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JumpStart Spanish

JumpStart Spanish

1998 Software
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Price: $19.95
Review:
If exposing your little ones to beginning Spanish is the point, this is a good starting point. Using JumpStart-type animations and activities to deliver the goods, this preschool software introduces the most basic of Spanish words and phrases, as well as a little of Spanish culture and music. From Mr. Hopsalot’s tree-top clubhouse, kids click on various objects to visit activities that instruct by written word and pronunciation. Go into the doll house kitchen, for instance, and it enlarges into a fully equipped kitchen where clicking on any item pronounces its name in Spanish and displays the word. Besides the various rooms of the house, other options include exploring the neighborhood, colors, numbers and counting, clothing, and music. All are instantly translated, though parents need to encourage children to repeat the words they hear and re-click until they get them right. Phrase work includes the basics, such as “What is your name?” and “How are you today?” Once through the explore mode, kids can switch to the game mode where they’re tested in fun fashion on what they’re learning. Another plus is that this program can be used to introduce English as a second language: Choose to learn English or Spanish from the outset and choose the instruction in English, Spanish, German or French!
Don Oldenburg   ©1998 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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Knowledge Adventure
800-545-7677
http://www.knowledgeadventure.com
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00001XDVZ/parentschoice-20

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