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      28.02.2002 05:20
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      Having 2 boys aged 5 and 7 i find that the learning land magazine is excellent value for money at only 3.99. It comes out fortnightly and is from microsoft and is windows 95-98 compatable. You can subscribe to this magazine and details of how to do this are contained in the magazine ,in return for subscription you recieve the learning land characters Sue,Milly,Tim and Biff as soft toys as well as a binder to keep all your magazines inside. The magazine itself is a workbook for the easily installed cd rom. The characters are adorable and the children really look forward to interacting with them. Each cd rom and magazine is crammed full of educational and fun things to do for ages 3-7 years. Expect your children to learn about numbers , letters ,nature , and lots of colouring fun that can be easily printed off. Children are learning all the time through fun and each cd has a theme. The first in the series is called At the playground , for which you need to tidy up the park, by spotting what items of rubbish have been left lying around. When you click on the item of rubbish the characters tell you why it is dangerous to leave items like this lying around (e.g.) a glass bottle could badly cut you. You are then encouraged by the characters to find a bin on the screen and put it in there , for which you are congratulated. Even if you dont manage to buy all of the magazines and cds ,investing in the odd one is really worth while. Things your children will learn about in a fun way NUMBERS NATURE LETTERS HOW TO SOLVE PUZZLES COLOURING FUN

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        07.09.2001 06:18
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        The dave27 clan, as you may or may not know (why should you, you don't care about me and mine, now do you?), have a pair of Cairn Terriers who dominate Mrs D's life completely. Poppy, the five year old bitch (and the term has never been used more appropriately), has an absolute obsession with causing trouble for ANYONE who happens to knock on the door of Chez dave27, but she reserves her worst behaviour for the postman and the newspaper man. Even before she's heard anything coming through the letterbox she's up and stomping around and getting all worked up about some invader trespassing on HER territory. When eventually the letter or the magazine comes helplessly tumbling through the letterbox, it never has chance to alight gently upon the mat because Old Bitch Dog has torn it from the invader's hand and ragged it to death, shaking it all over the place, attempting with enormous violence to wrench whatever life there is from the delivery. Before we get the old deed, we also have to put up with the grumbling and growling from her, and the high pitched squeals of excitement from Ted, the older dog, who doesn't know what he's squealing for, but contributes enthusiastically. God, it's infuriating! (Bloody hell, dave27, what on earth are you rambling about and how is any of this relevant to the matter in hand. Bear with me, folks, honestly, I'm getting there, I'm getting there...) Regularly, once every fortnight, Old Bitch Dog gets a major opportunity to carry out this bizarre ritual, because zooming in via the letterbox comes our regularly ordered copy of the Learning Land magazine and CD (There, I told you, just about managed it, and now we're off, my dears). Learning Land is a children's magazine which is issued once a fortnight, comes complete with a CD-ROM packed with games, challenges and exercises to complement the content of the magazine. It is now up to issue 4
        4, which means that it's now been going getting on for a couple of years. It costs £3.99, but is extremely good value. It is aimed at children between 3 and 7 and its strapline reads "Discover and play on your PC". It is published by an organisation called De Agostini UK Limited, from Hammersmith in London, and you can get further information at either www.learning-land.com or www.deagostini.co.uk The CD-ROM autoruns when you put it in your machine and requires a machine of the following spec: Processor - 486DX2/66Mhz (Pentium 100 MHz recommended) Operating systems - Windows 95 or 98 Monitor - SVGA colour monitor Screen resolution - 640 * 480 pixels Graphics card - 1Mb or above Soundcard - Soundblaster compatible Memory - 16Mb for W95, 24Mb for W98 Mouse Headphones or Speakers CD-ROM drive - double speed (four speed recommended) That's a pretty standard spec for any machine these days, I think you'll agree. The magazine is a full colour and very attractive design and basically leads your young 'uns through some excellent educational exercises, based around stories involving four friends, Sue the Cat, Biff the Hippo, Tim the Mouse and Milly the Rabbit. The exercises are interesting and easy to follow, but provide just the right level of challenge for enquiring minds. When the CD-ROM starts to run, you get the chance to either input your name as a new user, or log in and pick up where you left off previously. The games all involve exercises like counting, and adding up, and spelling, and naming animals, and playing tunes, and following mazes, building up pictures by dragging component parts onto a scene, etc etc. Whenever you complete an exercise you are given a piece of the jiggle jigsaw (it makes you giggle, apparently) which you can drag onto the background. If you complete all the exercises successfully you get all the pieces and can complete the jigsaw
        . As well as being educational, they also get your child used to working with a computer and require a lot of mouse work, so also trains them in their use of technology. Okay, bare facts over. Now, is Learning Land actually any good? Well, I have to say that Bethany has never been quieter or more absorbed than she is when she is playing with the CD. The magazine only gets scantily considered, but the CD absolutely fascinates her and she will play for hours quietly on her own, working through the exercises. Obviously, this is wonderful stuff, but I'm starting to get a bit crowded out by piles and piles of CD's. We've never been able to get anything else which is quite as effective in occupying her clever little brain. I've not really experienced any problems with the CD's in terms of screwing up my PC, although I would recommend running them from the CD rather than copying them onto the hard disk and running them from a shortcut, because when I copied them it did seem to send things a bit twitchy, although that could be down to other programs, I suppose. All things considered, I recommend Learning Land as much as anything as far as kids are concerned, but be warned, you won't be able to get at your PC when the obsession takes hold of the treasures.....

