Welcome to School Zone's Alphabet Software!
     
In this Read Me document, you will find the following:
 
Technical Support:
If you experience problems using this software, you can 
e-mail us at support@schoolzone.com  
or call us at 1-616-846-9601.

Support Hours:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST,
Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST

Additional support is always available online at: www.schoolzone.com/support

Please have the following information available for technical support:
  • Operating system
  • CPU type and speed
  • Amount of RAM
  • Available hard drive space
  • CD-ROM speed
      
Age LevelAges 5-7
  
Educational Goal:
To teach and practice beginning reading and letter sound skills through interactive software that appeals to a variety of learning styles.
  
Educational Skills:
    • Teaches your child the letters of the alphabet-both uppercase and lowercase.
    • Helps your child match those letters to sounds.
    • Helps your child recognize the initial sounds of words.
    • Strengthens hand-to-eye coordination and small-muscle motor skills through the interaction of the mouse with the screen features.
    • Helps your child enjoy the learning process.
  
Key Features:
    • The simple program design allows children to work independently.
    • Each Letter Scene gives a good, basic introduction to the featured letter.
    • Both uppercase and lowercase letters are shown.
    • When objects are selected that start with the featured letter, the name of the object is heard. This helps the child associate words with letter sounds.
    • Searching the scene reinforces the idea that each letter can be matched with everyday words that begin with the letter.
    • The animation surprises and the search for the train conductor keep the child motivated to explore each scene thoroughly.
  
How to Play:  
 
  1. Main Menu: 
   There are 24 Letter Scenes - X, Y, and Z share one scene together. Click on a letter to go to a letter scene.  

To go to the Alphabet Song, click the musical notes on the right side of the screen.

If you're stuck and aren't sure what to do, click the alligator conductor on the right side of the screen for more instructions.

You can leave Alphabet by clicking on the crossing gate on the bottom right of the screen.
 
  2. Letter Scenes:
   Letter Scenes are matching activities. To play, click on objects in the scene that begin with the featured letter. When a correct match is made, Alphabet will speak the name of the object or play an animation sequence. When objects that do NOT begin with the featured letter are clicked on, nothing happens.

The alligator train conductor is hidden in every Letter Scene as an additional reward. Can you find all of the conductor’s hiding spots?

If you're stuck and aren't sure what to do, click the alligator conductor on the right side of the screen for more instructions.

To return to the Main Menu, click on the train on the right side of the screen.

You can leave Alphabet by clicking on the crossing gate on the bottom right of the screen.
 
  3. Alphabet Song:
   The Alphabet Song is accessed through the Main Menu. When the song screen comes up, the letters of the alphabet sing a song composed of all their names.

After the song concludes, the child can click on any letter and it will say its name again.

To hear the Alphabet Song again, click the musical notes on the right side of the screen.

To return to the Main Menu, click on the train on the right side of the screen.

You can leave Alphabet by clicking on the crossing gate on the bottom right of the screen.