Spelling Bee Interactive

CHATTERFUN PRESENTS – SPELLING BEE INTERACTIVE, FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF A GLOBAL WORLD

Suggested Ages – 5 to 10 years

THANK-YOU for purchasing Spelling Bee Interactive by Chatterfun. Please read through the instructions below and contact our customer support division with questions regarding your new software.

Over 1000 interactive words in English, Spanish, German, French! Also includes over 50 printable language development activities, like mazes, word searches and coloring pages, to explore off the computer.

Spelling Bee Interactive is an exciting format for children to interact and develop spelling skills for fundamental words in four global languages. With 1000 words, Spelling Bee Interactive will open your child’s eyes and ears to a world of culture and discovery. It is learning entertainment. Your child will begin to capture the essence of languages around the world spurring young minds to want to explore greater language development.

The software was developed by the Renbue Company, a USA corporation, and marketed through Chatterfun, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Renbue Company. Our staff is committed to the development in early childhood education and in creating learning pathways for youngsters to explore and grow. Please visit Chatterfun, www.chatterfun.com, to learn more about our products and services. At any time, you can contact technical support at customersupport@chatterfun.com.

INSTALLING SPELLING BEE INTERACTIVE

Download File:
If you downloaded the software, please locate the download file and double-click to activate the installation of the program. You will be asked to enter a passcode. You can retrieve the passcode in the email that you provided when you purchased the software. Installation will begin when the passcode is entered and accepted. During installation, you can register your product. We highly encourage registration of the software for purposes of after-the-sale support. After installation is complete, you can choose to relocate the installation file to a secure location. You will need the installation file only if you need to reinstall the program at a later time.
The installation process will locate an icon on the desktop as well as create a folder in the start menu titled “Chatterfun Spelling Bee Interactive”. You can start the program by double-clicking on the desktop icon or through the Start menu. As the program loads, an animated screen will appear.

CD:
If you received a CD copy of the software, insert the disc in your CD tray. The software installation will start automatically. You will need the passcode located on the inside of the CD case. Please enter the passcode when prompted to start the installation. During installation, you can register your product. We highly encourage registration of the software for purposes of after-the-sale support. After installation is complete, please keep the installation CD and case in a secure location. You will need the installation CD only if you need to reinstall the program at a later time.
The installation process will locate an icon on the desktop as well as create a folder in the start menu titled “Chatterfun Spelling Bee Interactive”. You can start the program by double-clicking on the desktop icon or through the Start menu. As the program loads, an animated screen will appear.

 

PLAYING SPELLING BEE INTERACTIVE

Starting the Game:
To begin learning immediately, please select a level from the home screen. The game offers you three levels of spelling in four different languages; English, Spanish, German and French:

Level One
Level Two
Level Three

Upon selected a level, the game will load the words for that stage. The activity will begin automatically and your child can interactive by using the keyboard or mouse to spell the words that are sounded by the program.

Game Tip:
Each level has over 325 words. We encourage you to start at level one and progress in stages. However, you can encourage your child to begin and move through the software at his or her own pace. Several unique features will increase the level of difficulty.

Your child can choose to learn in their native language before moving into a new language but don’t be concerned if he or she chooses to explore other languages before they are proficient in their first language. Natural learning is occurring through this discovery process.

The mouse or keyboard can be used to maneuver through the program. We encourage that your child utilizes and becomes comfortable with both. Spelling Bee Interactive employs a keyboard lock-out feature that allows your child to push any key to move the game forward. As a parent, you do not need to worry that your computer can be compromised.

Response:
A right answer will be followed by a positive sound and the image will be highlighted with a yellow frame. A wrong answer will be followed with an abrupt sound and the image will be highlighted with a red frame.

Special Characters:
Special characters have historical roots in many languages. When selecting a language, you will notice changes to the keypad on the screen. When a word contains a special character such as, ä, ê, Ñ, ß, œ, you can use the mouse to select the corresponding character or use the keyboard and type the letter represented. For instance, ê can be entered on the keyboard by typing e while œ can be typed oe. The one exception is the ß in German which represents ss and should be typed on the keyboard as ss or use the special character key in the software.

