We were listed on Netscape's "What's New" page from Jan. 25 - 31, 1997 -- "With help from a picture dictionary, preschoolers can surf the Web and link to hundreds of carefully chosen fun and educational activities."
A USA Today Hot Site for January 17-19, 1997 -- "A very nicely done online dictionary for kids has to be both fun and informative, which is what you'll find at Little Explorers."
One of AT&T's Top 10 Sites for Dec. 31, 1996, to Jan. 5, 1997 -- "Little Explorers - A simple idea for those teeny surfers (or 'busy little brains' as this site calls them) - click on a letter from the Little Explorers Alphabet, and you get a collection of words (and pictures) beginning with that letter. Click on any of those and you get jumped to a relevant web-page (possibly part of this project, or possibly somewhere else). Suitable for children up to and including primary school age accompanied by an interested adult."
The featured "xtra cool" site on Jan. 2, 1997, at XTRA's Buzz for Kidz in New Zealand -- "Wanting a fun way to navigate around the Web? At Little Explorers you can explore using a picture dictionary. It's fast, fun and cool."
Winner at Share Your Ideas!, Jan. 17, 1997 -- "... a great site for little ones just getting started on the Internet. www.enchantedlearning.com"
Received ProgramONE Radio Network's Award of Excellence, and included in the Internet news talk radio network's PRN Daily Report on Jan. 18, 1997
Site of the Day on Jan. 27, 1997, at Lenox Elementary School, Portland, Oregon -- "Pre-school and Kindergarten teachers, this is a great site for young children. Give it a try!!!"
United Press International, Nov. 28, 1996 "Surf's up: We all know kids seem to have an affinity for computers, but this is ridiculous. Enchanted Learning Software has established a web site for the preschool crowd. The little tykes can click on a picture of a T. rex and start surfing. In fact, the company is touting its site as easy enough for a 2-year-old to navigate, playing everything from on-line connect-the-dots to nursery rhymes to art and craft ideas."
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, FL) Web Watch for Dec. 4, 1996 "Toddling onto the Web" "Enchanted Learning Software says its Little Explorers site is the first Web site designed for children as young as 2 (with some help from a grown-up). Kids click on the letters of the alphabet to see words that start with that letter, along with pictures. Click on a picture to link to a Web site about that topic or to play an educational game. Kids can play online connect-the-dots, read nursery rhymes and get ideas for arts and crafts projects."
The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand), Dec. 10, 1996 "Site for preschoolers on Internet" "A new site on the Internet has been designed specifically for preschoolers.
"The designers of the site claim that Little Explorers is the first site created with an interface that allows children as young as two to surf the Web (with a little help from an adult).
"Children simply point and click on a picture that interests them, and they are either linked to a Web site about that topic or to an educational game related to it.
"Children can visit zoos and museums, play a variety of simple games, make a truck, read nursery rhymes and stories, and link to hundreds of entertaining and educational sites."
The Eastside Journal (Bellevue, WA), first page of the Business Section, Dec. 16, 1996 "Children on line" "Two local educational software companies are providing an excuse for young kids to go online. Enchanted Learning Software in Mercer Island has established a Web site that helps teach the alphabet and other skills. A 'picture dictionary'... links users to games and topics that begin with a chosen letter...."
The Age (Melbourne, Australia), Dec. 17, 1996 "Stuff for early surfers" "... For younger children, Little Explorers combines a clever web design and a picture dictionary with links to allow them to surf the Web safely. Software developers Jeananda Col and Mitchell Spector designed it to let their two pre-schoolers surf the Web with some independence...."
Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA), Dec., 1996 "Companies offer Web sites that are fun, safe for children" "...Little Explorers, from Enchanted Learning Software of Mercer Island, Wash., makes it easy for preschool and elementary school kids to surf the Internet. Kids use a picture dictionary format to link to games and educational activities.
"Kids also can play on-line connect-the-dots, read nursery rhymes, see craft and art ideas and travel to other fun and educational sites from the Little Explorers site."
Connect-Time syndicated column, Dec., 1996 Little Explorers is listed as a reader submission.