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          02.03.2001 07:58
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          Learning Land is a children’s magazine that comes with a CD-ROM for your child. Available fortnightly in most newsagents I would recommend this product to anyone with young children. The magazine and CD-ROM work together so as to compliment each other without putting the onus on one or the other. The media is hosted by four animal characters namely a mouse called Tim, a rhino called Biff, a cat called Sue and a rabbit called Milly. The ‘team’ has a different theme for every issue with ‘modules’ and puzzles for your child to complete. On the CD-ROM, when your child completes the various ‘tasks’ he or she is rewarded with a puzzle piece that they call a ‘piece of the jiggle jigsaw’. This is used to complete a picture relevant to the theme of that particular issue, encouraging your child to complete all of the tasks he or she is set. The puzzles etc are tailored to your child’s own level of competence and all encourage some form of learning be it spelling, number recognition, safety, and teamwork. The whole experience is personalised by asking children to input their name and select a picture to represent themselves (henry often chooses the tiger or the rocket). Henry has a subscription to the publication, which entitles him to extra-related freebies such as a mousemat and soft toys of the characters. He has learned such a lot of information from it and has seriously improved in his level of computer confidence and competence. Henry has learned counting, spelling, mouse control, computer use, and how to print from his PC. He has been using it for over a year now and he still has the same level of interest in it as the day he first used it. If you have young children then please consider learning land from deagostini as a learning aid that they will consider a game. One more thing, learning land is capable of running on a low-end computer system, which means y
          ou don’t need an expensive machine for it to run. So much so I have given henry his own PC in his bedroom. For those of you that don’t know henry is 5 years old and leaps and bounds ahead of his schoolmates in computer use, I believe that this is directly attributable to deagostini’s learning land.

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            18.09.2000 06:09
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            A magazine that comes out every fourtnigh, normally on a Wednesday. Fun packed with a C.D. Rom for the children who are aged between 3-7. Once loaded which is easy just follow the instructions, your children can have hours of fun whilst learning at the same time. There is plenty to do and plenty of puzzles for the children to solve along the way. There work can be printed out and they get pieces of the jigsaw to build a picture for them. It may sound young but my daughter is 6 and she loves them, she sends us down the newsagents to check it is in. I am sure if I would let her go to town on her own she would be in the shop getting it herself. Not only does it introduce learning as fun your child has the added bonus of learning the computer as well. It is compatable with windows 95-98 and is from Microsoft. This weeks issue is in the woods which my little one has played and she wants to return to it again in the morning well after school I said. So take a look and see what you thing, children should learn more when they are playing I think they will grasp a lot more things. There is one danger to look out for when you buy this magazine, check the pages for those annoying little scratch cards as I have trown away several that I have found in the mag. Why an 18 and over scratch card is in a chilfrens magazine I don't know but maybe I will bring the issue up with the promoters if I get one again. See if your children will benifit from learning land?