 

Keyboard Layout:
The keyboard layout can be changed between alphabetical to a standard format. We recommend the alphabetical layout for young children who have not been exposed to keyboarding class. To change the keyboard layout, click on the keyboard layout button.

Moving Through the Game:
You can also advance to the next word by pressing the arrow keys on the keyboard or using the mouse and clicking on the advance arrow. To return to the last word, a backward arrow is also available. To return to the home page, click on the RETURN button.

Selecting a Language:
From the game screen, you can also select a different language at any time. The default language is English but you can also select Spanish, German or French by using your mouse to click on the corresponding flag.

Word Preview:
You can choose to activate or deactivate the two-second word preview feature. We recommend using this feature in the beginning.

Repeat Word:
You can repeat the spoken word by clicking on the repeat icon. This feature will become more important when you turn word preview off.

 

The following active links appear to the left of the screen throughout the game -

Volume Control:
Feature to lower or mute the music. Slide the rule to the left to increase and to the right to decrease the volume. The spoken words will not be affected. If you want to mute the spoken words, use the master volume control located in your operating software.

Language Preference:
At any time throughout the game, you can select a new language by using the mouse to click on the appropriate flag.

English language subtitles and instructions

American Flag

Spanish language subtitles and instructions

Spanish Flag

German language subtitles and instructions

German Flag

French language subtitles and instructions

French Flag

Help:
Link to online support pages.

 

Quit:
Exit the game.

Printable Activities:
Activities are complimentary learning material that supplements the overall curriculum. Activities include mazes, word searches, and coloring pages. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print these activities. You can download a free copy of the Reader here, http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Level:
Choose between three levels of words. We encourage you to start with level one but users may choose to explore the three levels early in the game. This is a positive discovery phase.

 

COMMON HELP QUESTIONS

Special Characters:
Special characters have historical roots in many languages. Spelling Bee Interactive is designed with features to accommodate keyboards that do not contain these special characters.

Software Keypad – The software has a keypad that can be used with a mouse or other pointing device. When selecting a language, you will notice additional keys appear on the screen. When a word appears with special characters such as ä, ê, Ñ, ß, œ, you can use the mouse to select the corresponding character on the keypad.

Keyboard – If you are not using an international keyboard, you can type the letter that represents the special character. For instance, ê can be entered on the keyboard by typing e while œ can be typed oe. The one exception is the ß in German which represents ss and should be typed on the keyboard as ss.

Volume:
The volume control in the software is intended to regulate only the music and not the spoken words. If you desire to change the volume of the spoken words, use the master volume control located in your operating software. An icon can usually be located in a system tray. For Windows, this icon is housed in the tray in the lower right side near the clock.

Keyboard Lock-Out Feature:
Spelling Bee Interactive employs a keyboard lock-out feature that prevents the user from accessing function or system keys. This key feature is a safety device to ensure that changes are not made to critical areas of the computer. As a parent, you do not need to worry that your computer can be compromised.

Learning Opportunities:
There are multiple learning opportunities to take advantage of. The first is through the selection of four languages. Your child can choose to learn in their native language before moving into a new language but don’t be concerned if he or she chooses to explore other languages before they are proficient in their first language. Natural learning is occurring through this discovery process. We encourage you to have your child repeat the words aloud. Another learning opportunity can be accessed through the printable activities. These lessons duplicate the learning found on the software in a fun educational environment. The software keypad can be changed from alphabetical to QWERTY through clicking the keypad symbol key located near the bottom of the software. If your child has not had formal keyboarding training, we urge you to try the QWERTY version as they build confidence. The level of difficulty increases moderately with each level but don’t be concerned if your child hasn’t mastered one level before moving to the next level. It is quite natural in this early stage of development to be curious while the degree of difficulty is not measurable enough to make a difference.

Ages:
We recommend the game for ages 5-10 years old. Some younger and older users might find value in the software, however.