good preschooler freeware or even payware for Mac (Classic or X) that will help her on her way WRT Alphabet and simple reading skills (letter recognition and simple CAT, DOG, BALL, words)

Already found this
http://www.paxtoncat.com.au/index.php?page=download
and we are going to give it a go (15USD/20AUSD if we like it seems fair to me).

Anyway: just wondering if anyone on GC has any particular recommendations on free/cheap preeschooler software for Mac?

Already have some old stuff but "old" is the big word in there - also it is nearly all number based stuff (easier to code?) and it isn't nuber work we want to focus on

All advice gladly read (even if promptly diisregarded)

Cheers gang [Razz]

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted February 28, 2005 16:44      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ho hum...I know there's stuff for Linux [Wink]
http://edu.kde.org/

Some of that stuff might exist as X11/Fink packages? Sorry I can't be of better help - I confess it's not the kind of software I'm routinely looking for (and I just remember reading the KDE CVS Weekly Digest and seeing that stuff).

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Icon 1 posted February 28, 2005 17:03      Profile for jordanv     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Serenak:
just wondering if anyone on GC has any particular recommendations on free/cheap preeschooler software for Mac?

it isn't nuber work we want to focus on

Not having been a child in that age range in more than a decade I can't recommend anything I used since i was using windows (Reader Rabbit etc). I guess they count as "old" though.

Another option you might want to consider (or just ignore) is linux programs?

I've only spent a few mins searching, but i found a linux port of a program called Larry's Learning Letters and Numbers which won a ZDnet editor's pick award. This linux port got a rating of four penguins at linuxberg (which means what??).

Anyway, here is a screenshot:
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the program is available here at

http://lln.sourceforge.net/

note: this is relying on the fact that OS X can compile linux programs..don't know how well it does work..

oh wait a mac tucows search found this program for os classic : http://mac.tucows.com/preview/207575.html

i hope this has helped.

fake edit: linuxberg was tucows linux section

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A little off topic, but I made a few simple games to help my nephew (who was under 3 at the time) learn how to use a mouse. Maybe some of you with younger kids might like to try one out.

dinosaur game

This one has the family dog and his little brother. If anyone's interested in one like this with their own child in it, pm me and we can arrange for you to send some digital or scanned photos. carter's game

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Icon 1 posted February 28, 2005 18:57      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It isn't freeware, but lots of libraries subscribe to a service called Tumble Books. It has two grade levels picture books and chapter books.

The picture books can be read by a parent or use the animated version. They have puzzles and games to go with some books. They do a really nice job with the look and feel. The books are really nice too.

Do a google on "tumble books library". You'll get lots of hits. It is IP validated, so you should be able to use it at most library's sites.
Our library is planning on gettin a contract. When we do I can mail you our site.

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This is not quite what you are looking for, but my almost-four-year-old loves it:

Tux Paint

My daughter has made dozens of paintings and drawings with it and it is open source. I have never had a problem with it. She has like it more than "Blues Clues" and other stuff that I have bought for her.

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Made4Mac

Most of them are commercial products, but you may find a few shareware. (Hope it works, it's a search result link.) Yet, some of those are worth buying. Anyway, have fun! Umm, I mean, Danielle should have fun!

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Dman, I can't believe you didn't take this chance to mention the Debian Jr. project!
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Serenak

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Icon 1 posted March 01, 2005 15:45      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks all, for your input

Will check some of them out over the weekend maybe...

The paxtoncat stuff seems good and Danielle is going mad on it so far, if that keeps up for the 14 day trial I will shell out the $$$ ('cos 14 bucks is just sooo expensive...)

TuxPaint sounds good but we already have KidPix on Mac Classic which is a fun paint package for pre schoolers (squeaky pens, clunking stampers, gloopy paintbrushes, exploding undos etc.)

Anyway thanks all...

Cheers

[Big Grin]

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Also check out Berit's Best Also good is kids click
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