The Land Of Me

I am many things in my life (mainly exhausted), but the bit that pays the bills means that I'm a primary school teacher. More than that, I am ICT co-ordinator for a primary school of over 450 children. This means that not only do I have the responsibility of ensuring that Information Communication Technology is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum, it also means that I have to oversee that it is taught with enthusiasm and that the children are instilled with a lifelong interest in, and motivation by, technology.

The world in which our children will continue to grow up in is inconceivable. The technology that they will be using in ten years time, or as an adult, has not been dreamt of yet. This is why it is so important to instill an enthusiasm in learning through technology. Now don't get me wrong, I also trained as nursery nurse studying psychology and I know the stages of a child's development and the different phases of play. Which is why it is important to immerse them in a mix of the traditional physical toys playing with a person, as well as developing their technological awareness.

So when I was approached to review The Land of Me by their chief whip-cracker I was enthusiastic, but wary. The Boy is very competent on the iPod Touch, scarily so, but there is one thing he's not allowed to play on and that's the laptop. Yes partly, it's because it's mine, but also because I just didn't know how much he could do or cope with. I didn't really know where to start to be perfectly honest.

This is where The Land of Me comes in. It is an interactive, digital story book which adults play with young children on a computer. That one word is very important; 'with'. They are too young to be let loose on a computer by themselves nor should they be, but by playing with Eric the raccoon, Buddy Boo the bear and Willow the owl as they explore their home, then you can safely engage with your child in a captivating and enchanting world. The software inspires creativity, conversation, fun and learning. There are six chapters to go adventuring in, covering subjects like Shape, Size and Colour, Rhythm & Dance and Story Time.

The Land of Me is aimed at children from 2-6 years, which is a wide age-range. I've played this with The Boy and I've also used it in the Year Two class (6-7 year olds) that I teach in. What the different aged children get from it is astounding. On the most simple level, The 2 year old Boy watches the story and then points to the screen (a symptom of an iPod Touch child) to tell me his choices. We then discuss the resulting creation and story that unfolds from his choice. However, the Year Twos were able to edit the text, create monsters, build castles, choreograph dance, compose music and tell stories. An aspect of The Land of Me that we haven't explored at home yet is the 100+ activities and resources that can be downloaded or printed off to extend the play away from the computer including masks to make, games to play and puzzles to complete.

 

I am a convert because of this piece of software, and I look forward to the wealth of toys and physical games that are soon going to be coming our way from The Land of Me, and Ladybird now that they have joined forces. I'm particularly looking forward to an iPod application: knowing how good the Ladybird one is, I can't wait to see what it looks like with The Land of Me as a vehicle.

Competition

I am able to offer a copy of The Land of Me DVD-Rom software (worth £29.99) to one lucky reader!

  • In order to enter please visit The Land of Me shop and read about the six different chapters in the story. Then come back here to the comments box and tell me which one of the six chapter hosts is your favourite.
  • For a second extra entry please follow The Land of Me on twitter and tweet:

I want to win a @the_landofme DVD on @TheBoyandMe's blog http://www.theboyandme.co.uk/?p=2771

You'll need to leave a separate comment for each entry.

T&C

Competition closes on Thursday 30th June 2011 at 8pm. I will e-mail the winner that evening and they need to respond within two days or I will pick another winner. Facebook and twitter have no affiliation or responsibility for this competition. UK entrants only.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.


Many thanks to all who entered this fantastic competition. Using Random.org I have a winner:

Congratulations to Danny Powell!

Please continue to enter my competitions over here.

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Comments

  1. says

    This looks fab and an ideal pressie for my almost three year old who already loves stories on the ipad. It was a close call between the chapters as they all look pretty cool but I liked the look of The World Outside!

    I have liked them on their FB page, will tweet it too. I have my fingers crossed!

  2. sandra henderson says

    My 3 year old would love this,he gets computer time at nursery and now wants to try it at home.We liked the Rhythm & Dance chapter.

  3. sandra henderson says

    I have followed The Land of Me on twitter and tweeted the message @sandigled

  4. Lisa Hughes says

    We really like the look of Songs & Rhymes as we love singing in our house! My 2 toddlers would adore this!

  5. Tony Anthony Micheal says

    I have followed The Land of Me on twitter and tweeted the message @handbag2000

  6. Tony Anthony Micheal says

    We really like the look of Songs & Rhymes as we love singing in our house,Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Amanda gidders1 says

    Hi, I like the chapter on Rhythm and dance, perfect for my can't stay still little girl!

  8. Amanda gidders1 says

    Following on twitter and have tweeted the phrase!
    Thanks for the giveaway
    Amanda x

  9. Kirsty Fox says

    Definitely The World Outdoors because I want my kids to learn about the great outdoors and encourage them to be out in the fresh air!

  10. Kelly Koya says

    I like the sound of Bernard the crocodile, he sounds lively enough to keep my boys entertained :)

  11. sarah robertson says

    The World Outdoors. It reminded me of the things my dad used to teach me. i am expecting my first child and would love to teach him about nature and wildlife.

  12. Danny Powell says

    Rhythm and dance for me. My little stinker is only 14 mths but heck she'll be 2 in no time. Right what's next, facebook AND twitter tasks?…

  13. Danny Powell says

    All done. I never like stuff on FB- like really, never- so I think my Like should count more! ;-)