Although this basic educational program promises to teach young children basic colors, shapes, musical notes, and computer use, it doesn't live up to expectations. Children Learning Essentials includes a colorful and animated interface that offers three narrow categories: colors, shapes, and music. Unfortunately, the color selection is limited to black, white, red, yellow, and blue. Likewise, shapes are limited to circles, triangles, and squares and the only musical notes are F, A, and C. There also is an annoyingly loud clapping sound that plays after each correct answer. The biggest flaw in this program is the limited appeal for older children, but the reading requirements make it impossible for preschoolers to use without adult assistance. Parents small children might be attracted to the free trial, but the lack of features makes this program pale in comparison to similar educational applications.
What's new in version 1
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedOctober 22, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional RequirementsWindows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
If you have a child aged 2-6, you can use this software to teach him/her basic music notation, basic colors, basic geometrical shapes and using a computer. When the correct answer is clicked the child will be rewarded by clapping, which will hook him/her to try harder.
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