l DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM - Whenever you turn on Roamer the demonstration program is available for use. Simply press GO and Roamer will move in a triangular shape whilst demonstrating its functions. This program can be used for a variety of activities with Nursery children.
2 CANCELLING MEMORY - The CM button needs to be pressed twice to clear Roamer's memory. Make children listen to the two different sounds, so they can hear that they have cleared Roamer's memory correctly. If CM is pressed only once Roamer will not "forget" and will continue to do what has been previously programmed. This can cause confusion in small children.
3 ROAMER UNITS (FORWARDS
AND BACKWARDS) - Roamer moves in units of its own body length (30cm).
This is an easy unit for young children to visualise and it also corresponds
to a child's footstep. This makes pacing out for estimation fairly accurate.
It is better to use Roamer on the floor since this allows children to
use "body geometry" when working out Roamer programs. This is a powerful
method of aiding understanding. Alternatively, if you have floor tiles,
you can change the Roamer units to correspond to their length. To do this
press the following:
4 ROAMER UNITS (TURNING)
- Roamer turns in degrees. This is very useful for older children but
too difficult for younger ones. It is advised that you change the unit
of turn to a more appropriate one for this age group. To get Roamer to
turn in right angles simply press the following:
5 WORKING IN GROUPS - Roamer is ideal for developing cooperative learning skills. Its motivational power is so great that even the most retiring child will be eager to join in. The activities in this booklet range from whole class to small group activities.
6 RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES
I am sure that your children will have many happy hours learning with Roamer. This booklet is intended to provide starting activities that will form the groundwork and develop basic skills on which to build.
If you have any queries about using Roamer with your children, please
phone me on 0181 673 2233 and I will be glad to help.
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