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            17.08.2000 22:56
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            Learning Land is a big hit in my home. We have been buying it for my youngest boy for a good while now. Its a good way of introducing your child to a computer as it is very easy to follow. Learning land has 4 main characters, who are Sue, Biff, Milly and Tim- they guide you through the different sections of the cd. Each section involves a task, if the task is completed the child gets a jigsaw piece, the child then put s the jigsaw peice in the correct place. It has covered many topics including Safety in the home, in the garden, in the kitchen and also covers numbers and spelling. There are colouring sections and has a really fun way of teaching your child at the same time. I am ordered off the computer as soon as learning land comes out, it also comes with a comic. The comic has lots of different games, tasks and every edition has a story. Learning to write is included in the comic as well as counting and guessing games. The price is £3.99 every 2 weeks. You can order from your newsagents or order by direct debit. If you choose the direct debit you will receive 4 beanie toys of the characters, a biff mousemat, a magazine storage box, and a free cd storage case. I would recommend learning land to any parent who has a young child.

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              14.07.2000 03:18
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              Biff and friends Sue, Milly and Tim are the principal characters in a magazine backed software series for children by de Agostini called Learning Land. The target age range is stated to be 3-7, but I would suggest that pre-schoolers or reception class children would enjoy them most. There are four different activities on each CD, which are a broadly based on an introduction to Year One of the National Curriculum, plus one creative game or art activity. There is also an interactive jigsaw used as a reward scheme, the child being given a new piece of the puzzle each time a task is completed. There are two levels for each activity, although both are easy. The software teaches letter formation and recognition, counting and simple sums using numbers 1-20, social development and awareness (hygiene, road safety etc), and a basic introduction to nature. My children find the characters very engaging (they are three and five) and wait eagerly for the next issue. Even the younger one can cope with most of the activities which run at a slow and careful pace. Navigation through the software is very easy and clear and the instructions are simple and easy to follow. Each instalment probably takes about an hour to work through for the first time although my own children have constantly returned to each one. The magazine accompanying the series backs up the particular themes contained in the CD with usual activities such as writing practise, join the dots and colouring by number. There is also a read aloud story, which certainly helps my children feel ‘friends’ with the Learning Land characters. I have found that older son is far more willing to concentrate on writing, letter recognition and all those things that help with school since I have been buying Learning Land. He has clearly identified with the characters and wants to play at what they’ve shown him long after the PC has been switched off. If you s
              ubscribe to Learning Land as I have done you will also receive the very child-friendly free gifts of beanie toys of all the characters and a Biff mousemat (which must be used at all times!). Each issue is £3.99, which to my mind provides good value when compared to the prices of other software and children’s magazines. Learning Land provides a very simple, fun and pressure free introduction to both computer software and early learning, it’s not expensive and my children have both enjoyed it and learned from it.

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              13.07.2000 00:43
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              Learning Land has been available in newsagents for approx 6 months now. It is attached to a magazine and is aimed at younger children age 3-7. It is published fortnightly. You can subscribe to Learning Land and this is what I did. You will receive (not all at once) 4 soft toys which are from the Learning Land series (Biff, Sue, Tim and Millie). When these arrive in the post your children will be so excited. The only problem with subscribing, I have just recently found out, is that they occasionally automatically send a binder which they charge £5 for. I'm sure there is a way out of not receiving this, but it wasn't made very clear to me and it appeared on my invoice. The binder, I thought was a free gift because of its poor quality and I threw it in the bin. The magazine follows the theme of the CD Rom and there are puzzles to do and short stories to read. Very thin magazine. At the back of the magazine it shows what's in the next issue. Once the kids see this though it is hard to stop buying them. Each PC Rom has a theme - eg Biff's new house, Tim's got a Cold, Let's go Shopping, Off to School. It is educational and is mainly about learning about numbers and letters. Nothing too exciting, but I would recommend it to the younger age group. My daughter loves it. It is ideal for a child who is not familiar with clicking on icons and using a computer as it is very easy to use. For each task the characters ask the child to be carried out, they can chose wheter to go for the easy option or the harder one. They are both easy though. I reckon a 7 year old may easily be bored of this, unless they are not familiar with any other PC game. They do have a website you can look at, which is www.learning-land.com.

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