Preparing for kindergarten COMPUTER TIME

October 28, 1998|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

"Ready for School": Kindergarten, about $20, Fisher-Price, 800-545-7677.

This is the newest title in the Fisher-Price line of "Ready for School" software. The program is designed to prepare children ages 4 to 6 for their first school experience by providing them with 20 different activities in the areas of early learning and social awareness. Whimsical animation and catchy tunes are interspersed with skills, such as telling time, recognizing letters, identifying shapes and colors and safety and manners.

Unique features of the program:

* A Skills Matrix allows parents to choose from two levels of difficulty and 30 skill areas and outlines those areas the child has explored.

* Games that teach social skills, health, safety and manners.

* The Music Player has 10 original tunes with educational themes.

* Children are rewarded by collecting school supplies as they accurately complete activities.

* A calendar can be personalized for each month and printed out to help learn organizational skills.

A word of advice:

It is easy to click on the icons to quickly navigate through activities areas, such as the Clock Shop, Post Office, Ice Cream Shop and Schoolhouse. For many of the games, however, young children will probably need assistance clicking on the objects and moving them to the proper spot. As with most computer programs, parents should accompany their children through the initial learning steps.

Pub Date: 10/28/98

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