Join Paws and his friends as they explore their neighborhood on Leash Lane in Pawstown, USA. Each piece of software contains 3 community-focused stories and 10 games. Neighborhood children are deaf, hard of hearing, hearing or multiply disabled, and represent different ethnic groups. Signing video and/or audio are options for accessing information.
Stories are original and written to promote good English literacy, while simultaneously teaching important aspects of ASL. Each story can be viewed continuously, without the need to use the mouse, or the child can control the story for themselves. Elizabeth Sorkin, a deaf actress, signs each sentence dressed as Paws, the signing dog. Words can be viewed individually signed. Each story has three games that reinforce skills in literacy, spelling, visual perception, mathematics, categorization, memory, computer skills and creativity.
The ASL Tales and Games for Kids CD also contains a picture dictionary of the sign/English vocabulary used in the stories. Dictionary pictures can be printed! Children can also visit the Imagination Studio on Leash Lane and discover fascinating solutions for common problems.
PC System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7; CD-ROM drive 16x; 250MB hard drive space; color SVGA monitor that supports at least True Color (16 bit).
- Hop on the Bus! The Pawstown school bus travels around Pawstown picking up the neighborhood children. In this story, children learn directionality - left and right, basic map-reading skills and simple addition. The story encourages children to use prediction, and important component in reading comprehension.
- My Best Friend is Missing! This story exposes children 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 his missing best friend. Children learn adjectives and facial expressions associated with them in ASL as he describes his friend. Visualization and observational skills reinforce reading and signing comprehension.
- Is It Here Yet? This story clears up the mystery to children of how mail reaches its destination. Muffy learns what happens when she orders a shirt through the mail. This story focuses on learning the names of the week and sequencing of events, conceptually and in ASL.