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Computer Cool School

Computer Cool School

Fall 2008 Toys
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Price: $59.99
Review:
The Cool School Computer helps children gain essential skills for Kindergarten. The age appropriate keyboard and writing tablet connect to the computer via a USB cable, allowing the child’s work to be projected onto the monitor. The CD comes loaded with a variety of learning activities (reading, writing, math, art, music, and science) that are easily accessible by pushing one of the five function buttons on the keyboard. Each button has a picture indicating which activities it will activate (such as "Aa" on the reading button, a piano keyboard on the music button, and a magnifying glass on the science button). Young learners can take a field trip to different a farm, draw on a castle to explore different musical instruments and to write out letters that appear on the computer screen. Both graphics and sounds are clean and crisp; the friendly-sized stylus communicates well with the writing tablet. The CD also offers printable worksheets to practice tracing a letter and identifying words that start with that letter). Additional software can be purchased for more activities. And to make mom and dad extra comfy, a password prevents young fingers from wandering onto a hard drive or internet pathways.
Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2008 Parents' Choice

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