Playful Primer offers a variety of highly engaging, early learning activities to stimulate expressive language and cognitive development in young learners. This program is easily adjusted to suit each child's individual learning style. Activities are designed so that children are entertained without being distracted and challenged without being frustrated.
Children are individuals and learn in their own way. Playful Primer provides the flexibility to individualize activities for diverse learners including children with special needs. A simple option screen provides parents with a few basic controls to adjust the game play according to the learning style of their child. Options include length of game play, number of items for auditory recall activities, and the length of time objects are visible for visual memory exercises.
Matching exercises are a simple and effective way to develop basic language comprehension and classification skills. Playful Primer includes three unique matching activities. These activities begin with basic 3-way matching; and graduate to the most difficult 8-way sorting.
Visual memory exercises help develop a child's ability to focus and retain information. Playful Primer includes three engaging visual memory activities. These activities graduate in difficulty by increasing the number of items to be remembered, and adding visual complexity to challenge the child's visual discrimination skills.
The ability to listen and remember words in a sequence is a necessary skill for interpreting language. Playful Primer includes two auditory recall exercises. These activities progress from simple two word phrases to longer sequences with added visual complexity that challenge the child's cross sensory processing skills.
Self-directed play stimulates a child's natural curiosity to learn, and explore independently. Free Play provides an environment of exploration and guaranteed success. This activity is specifically designed to provide consistent, positive reinforcement and reduce performance anxiety. There are no wrong answers. Play is open-ended and unstructured.
- Program can be played in either English or Spanish
- Voices are warm, clear and vary in tone.
- Eight object categories to choose from: letters, numbers, shapes, foods, clothes, household items, play things.
- Provides refocusing cues and fun motivational rewards
- Supplemental materials such as worksheets and program tips are available online.
Playful Primer and A Starting Place
Playful Primer was initially designed for the students of A Starting Place, a preschool program for children with special needs. Many of the unique features of this program are based on the advise and experience of the teaching staff at the school. Here are some fundamental ways that Playful Primer supports children with specific learning styles.
Playful Primer and Autism/Aspergers
Children with language disorders are highly visual learners with weak auditory processing skills. Playful Primer capitalizes on their visual ability by providing full screen graphics and strong visual cues with minimal language prompts. These activities are designed to stimulate expressive language in a non direct way to help reduce frustration and build self esteem.
Playful Primer and ADD/ADHD
Children with anxiety disorders are highly distractible and need frequent refocusing cues and positive reinforcements to help maintain their concentration. Playful Primer presents a variety of media rich, safe error activities that share the same image libraries. All activities are designed to be played in short sittings, and the simple menu screen prompts children to switch from activity to activity as often as they like.
Playful Primer and ESL
Bilingual learners are slower to develop language skills because they are challenged with learning two languages at once. These children need language reinforcement for both their native language and English as early as possible to prepare them for school. Playful Primer is specifically designed to promote language development and basic early learning skills in very young children. All children are encouraged to play these activities in either language English or Spanish at their own choosing. This program is a simple and enjoyable way to provide your children independent language enrichment at home.
Playful Primer and Downs Syndrome
Children with developmental delays have poor short term memories and learn best from simple rote exercises that present plenty of concrete examples. All Playful Primer activities share an extensive image library of everyday objects including clothes, foods, household items, playthings, letters, numbers, and shapes. These activities are carefully leveled to build visual memory, auditory recall, and language skills step by step.
Playful Primer Specifications:
- 1 GHz Pentium or above
- Windows XP
- 512 MB RAM
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