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KIDS' SOFTWARE: A GREAT TOY FOR SUMMER LEARNING

 REDMOND, Wash., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- It's summer. The kids are out of school, looking for amusement and adventure. It's a great time to pull out the toybox -- and the computer. Not only will your kids have fun, but they will also learn: much of kids' knowledge of the world comes from the hands-on experience they get while playing.
 The more a toy encourages a child's own sense of exploration and discovery, the more valuable it is as a learning tool. (In his autobiography, Frank Lloyd Wright recalls the experience of playing with blocks as one of the influences that led him to become an architect!) Crayons, puzzles, dolls and games all encourage children's curiosity and allow kids to learn at their own pace. And now, there's a new generation of computer games on the market full of color, music, animation and spoken words; these "software toys" combine many of the best attributes of traditional toys, making them a great addition to the learning tool chest.
 Award Winning "Software Toys"
 Some wonderfully interactive software programs that truly engage and empower young kids now line the shelves: parents can choose from art, music, math, problem solving, reading and writing programs. Many of these new programs are designed specifically for young children and encourage their natural curiosity by allowing them to explore and discover through play.
 Three of the top selections for young kids were developed by the teaching experts at Edmark Corporation, which has specialized in early learning for over 20 years. Edmark has recently launched a new, award- winning software series for young kids. The first program in this new series is Millie's Math House, winner of six early learning awards, including a 1992 Parent's Choice Award. Designed for two to six year- olds, Millie's house is an inspirational math playground where kids will learn about shapes, numbers, problem solving and patterns. Children explore these concepts in six rooms full of animated characters, wonderful music, sparkling color and talking animals.
 In Bailey's Book House, a new program to be released in late June, Bailey and his neighborhood friends encourage kids to learn letters, words, stories and rhyming. Children make their own stories and print booklets, design greeting cards and invitations, create "new" Mother Goose rhymes, and animate animals that begin with every letter of the alphabet. Bailey's Book House will help kids develop a passion for reading.
 The award-winning KidDesk, is as much for parents as it is for kids! KidDesk gives kids a place of their own on the computer -- a personalized, colorful desktop that lets them launch their own programs with a simple click of the mouse; it also provides parents valuable protection by preventing kids from leaving their desktop and exploring parents' files and programs. There are also several fun desk accessories on every desktop -- like a 13-month calendar, a calculator, a message machine and a talking clock. KidDesk gives the whole family computer freedom!
 A Free Software Guide for Parents
 To assist parents in selecting children's educational software, Edmark's team of educators has developed the Parent's Guide to Educational Software. Offering criteria to help parents evaluate the educational and technical merits of educational software, the Parent's Guide to Educational Software can be ordered at no cost by calling 206-556-8484 or writing to: Parent's Guide, Edmark Corporation, P.O. Box 3218, Redmond, Wash. 98073-3218.
 Millie's Math House, Bailey's Book House and KidDesk are trademarks of Edmark Corporation. Edmark(R) is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Edmark Corporation. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines.
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