Magazine article Multimedia Schools

I Spy Junior

Magazine article Multimedia Schools

I Spy Junior

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Company: Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; 800/724-4718; http://www.scholastic.com/.

Price: $30--single user, Mac/Win

Audience: ages 3-5

Format: CD-ROM: animation, sound, text, and graphics

System Requirements: Windows: 486 DX 66 MHz, Windows 95/98,16 MB RAM, 10 MB hard disk space, 640x480 display with 256 colors, 4x CD-ROM, Windows-compatible sound card, printer (optional), and microphone (optional for I Spy Spooky Mansion).

Description: I Spy Junior and a related product, I Spy Spooky Mansion (for ages 6 - 10), present picture riddles similar to those found in the photo-realist I Spy books by Jean Marzollo. The programs allow students to practice language arts, thinking skills, problem solving, creativity, early reading, and math skills as they have fun searching for objects that match a series of picture puzzles.

Reviewer Comments:

Students sign in to enter the programs and have the opportunity to see their names used in the course of the games. All of the text is spoken aloud. It is not necessary to solve all of the riddles at one time. If children do not know how to move a mouse, these CDs are excellent for practicing mouse skills.

I used the I Spy Junior program with a bilingual pre-K class. I had the students practice spatial directions by telling me which way to move the mouse as we searched for the various items. They had a great time repeating the vocabulary and identifying objects. The students also enjoyed naming the objects when sorting items into various hoops or changing the patterns. …

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