The Basics of ABC's

Release Date: 1978
Assortment / Tape No.: 82204/6
Accessories: Little Booklet (pink, 12 pages)
Printable Replacement Booklet (Small Version):
Printable Page 1 Front contains back cover, front cover, pages 2 & 9.
Printable Page 1 Back contains pages 1, 10, 3, & 8
Printable Page 2 Front contains pages 4 & 7
Printable Page 2 Back contains pages 5 & 6
Programs: 1
Running Time: 21:21
Music: "Tri-Lex Game Over" (10 sec. complete)
"The Basics of ABCs" (34 sec. edit)
"Tri-Lex" (12 sec. complete)
"50s & 60s Nostalgia" (34 sec. edit)

Other Comments: The title on this one is a bit misleading, as it has very little (if at all) to do with learning the alphabet. However, you do have to answer the questions by pushing A, B or C, so I suppose it's still accurate in that sense. ;)

This program is more of a games and puzzles program with some reading comprehension skills thrown in. The little booklet is used a LOT-- there are only three regular questions on this tape, and everything else involves the booklet. You start at page one and just go straight through to the end of the book (skipping the occasional page so there are still some puzzles to do on your own afterwards). Some of the booklet pages have you read a story and then answer questions about it, and others are just straight forward Q & A tests or straight-forward puzzles. When going over the answers on the Q&A pages, half of the time 2-XL will give you the full question and choices, and half of the time he won't.

The questions themselves can be pretty tough for the age group it's aimed at (I'm sure my 4 year old has no idea how many years a presidential term lasts), but 2-XL seems to realize that and always keeps the question button open for you if you don't know the answer, and offers a lot of encouragement at times when it may seem too hard. All in all, it seems like this program is designed to help push younger kids to reach just a little bit higher.

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* A NOTE ABOUT PRINTING THE BOOKLET: Print out Page 1 Front, then turn Page 1 over and put it back in your printer and print Page 1 Back. Repeat this for all the page numbers. You should now be able to cut the pages out and lay them inside each other, recreating the booklet. SMALL VERSION pages contain 4 booklet pages per printing page, so it saves on ink and paper, but they're harder to read. (STANDARD VERSIONS and LARGE VERSIONS are coming, along with an option for you to vote for which format you like best and would like to see all future booklets done in.) All my tests have shown these to work on the most computers and browsers, but if it doesn't print correctly for you, your best bet is to save the file and open it through an image program such as Adobe Photoshop and resize it there. I recommend printing it in the "normal" or "best" settings to make it the most readable. Hope these help!

A NOTE ABOUT MUSIC: All music titles have been arbitrarily chosen by Frank and myself. These titles were picked based on many different things: the program we first heard the song on, or the project we first used it in, or whatever imagery it made us think of the most. 15 second wav samples (approximately 325k each) have been included for your convenience to be used as a reference. The running times listed in the description above are NOT the sample length. They are the length of the song as it is used on the 2-XL tape pictured.

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