Minimum System Requirements:
Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7
CD-ROM drive 16x
250 MB hard drive space
Color SVGA monitor that supports at least True Color (16 bit)
This is the complete SET of the ASL Tales and Games, with all three CDs!
Signing (video) and ⁄ or audio are options for accessing stories, instructions, and other information. A deaf actress signs each sentence dressed as Paws. Any word that is colored blue can be seen individually signed. Each story has three games, which reinforce early developmental skills in such areas as categorization, memory, spelling, literacy, visual processing, mathematics, and creativity. A picture dictionary of the sign ⁄ English vocabulary used in the stories can be viewed and printed.
Neighborhood children are deaf, hard of hearing, or multiply disabled, and represent different ethnic groups. Recommended for ages 3-8.
In CD-1, Woof Woof Way, the stories focus on the library, toy store, and pet store. In the library, we learn how the sign for “look” changes in ASL as Arnold encounters various characters reading in his quest for A Book with a Space Alien. What Pet Should I Get? is a cumulative story that follows the antics of Horatio, Paws’ owner, as he inadvertently releases animals from their cages in a pet store. Panda, Panda, Where Are You? requires readers to follow instructions to help Chiu-Chin hunt through the toy store for her lost panda. This story shows how ASL adjectives follow nouns and facial expression affects descriptions.
In CD-2, Biscuit Boulevard, stories focus on the theatre, restaurant, and department store. Through Whitney’s aspirations to become a great actress, On Stage!, we learn how adjectives are modified in ASL to show the intensity of emotions (e.g., happy, very happy). Many signs look similar to other ones. Watch how the waitress confuses what Chiu-Chin wants for dinner in Menu Mix-up. Jurry and Josh, the Pawstown twins, befuddle a department store salesman who thinks that the children are actually one child who keeps changing his mind and wantsDifferent Clothes. Notice that the signs in the story, like "shoes," are signed with the same hand shape on each hand – “twin signs.”
In CD-3, Leash Lane, stories focus on the school bus, police station, and post office. The Pawstown school bus travels around the community picking up the neighborhood children. Math, map-reading, and directionality skills are reinforced as the kids Hop on the Bus!Children are exposed to different kinds of questions that ask them to think about facial detail, an important part of ASL grammar, when Horatio goes to the police station to report,My Best Friend is Missing! Facial expressions that clarify adjectives and visualization ⁄ observational skills are reinforced. We have heard the refrain, Is It There Yet? Muffy learns patience as she finds out how our mail reaches its destination when she orders a t-shirt through the mail. This story focuses on learning the names of the week and sequencing of events, conceptually and in ASL.
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