Early years themes interactive CD 1 and CD 2 were created specifically as a resource to support learning in the early childhood years and the new Early years themes series. The two CDs consist of a variety of motivating interactive activities covering early mathematical and literacy concepts, manipulative skills, visual discrimination, labelling, matching, ordering and shared reading.
The CDs provide the children with practice in carrying out skills relating to whiteboard and computer activities. All of the activities have audio and simple to read instructions which can be read to the students before commencing each activity (or read independently by capable young readers themselves). The audio allows the children to hear the words as they read along with the text.
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Support material for the Early Years Themes include posters, stickers and interactive CDROMs (which work on both Mac and Windows machines). Disk 1 supports the three titles reviewed. I am told that there are sometimes issues when used with Windows 8 or above but the disk worked fine on my Windows 7 system. The interactive activities cover early mathematical and literacy concepts, manipulative skills, visual discrimination, labelling, matching, ordering and shared reading. Audio files help the students hear the words as well as read the text. This is a useful support to the themes and can be installed on a school network as it includes a full school site licence.Peter Hope - Science Teachers' Association of Victoria