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   Counting with Barker is one of several projects I decided to work on to
 help very young children have fun and learn to interact with computers.
  Louisiana Parishes was the first project I took on several years ago
 when programming on an Atari ST using GFA BASIC.  GFA is a very powerful 
 structured language that supports graphics quite well.  It is from what I
 understand, the most popular language in Europe.  I was asked after 
 I became an IBM compatable convert to recreate this and other programs into
 IBMeze.  This was not as easy as I thought it would be.  What took two to
 three lines of code on the Atari ST (with a graphics support processor) ended
 up taking two and a half pages of code in the first attempt.  Later some help
 came from the people at GFA Technologies and the code was reduced to two pages
 just for the screen loader procedure.  
   I found that I was able to help My child learn the quickest in the following
1. Point out the number of dogs.
2. Count them (sight) and count the barks (sound).  Show your child the number
   of dogs and then the numeral.  Make the comparison between the keyboard and
   the screen and the number of dogs.  Point out Barker wagging his tail and
   smiling when the correct key is pressed.
3. Do not ever force the learning process on a young child.  Make it a game
   and entertaining.  Give your child positive feedback on selecting the correct
   key.  Until the child gets on their own with the program take time to say
   each number.  "5" is for FIVE.  Ask them to count with you.
4. "Barker" does not wag its tail on the screen when an incorrect answer is given.
   A red or green box at the bottom of the screen is where the feedback is given.
   Read this feedback to the child after they progress to the point of being
   able to find the keys by themself.
6. Take time to praise their correct answers.  Do not worry about incorrect
   ones.  If there are too many incorrect answers go back to STEP 1 of the
7. Help your child get exicited about the learning process in the best way that
   you know how.
   My daughter knew her numbers and alphabet (using programs like My Alphabet
   and Counting with Barker) before she turned three and could quickly find the
   keys on the keyboard.  She learned a lot more than just the alphabet.  I feel
   that it helped to break the ice in getting her to feel comfortable with
    If you have other teaching methods that work best for you please take time
   to let me know about them. 

  This program runs under VGA video mode only.

  No <ENTER> or <RETURN> key input is required.  Just press the correct number.

 NOTE: This program should be run from a hard drive to improve the second
 screens loading time. 

                             ***Running the program***
  To run the program make sure that you are in the BARKER directory except when
  running from A or B dirve.  For A and B drive use just type BARKER and press
  the enter key.  You can get to the directory by typing cd\BARKER and press
  the enter key for the following prompt.
  At the above prompt type BARKER or BARKSND
 (PRESS THE ENTER KEY) to run the program.  You should be off and running
 at this point.
 NOTE: Please only pass along the BARKER (demo) version with all support files.
 BARKER.EXE is the product of much time to perfect.  Support and encourage the
 support of Shareware and we can keep delivering.
  LEGAL--The program to the best of my knowledge works as discribed.  I take
 no responsibility for any problems that might arise from running this program
 on any machine.  I have been beta testing this program on an IBM PS-2
 model 70, a Zenith 386sx Supersport (LCD screen) Laptop, An Austin 386-33mhz,
 EPS 386-33mhz, pieces and parts 386-33mhz machine, a ZEOS 386SX 20MHZ, and an
 Austin 486-33mhz machine.
  Each machine had no compatability problems that I know of.  I use three of
 these machines almost daily.  If you find a bug, problem or have a better idea
 please contact me and I will try to work on it.
 The only problem to note was that a certain TSR did not get along with GFA.
 Not all TSR's are bullet proof.
  There is a Icon available if you choose to run Counting with Barker from
 TNX and enjoy...Bob

  Please become a registered user of this SHAREWARE by sending $5.00 for
 the executable version or $10.00 for both the executable and the listable
 version to the following address.  Request the IBM version of BARKER.
 If you would like a copy of Louisiana Parishes, States and Capitals or My
 Alphabet the shareware fees are $10.00 each.  If you make a written request I
 will send you the three programs for the price of two.

 Robert M. Loudon
 4597 Drusilla Drive
 Baton Rouge, La. 70809-6946

 Thank You for your support.

 Information about GFA BASIC and GFA BASIC for Windows can be obtained from:
  (The code from GFA BASIC is transportable to the Windows version easily.)
     GFA Software Technologies Inc.
     27 Congress St.
     Salem, Ma.01970
     Tel: 1-800-766-6GFA or 508-744-0201

The screen loader came from GFA Software Technologies Inc. by way of:
     20220 S. Avalon Blvd #151
     Carson, Ca. 90746
 RASCOM is publisher of GBUG PC DISKAZINE, a disk based bimonthly newsletter.
 On each disk is information, articles and programs created with GFA BASIC.
 The Fontmaker programmed by Ron Schaefer M.D. came by way of GBUG.  It was
 used to create the first title screen. This was one of many source codes
 available on Diskazine D1No2.

 My family
 They know what the back of my head and the GFA editor screen looks like.

 ******************** Good Luck * Have Fun * Happy Learning *******************


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Directory of PC-SIG Library Disk #4141

 Volume in drive A has no label
 Directory of A:\

BARKER   ZIP    172439  10-22-93   9:44a
CDROM    TXT      7526   9-24-93   1:51p
GO-STRT  DAT       541   6-01-93  11:07a
SIGORDER TXT      3176   9-24-93   1:57p
GO-FORM  DAT      3276   9-24-93   1:56p
GO       EXE     26022   1-10-92  12:14p
PKUNZIP  EXE     29378   2-01-93   2:04a
PCSIG    TXT      2319   9-24-93   1:59p
SHAREMAG TXT      1831   6-01-93   2:32p
        9 file(s)     246508 bytes
                       70656 bytes free