Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lapware: Serious Games For Toddlers - Update

Serious Gaming with your child on your lap

Via: Central Park Beta Trial - A New Online Learning Environment For The Youngest Learners

Following my previous post Lapware: Serious Games For Toddlers, the Waterford Research Institute has now made available new activities for caregivers who signed up to beta test Central Park.

Follow this link and log in with your user name and password: Central Park Login Page and access these new activities in the Index section:

• Rock-a-bye, Baby Nursery Rhyme Book
o Click on the Map button / Index / Books / Nursery Rhymes
• Jack and Jill Nursery Rhyme Book
o Click on the Map button / Index / Books / Nursery Rhymes

• Art Day: Mama’s Melody Cartoon
o Click on the Map button / Index / Cartoons

A Recap

Central Park focuses on reading, math, science, and character education skills, with both online and offline components

Central Park is Waterford Research Institute’s latest web-delivered product.
Designed to begin with two-year-olds, a crucial age in a child’s development, Central Park builds a foundation of skills to enable your child to become a successful lifelong learner.

Central Park is a safe, engaging, and creative learning environment where your child can learn reading, math, and science concepts, as well as character education skills, such as sharing, manners, and kindness. The first few levels of the product help prepare your child for school, while the later levels supplement your child’s traditional schoolwork.

Each level of the product contains a full-year’s curriculum, based on educational standards and research. Songs, books, games, cartoons, activities, and videos make up each of the levels, enabling your child to learn key concepts and skills via this rich mix of media. Home activities—the non-computer educational activities—reinforce the skills your child has learned on the computer while encouraging creative, physical play away from the computer.

Squirrel, his family, and his friends are your child’s guides through Central Park. They motivate your child to talk and sing aloud, point to the screen, and focus on the concepts being taught.