Education Links to Little Explorers
Listed at California State University, Northridge as a recommended resource for teachers by professors of Elementary Education -- "Little Explorers, designed by Enchanted Learning Software, is an easy-to-use picture dictionary with Web sites for preschool kids. The collection provides a wealth of information and online activities for any elementary school student."
Included in Cornell University's Kids on Campus Hands-On Web Demonstration. Kids on Campus is an annual computer day for elementary-school students, sponsored by Cornell Theory Center as part of NSF's National Science and Technology Week.
Featured in Western Michigan University Libraries for the Week of January 27, 1997. -- "A picture dictionary for children that 'lets children enter the World Wide Web...' Designed for elementary students and preschoolers. Check this one out if you have young children or grandchildren who want to be with you while you're surfing."
Included in the Internet Resource Directory for Educators (under Homeschooling, Language Arts) -- "Little Explorers - This image-intensive site allows children, particularly pre-readers, to develop reading skills incidentally. Click on any letter of the alphabet to load a screen of images beginning with that letter. The word label accompanies each image. Many of these images are linked to other internet pages, devoted to the topic, or a cool larger picture. All links are child-safe and child-friendly."
Listed at the Early Childhood Educators' and Family Web Corner on both the Teacher Pages (under Content Sites for Kids on the Internet) and the Family Pages (under Just for the Fun of It)
Included in the Curriculum Standards Framework, under "Using the Internet in the Studies of Society and the Environment," for the South East Region Computer Technology Centre, which provides computer technology and curriculum support to schools in Victoria, Australia
Listed at the Western Cape Schools' Network, a consortium of schools in Cape Town, South Africa, organized to promote the use of the Internet in education
Shari Jackson, a Computer Science and Engineering graduate student at the University of Michigan, does research in user interface design as it applies to educational technology and the development of software for learners. She writes: "I'm always looking for good web sites for kids, and here's a great one I just found: Little Explorers by Enchanted Learning Software"
Listed in My Virtual Reference Desk -- "Little Explorers- a website that lets preschoolers and elementary students surf the web easily. Children use a picture dictionary format to link to over 400 carefully chosen, fun educational activities."
Listed as a Cool Educational Web Site at Fourth R -- "Enchanted Learning's Children's Dictionary - A great start page for elementary and early readers."
Chosen as Pat's pick for January 27, 1997, at Putnam Valley Elementary School, in Putnam Valley, NY. -- Pat says, "This week's pick is brought to you by Mrs. Maureen Beyrer of our Elementary School. She says, 'You may want to check this site out. Kids can click on a letter of the alphabet and find words with pictures. They can then click on the pictures to visit appropiate sites for their age level. It looks like even pre-readers can navigate to some interesting sites.' I took Maureen's advice and visited this site. It really is a great site for pre-schoolers and elementary-aged children. Thanks Maureen, for making this week's site an easy pick!"
Included in the Indian Hill Treasure Hunt at Indian Hill Primary School, in Cincinnati, OH. -- Question 7 is: "When you go to Enchanted Learning's Little Explorers, you will find lots of information about many things. Start by clicking on the letter 'C.' Choose calendar and tell me the name of February's flower. Look at your favorite letters and explore some more."
Listed in the On-line Dictionaries page of the Institute of Natural Language Processing at Stuttgart University
Listed in the Human Languages Page, under Language and Literature: English -- "Little Explorers - by Enchanted Learning Software. Click on an English letter and see words that begin with that letter (click on a word for an activity)."
Included in Jean Armour Polly's On the Secret Garden's delights and wonderful things. "The
younger set can click on any letter in the alphabet, and link to
OODLES of activities. This is an interactive picture dictionary
with hours of fun just waiting behind the letters."
Included in Jan's Kid Corner at OneKey, in a column entitled Just for Preschoolers -- "LITTLE EXPLORERS by Enchanted Learning Software: Click on any letter in the alphabet. You'll get links to OODLES of activities. This interactive picture dictionary has hours of fun just waiting behind the letters. For 'Z' you'll get outside links to Zebra and Zoo, plus graphics of other objects starting with the letter. Everything is child-safe."
