What can you say about a program that simply repeats a letter that a small child
types? This will be a short section!
When a child types a letter or number or punctuation mark, AlphaTalk simply puts
the character on the screen and says its name. This would be very boring
for an older child, of course, and children definitely outgrow this program.
But kids from four months to about a year and a half really like AlphaTalk.
It is simple enough for them to understand, and it really does teach them their
alphabet and numbers. Any kid who doesn't yet know their alphabet should
be given an opportunity to use AlphaTalk. If they don't like it, you can
be sure they aren't learning from it, and it's time to go on to another program.
The characters in AlphaTalk can appear in several colors and in small, large, or
very large type. A child can resize the window(you might want to maximize
it at first) or move it around. He can use the caps lock key or the shift
key the way you would expect. The menus at the top are self-explanatory,
and are meant for exploration by the child.
Children at this age may very well have difficulty with a mouse. Eddy
didn't master the mouse until he was about eighteen months old. Of course
we didn't get a mouse until about that time…..
If the child is too young to change programs with the mouse, you are probably
sitting in front of the computer with kid-in-lap anyway. Watch him, and
when he starts getting bored with the program, either switch programs for him or
turn off the computer. Don't let him sit in front of a screen that he's
not interested in for any length of time. Keep the learning fresh.