Learning Skills

A session or two with Mia provides even pre-schoolers with computer know-how. Mia provides the opportunity and the motivation to manipulate the mouse (or the ball or track pad), to use the cursor, to point and click to indicate a choice, or to point and drag, to bring an item to another place. They learn to use a variety of keys to make things happen. And in playing adventure games like Mia, they find humor, surprise, suspense, while participating actively in the story-making. All the while they are exercising their powers of observation, memory, resourcefulness, anticipation, patience and persistence.


Science

Children, from early infancy on, are natural-born scientists, figuring out their world and how it works by making theories, testing them out with experiments and revising them when their predictions or hypotheses don’t work. The activities — or games within the game — give Mia and the player a chance to test their knowledge about or learn for the first time age-appropriate scientific concepts and scientific terminology.

The topics include:

• plants and their parts (roots, stems, flowers, fruits, leaves, and seeds);
• animals and how to classify them (mammal, reptile, amphibian, marsupial, insect,
arachnid, mollusk, bird); their habitats (desert, forest, savanna, etc.), their eating
habits (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore);
• weather - clouds;
• the solar system;
• earth science;
• the human body and its systems (nervous system, skeletal,
muscular, circulatory, digestive, eye and ear, locomotion, respiration);
• heat energy;
• properties of matter;
• electricity and magnetism.