ONE of the first concepts young children are introduced to when learning to read is phonics, the ability to recognise words which sound alike.
This program presents the children with four words, three of which have a similar ending. The children's task is to find the Odd Man Out'.
A mouse will move underneath boxes containing the four words and the child must press the space bar when the mouse is underneath the word it wishes to select.
In the meantime Jumbo the elephant is busy eating his buns at the bottom of the screen and the selection must be made before he has eaten them all.
Each child is given three lives and will lose one life if he is too slow or gets the wrong answer. Each question answered correctly causes the mouse to move faster.
When the program is run a menu is displayed which gives you a choice of three options.
If you don't want the mouse to speed up when a child gets an answer right you should delete line 1130.
- Use the data contained within the program.
- Write a data file to tape containing your own questions.
- Read in a tape of questions. There are 60 questions in the game and these are chosen at random. In the unlikely event of a child completing them all the pointers are reset and the questions are set again in a different order and at a higher speed.