Computers with Games! (Don’t tell . . they’re educational.)
We have three Early Literacy Stations in our children’s room. Originally made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Greenwich Free Library and the estate of William Skiff, we have been able to update two to the newest version thanks to Marie Grimes memorial donations and the continued generosity of the Friends.
The computers for children ages 1-10 feature 50 educational game applications. The games and programs are age-appropriate, engaging, academically relevant games for children. The stations have colorful keyboards and tiny mice to promote easy learning and discovery.
The game software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages.
A few of the educational software titles are: Millies Math House; JumpStart Toddler, PreSchool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, etc.; Stationary Studio; Math Doodles; Just Grandma & Me; Giggles Toddler ABC’s and 123’s; Giggles Toddler My Musical World; Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street.
The ELS’s have imaginative interfaces that encourage exploration. Many of the games contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games and extension activities.
The Advanced Workstations in Education Early Literacy Stations are used in over 35% of public libraries across the United States and Canada. In New York, 97 libraries own the stations. Elementary schools, Head Start centers, after school programs, and childcare facilities are adding ELS’s to their programs.
Caregivers are encouraged to stop at the library to try out a game with their child. Headphones are available for both child and caregiver. Color printing of your child’s creations is available.