Included on Meghan's Page. Meghan's mother, Joellyn Clark, writes, "The older Meghan gets, the more interested she is in the computer, but she couldn't surf the net until we found Little Explorers. It's a wonderful site where preschoolers use a picture dictionary with links. Four stars in my book!"
Listed in the Teel Family Just for Kids, under Other Fun Pages -- "Little Explorers - Great! Preschoolers surf the web easily using a picture dictionary."
Featured on Infosports Kids Page -- "We thought it would be fun to share a few interesting educational sites with you each week!... The first one is a kid's dictionary that is terrific for elementary age children. Pre-schoolers would have fun too browsing through the letters. Lots of learning here. And high schoolers, if you want a real education on money and investments, click on "M" for "Money" and go through all the icons. You won't be disappointed and you will learn a lot."
Listed in Southwestern Bell's page for kids -- "Little Explorers On-Line Dictionary: Elementary students and preschoolers can surf the web easily by using this picture dictionary with links."
Listed in Comcast Picks - Baltimore Online, under Education, in the Reference Shelf -- "Preschool Dictionary: Enchanted Learning's site presents a dictionary for the youngest learners. Click to go from a letter of the alphabet to words beginning with that letter to an exploration of the word."
Listed at Game Kids Places to Visit -- "Link for kids. Little explorers is a free website that lets elementary school students and preschoolers surf the web easily. Children use a picture dictionary to surf some 400 carefully chosen links."
A Free -n- Cool Cool Site -- "Little Explorers is a unique, free website that lets preschoolers and elementary school students surf the web easily.... Kids can play Enchanted Learning Software's on-line connect-the-dots games, play Scrambled Dinosaurs, make a truck, read nursery rhymes and stories, or visit zoos and museums, get craft and art ideas, and link to hundreds of great sites. Little Explorers is also an excellent resource for elementary school teachers to introduce younger students to the World Wide Web in a controlled environment."
Listed at Bry-Back Manor -- "Little Explorers by Enchanted Learning Software - A truly unique site where kids travel the web via a picture dictionary."
Listed at ZIA Free-Stuff and Great Offers for the week ending Dec. 28, 1996 -- "Enchanted Learning Software - This is a really cute site with educational and fun activities for pre-schoolers. Almost no reading is required to play the games and learn to surf the net. Online games and activities change often. They also offer special bundled packages for educators."
Included in the Camden, NY, Kids Page -- "A Wonderful site! Preschoolers can surf the web easily using a picture dictionary."
A Kid Pick! at Ultranet Odyssey -- "I liked the site...." "... a good site to visit with your parent - especially for the elementary set."
Listed at Cool Family Sites at Upstate Access -- "Little Explorers (tm) - An educational site for pre-schoolers and elementary school students."
Listed in Darby's Page of Kid Stuff! -- "Enchanted Learning is an excellent site for preschoolers to learn to use the web. Your child doesn't have to be able to read to play!"
Included in the Rose Rock Support Group Favorite Links (there's an alternate link too) -- "I have set up links which are geared mostly to middle and upper grades and to teachers.... I would like to have sites for younger kids too, but I don't have the time to research those.... I do have one good site for the little ones at: Enchanted Learning."
Chosen as Aaron's Dad's Kidsite of the Week for the week of Jan. 26, 1997. -- "For the youngest kids, it's a very simple dictionary: click a letter, and go to a page filled with words beginning with that letter. Then it gets a bit weird, because once you're on the "M" page, for example, you can click the "Mother Goose" picture and explore nursery rhymes, or you can click the "Money" picture and find yourself on a page called "Concepts of Investing". None of the links are bad for kids, but many are more than a bit advanced for kids who are here to play with a very simple dictionary."
Listed at Adoption.com--Adoption Daily News, live adoption chat, AdoptionTalk bulletin boards, photolistings of children awaiting adoption, reunion registry, the Adoptive Parent Registry, Virtual Office Suites of Adoption Professionals, the Adoption Mall, and much more.
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