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Latvia to develop computer game to help children learn to read

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDevelopment has commenced in Latvia on a computer game to help develop reading skills. It is intended for children of the age of three, as confirmed by the developer Janis Abele.

Abele says the one of the most noteworthy elements of Zilbe is the creation of syllables and words. To ensure the child continues paying attention, it is important to maintain the game element of the computer game while making the teaching process exciting and interesting.

Abele said that he had initially created the game for his daughters to help them learn to read. He noticed that his daughters’ progress with improving reading skills was going rapidly. He says they needed as little as one week to learn to read. This is why he decided to make the game accessible to a wider audience.

He says that he came up with the idea of developing a computer game accidentally, when he realized there is very little teaching material available to help children learn how to read. Kindergarten teachers are unable to provide full attention to all children.

Zilbe educational computer game is a private project and the game is available free of charge.

«There have been many educational computer games developed over the years. Their main flaw is that they often lack the ‘game’ element; they mostly consist of animated tasks children become bored of very quickly. Zilbe is developed using the former principle, because the game element takes up 90% of its content. The game is made to be as interesting as possible for children. The player’s main objective is helping a little own return to its nest,» – comments the game’s creator.

The game is currently in development. Because of that the author asks players to use game accounts in social networks and provide feedback. «Feedback, recommendations and constructive criticisms will be used to help make the game better and expand its scale and functionality. The game will have multiple difficulty settings to make it appropriate for 2-4 graders,» – Abele said.

The author of the game also says the game will be appropriate for foreigners hoping to learn Latvian language.

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