Welcome to School Zone's Colors, Shapes & More Flash Action Software!
     
 
In this Read Me document, you will find the following:
 
Age Level: Ages 3 and Up
 
Educational Goal:
To teach and practice readiness skills, including colors, shapes, numbers, rhyming and positional words, classifying and more through interactive software.
 
Educational Skills:
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Numbers
  • Rhyming Words
  • Positional Words
  • Same or Different
  • Does it Belong
  • Size Differentiation
 
Key Features:
    • School Zone Interactive software keeps children actively engaged.
    • Educators developed this electronic drilling software; it contains the most current and essential skills, content and approaches.
  
Additional Features:
    • Learning is reinforced with audio rewards.
    • Simple program design allows children to work independently.
    • Audio and visual feedback indicates if an answer is correct or incorrect.
    • Activity Centers reinforce concepts through exploratory play
 
Directions for the Activities and Software:  
This software uses a variety of methods to review, teach, and reinforce readiness skills. The goal is to answer all of the questions correctly during each game. Correct answers are rewarded by access to the activity centers. The more questions answered correctly, the more pieces the child earns to play with in the activity centers. A player can exit at any time.
 
  1. To Start Colors, Shapes & More
  When the software begins, type your name and click the flashing OK button. Click a button along the left side of the screen to select the type of questions. You can change question groups at any time by clicking a different button.
  2. Numbers:
  Click the green button on the left side of the screen with the butterfly icon to practice numbers and counting. One type of activity asks you to move a certain number of objects. To move a picture, click on it to pick it up. Then move it to the correct place and click again. Other activities ask you to identify numbers by clicking on them. Some activities show a number and you must click on the group of objects that matches the number. Other activities ask you to count by clicking on objects one at a time.
  3. Shapes: 
  Click the red button on the left side of the screen with the shapes icon to practice shapes. To complete some of the activities, click on the shapes with the same name. The shapes may not be identical (they will be different colors, textures, sides, etc.). Other activities require you to move matching shapes to a certain area. To move a shape, click on it to pick it up. Then move it to the correct place and click again. Some activities ask you to identify shapes. Click a shape to select it.
  4. Colors: 
  Click the blue button on the left side of the screen with the rainbow icon to practice colors. To complete the activities, you must click, move or color pictures as instructed by the audio directions. To move a picture, click on it to pick it up. Then move it to the correct place and click again. To color a picture, use the paintbrush to click on a color at the top of the screen. Move the brush to the picture and click to color it.
  5. Classifying and Words:
  Click the yellow button on the left side of the screen with the cat icon to practice classifying, rhyming words, positional words, and size differentiation. Listen to the audio directions, and then click the picture that belongs, doesn’t belong, is the same, is different, rhymes, is the same size, or is a different size. Other activities ask you to move pictures to a certain place, relative to another picture. To move a picture, click on it to pick it up. Then move it to the correct place and click again.
  6. Instant Feedback: 
  The program automatically tells the player if the answer was correct or incorrect. In addition to audio responses, beads along the right side of the play area will drop to track each correct answer. If an answer is incorrect the program will flash the correct answer.
  7. Help: 
  Click the “?” button to hear how to play the activity on each screen.
  8. Completing Colors, Shapes & More
  To exit the program, click the purple arrow located in the lower left hand corner of the screen.
 
Directions for the Play Areas:  
  1. 12 Nimble Numbers: 
  How high can you count? Enter the Numbers Activity Center by clicking the green button on the right side of the screen. In the activity center the buttons at the side of the screen can make the pictures on the play area move, as well as play music, change backgrounds, and remove pictures. If you don’t have many pictures in the spaces at the bottom of the screen you will need to click on the green arrow and solve more numbers questions. You can earn more colors by answering the activities correctly. Click on a picture at the bottom of the screen to move it into the play area. Click the top green button to make the pictures move.
  2. Shapes Stack-up: 
  Let’s stack some shapes! Enter the Shapes Stack-up Activity Center by clicking the red button on the right side of the screen. In the activity center the buttons at the side of the screen allow you to change scenes and colors, play music, turn everything upside down and remove all the shapes with a wrecking ball. If you don’t have many shapes in the spaces at the bottom of the screen, you can click the red arrow and solve more shape questions. You can earn more shapes by answering the activities correctly. Click a shape at the bottom of the screen to select it, and then place it in the play area. You can use the shapes as building blocks. Try balancing the shapes on top of one another. Take out one of the bottom blocks to see what happens! You can also rotate the shapes. Click a shape to select it, move it to the play area and press any key to rotate it. Click again to drop the shape.
  3. Super Sandbox: 
  Let’s make a sand painting! Enter the Sand Painting Activity Center by clicking the blue button on the right side of the screen. In the activity center the buttons at the side of the screen let you pour, drill, shovel and shake the sand. If you want to remove all of the sand, click the plug at the bottom of the play area. If you don’t have many colors in the spaces at the bottom of the screen, you will need to click the blue arrow and solve more color questions. You can earn more colors by answering the activities correctly. Use the button with the faucet to pour the sand. Click your mouse, and then move it back and forth across the screen to pour the sand. Pick a new color by clicking on one of the colors at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Mix & Match Music: 
  This is a mix-n-match music maker! Enter the Word Play Activity Center by clicking the yellow button on the right side of the screen. In the activity center the buttons at the side of the screen let you turn on the music maker. The top button plays the music. The three buttons under it let you change the type of music that is played. The bottom button removes all of the pictures so you can make more music. If you don’t have many pictures in the spaces at the bottom of the screen you will need to click on the yellow arrow and solve more word questions. You can earn more pictures by answering the activities correctly. To make a song, click on a picture at the bottom of the screen. It will move to the purple rectangle. Use as many pictures as you can to make your song. When you’re ready to play your song, click the top yellow button.
 
 
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
 
Minimum System Requirements:
  Windows® 7, Vista, XP SP3
    Pentium® III 1GHz (or equivalent)
    1GB of RAM
    800x600 32-bit color video
    16-bit sound card
    700MB of available disk space
    CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
 
  Mac® OSX 10.7.4, 10.6.6
    Intel Processor
    1GB of RAM
    800x600 32-bit color video
    700MB of available disk space
    CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
 
 
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