If you have preschoolers, especially, but also perhaps elementary-aged kids, they will probably love Poisson Rouge as much as we do.
little student simply clicks on something. Anything. He or she can
then move it, build it, learn the alphabet from it, listen to it, play
with it…all depending on what he or she chooses to do.
The makers of Poisson Rouge didn't post instructions on the site, as they'd prefer that children freely do whatever they'd like to do on Poisson Rouge, but with more than a little reluctance, they wrote up a User Guide for Teachers & Parents, which is well worth a read not only for the lesson tips, but also for their insight into how children learn.
Here are a couple of reviews posted on Poisson Rouge:
site encourages, relies on, and rewards exploration. It's only gotten
better as I let students cooperate with each other. While some of the
more complicated puzzles may not entertain many students, I was very
pleased to find one autistic student who happily spent hours on those."
"I have a little girl just about to turn three and she loves it. It has
done wonders for her mouse skills, unlike any other websites we have
found she can use it completely independently and she is still finding
new things to do on it."
at the bottom of the screenshot, above? If you click on the flag of
France, you'll read the site in French. If you click on the British
flag, you'll read the site in English. A few of the children's games
are affected by this, such as the alphabet. I can see it as a neat way
to teach the little ones a bit of French (or English).
I dare you to try not to get addicted to Poisson Rouge yourself!
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