Guide to the web-site and Bears CD-ROM
|The contents of this page will answer some questions and explain what
the site and CD-ROM is all about and ideas on how to use them with your children.
The main purpose of this site, is to provide support for the BEARS CD-ROM. It contains information and resources that tie in with the CD. These can be used in the classroom or home. While the ideas and the games can still be used without having the CD-ROM, it works much better when used as a complete package. There are three parts to this web-site which all have a unique purpose:
Why not just use one medium instead of having a web-site and CD-ROM?
Some ideas for using the web-site
The "Did you Know?" section is useful for helping parents discuss some of the things on the CD-ROM and provide links to other related sites. The section on String, percussion and wind instruments has been popular and if, when painting, you have never been able to mix a nice purple, the page on Primary colours may be enlightening. Some of these will be of interest to older children as well.
Children can print out the 12 months of the year to colour in and make their own calendar. The Ted and Floppy stickers (or their own photos) can be used to stick on special days, such as holidays and birthdays. The colouring calendar has been a popular activity.
Children can make a wall frieze from the alphabet pictures, or use the scenes and character pictures to make a collage, their own story books or templates for art activities. The pictures of aircraft could be printed out and stuck on card to make a mobile.
How is the Bears CD-ROM Educational
The main focus is on music appreciation and instruments. (While we are sceptical about some research claiming music, especially classical, will make children more intelligent, we do believe that playing and listening to good quality music can play an important role in early development). There are also some activities which encourage reading and counting.
Some suggested activities for different ages?
1-2years Children of this age usually are unable to control the mouse and will need you to drive it for them. But there is a lot in Bears they will enjoy: Sit them on your knee and theyll love the music, watching the little bears play their instruments. Sing the nursery rhymes as they are played by the bear orchestra. And dance with them to the Bears Blues Band.
Encourage them to play with the bears E.g. In the story ask your child to help the bear blow out the candles, you can join in too.
On page 3 of the story, make the sounds of the animals as they pop out of the draw. Moo with the cow and roar with the tiger. Join with the bed-knob who also tries to mimic animal sounds (change the picture on the wall to change the animal).
If your child is in a high chair, you can set the story to read by itself. This will give you 5 minutes of hands free time to get something done.
3-5years At this age children will be wanting to use the mouse, and if new to computers will pick up the necessary skills quite quickly. Playing tag with Oscar, in the story and trying to pop the balloons and bubbles, are good games to develop mouse skills. They will be wanting to explore and discover things on their own. You will still need to be there so they can show you what they have discovered.
Bears provides lots of opportunities to create interesting discussions. "Why wont the bear let me do anything if Ive left the element on the stove on?" "Why do I have to close the fridge door?" The "Did you know?" section of the web site may help you answer some of the questions you will be asked, and there are links to help you go searching with your child for more information and photos, e.g. of autogiros and aircraft. Try counting the bears that jump up from behind the bed after they've popped the balloons. Discuss the differences outside in the different seasons.
4-6years At this age children may become interested in words, and enjoy playing the word matching and playing their own tunes in the music game. Theyll also get a lot out of the lesson plans and resources from the web site.
7years and over At this age the CD-ROM will probably be too easy to keep their attention for long. But theyll still like the music, and there is a lot of humour that will appeal to this age group. If they have younger siblings, they will enjoy playing it with them. They will be starting to develop their own computer presentations at school, and Bears is useful software to demonstrate how multimedia can be used. Like learning poetry or making movies, the best way to learn is by looking at good examples of what other people have done.
|CD-ROM||FAQ||Did you know?||System
|Awards & Raves||Where to
Ted & Floppy