January/February 2003

Our 57th Issue (Volume 11, No.1)

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Preview the first 4 pages of this issue as a PDF
Browse Articles from past issues.
LittleClickers columns for kids, by CSR editors
 
ARTICLES AND FEATURES
Exercises in Deductive Reasoning
Comparing the 2003
Encyclopedias
Little Clickers: When I Grow Up
Starbright Foundation
All-Star Software Poster
School All-Star Awards
Software News for Schools
Ten Tech Gadgets for
Every Classroom
The Annual Gender Survey
Mailbag
Straight From the Testers
Directory of New Releases
 
SOFTWARE REVIEWS BY AGE
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School
 
FEATURE REVIEWS
Blue's Clues Kindergarten
Bill Cosby's PicturePages
Early Learning Readiness
The Little Raven & Friends:
the Tricycle Story
Rugrats: Munchin Land
Larson's Elementary Math
Activities
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon
LEGO Creator Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
American Idol
Prealgebra Solved!

Beer in Toy Stores?

Demonic Dogs?

Microwaves in Classrooms?

 
Just a few of the fun things you'll find in this, the very first issue of CSR for 2003.
 
Our feature story developed after we reviewed the seventh, and best ever Nancy Drew title (Ghost Dogs), and thought to ourselves, "great game, but is this a valuable learning experience for kids?" The answer is clear. Games like Nancy Drew are wonderful exercises in one of the most valued types of higher order thinking in the curriculum&emdash; deductive reasoning. So we decided to take a closer look (page 4).
 
From our research department comes two important articles. The first is a comparison of the 2003 encyclopedias, all of which have dropped in price and improved in quality (page 6). Also in this issue is our annual Gender Survey (page 27) which shows that software producers continue to favor boys over girls.
 
Teachers will enjoy reading about very affordable gadgets like wireless digital thermometers, walkie talkies and microwaves that can make their classroom day easier (page 23).
 
Finally, we're fed up with irresponsible toy stores who sell Mature rated videogames, and think it is time for them to stop. Either that, or they should start selling beer and cigarettes, right alongside the stuffed animals. There are simply better things for kids to do with their childhood than to spend time with nasty language and themes. Read more on page 28. We hope you like the issue, and look forward to a great 2003.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
 
 
 
Ann, Ellen and Warren
 
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