Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lessons of Sesame Street Letters, numbers and TV

"Kids are adaptable" Yes, they are!!! Let's believe in their ability.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Interview of a trilingual kid's mom

Preschooler children’s Parents Survey
-Maya is 9 and a half now
- She liked dora before, not anymore
- Slavic, Greek, English
- English became the primary now
- She wasn’t forced to learn. It was a natural way of learning. It contrasts with K-American friends who were taught in English more. Jilly taught writing and reading but didn’t sent Maya to school or anything.
- She understood languages before the way that she reacts but start to really speak when she was three
- She wasn’t confused among those three
- Learning language earlier is better because when you grow up you are conscious about many other things e.g. how people would think of your pronunciation, etc
-Look at what’s popular out there. Clubbing and
- When she travels to Greek, she gets back to the mode pretty quickly
- Suggestion for my project: may be more interaction, give time to respond more, less on reading ability(chat, word recognition system), listening and speaking is more important

Specific Teaching goals

• Helps teach vocabulary and other oral language concepts
• Summary page at the end to recap and instruct
• Helps kids get ready to read
• Helps develop phonemic, print, and numeric awareness
• Large bright colorful pictures to keep kids engaged
• Rounded corners for children s safety
• Laminated to protect from spills
• Great size for little hands
• Simple but engaging text
• Useful for beginning Spanish at any level
• Useful for beginning English at any level

Monday, November 16, 2009

Documenting - Psychologist

Mock-up grocery shopping game

This is a grocery shopping game I might want to create as an actual game. Before that I tried it on the paper. Each aisle has different stuff so it will help kids to learn many useful, everyday vocabulary words.

This is the basic setting - commanding phrase, cart, monster's hands

You will see "I want something" in three different languages.

Use monster's hands to wander around and get the right object. If you got it wrong, then try it again.

This time you are supposed pick banana and put it into the cart.

Bilingual games

There are bilingual games with famous characters like Dora( Sales Rank: #774 in Toys & Games), Diego and Sesame Street in the market. And there's scholastic game bilingual game series. I will need to see how effective it is.

Apple store in SOHO

I went to the Apple store to check out the kid's game section. There were games like Dora sketch, Lego Batman adventure, Barney sing along with me, etc. Barney was popular for both girls and boys whereas Lego Batman was for boys and Dora was for girls, mainly. This observation helps my character design because my game will target both girls and boys.

Children's museum

Many games at the museum uses matching sound and visual as a learning guide.

Dora the Explorer- game

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chicco Bilingual Teddy Count With Me Plush

Chicco Bilingual Teddy Count With Me Plush

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Little Pim

I watched Chinese-English Bilingual DVD.
What I observed:

- Teaching via eating and drinking
- Repeating vocabulary and phrase
- 3 min per episode
- Panda character is cute
- Flash animation + reality
- Many more selections of DVD: Hebrew, Spanish, French, German, Italian...

I learned "Shwei" is water. It's hardly forgetful because it's us repeated many times.