NEW YORK, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- DK Interactive learning, a leading publisher of educational software, is proud to announce that three of its 1999 educational titles -- Smart Steps 1st Grade, I LOVE SPELLING and My First Amazing Science Explorer -- have been awarded the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval. "Recognition of this magnitude, and receiving so many other honors this year, truly confirms that we're consistently on target when developing educational software that appeals to both parents and children." said Mark Stollar, vice president of DK Interactive Learning. In the past year alone, the company has received numerous four-star ratings and gold awards for their educational CD-ROMS, including three EDDIE Awards from ComputED for the best software for use by educators, and two Good Toy Gold Awards from the UK's National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries. The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval program is an independent testing process that gives parents, children, and educators the opportunity to play with, build, read about, and judge a variety of products. Each is evaluated based on level of desirability, sturdiness, interactive stimulation and other key criteria. Test results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received from the parent/testers. The Seal of Approval program is designed to continue the efforts of The National Parenting Center, chartered in 1989 to help create better-informed parents. Smart Steps 1st Grade is one of the Smart Steps series, a comprehensive collection of learning tools for children ages four to eight. The series targets the literacy, numeracy and broader knowledge skills young children need, and includes identifying letters, phonics, and multiplying and dividing through 300 exercises, 80 animations and more than 600 graphics and illustrations. Additionally, each Smart Steps CD-ROM includes a tracking feature that provides a detailed chart showing what children have accomplished and where they may still need to review. I LOVE SPELLING is also one of a series, which includes, I LOVE MATH, I LOVE SPELLING and I LOVE SCIENCE. Designed for children ages 7 through 11, I LOVE SPELLING sends students on an intergalactic game-show adventure around seven weird and wonderful planets to meet their funny inhabitants and participate in challenging spelling games. The software supports a school- based curriculum by covering topics that range from recognizing word families and roots to learning common prefixes and suffixes. I LOVE SPELLING includes 5,000 essential spelling words graded into three levels of difficulty and 50 spelling-pattern word groups that target key spelling problem areas. My First Amazing Science Explorer is the latest title in the award-winning Explorer series. Designed for children ages five to nine, this CD-ROM answers many of the tricky questions kids ask, building a basic foundation for scientific learning as they conduct experiments, research answers and record their findings. From the kitchen to the workshop, kids can explore eight interactive environments packed with informative pop-ups, brain-tickling questions and challenging activities. A printable science workbook lets kids record their observations and ideas just like a real scientist. About DKFL DK Family Learning (DKFL) provides special offers and exclusive versions of My First Amazing Diary. Consumers can locate the nearest DKFL distributor by calling 1-800-352-6651. Established in the US in 1994, DKFL is a nationwide network of independent distributors who sell DK Interactive Learning and DK Publishing products into home and schools. About DK DK Multimedia is a subsidiary of the innovative UK publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Ltd. DK Multimedia employs a staff of more than 300 in London and New York and has one of the largest multimedia production units in the world. The company is renowned for pioneering a distinctive, highly visual style in its books, videos, and CD-ROMs. Established in 1991, DK Multimedia has released many highly compelling "edutainment" CD-ROM titles for the consumer and educational markets, including The Way Things Work 2.0, Eyewitness Virtual Reality: Dinosaur Hunter, My First Amazing World Explorer, and Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe. The company also developed Microsoft Corporation's award-winning Musical Instruments.
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