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The use of Java in the first courses of Computing, Computer Sciences and similar degrees is widely accepted. However, many programming professors realize that while is possible for students to use an Object-Oriented language, is also possible to program with them without applying an Object-Oriented mentality. This paper defends the use of Smalltalk programming language as the best option for students to learn Object-Oriented programming and acquiring an Object-Oriented mentality at the same time. This study is based on three years of experience in a course on Software Design.