Educational software for kids has become very popular today with parents choosing to invest in these relatively inexpensive educational tools to aid their child's development. Be it reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary or math, educational software makes learning fun and engaging for your child.
Here's a brief review of the most popular educational software for kids.
Educational Software for Toddlers
Reader Rabbit - Playtime for Baby &Toddler: Mat the Mouse is hiding inside a toy box and with his help, your baby will be guided into several educational experiences including music, shapes, singing, rhymes and stories.
Dr. Seuss Toddler: Hosted by the Cat in the Hat, the seven fun activities in this software will teach your kids mouse control, numbers, colours, shapes and letters.
Muppet Babies Toyland Train: Featuring the all time kid-favourite Muppet Babies, this software, with the help of Kermit the Frog, teaches your baby about animals, body parts, colours and much more!
Educational Software for Nursery School
Jump Start Kindergarten: With 16 engaging puzzles and games, this software helps your child learn over 20 skills including counting, time telling, word identification, pre-reading, sequencing and colours.
Dr. Seuss Kindergarten: Gerald McGrew is looking for some unique animals for his zoo and your child can help him through 250 adventurous learning activities that build skills such as like listening, memory, early reading and logic.
Smart Steps Kindergarten: An animated, funny Australian accented pencil guides your child through 100 different activities. Your child can explore a typical kindergarten classroom by moving the mouse while learning about directions, nature, numbers and words.
Educational Software for Preschool
Reader Rabbit Personalized Pre-School: Letter names and sounds, counting and numbers, reading and phonics, shapes, colours and spatial relationships are just some of the skill sets this software targets. The software also uses the A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology which adjusts itself to match your child's development. Kids love this one!
Jump Start Preschool: This software helps build over 30 skills including visual memory, differences, phonics, letters, deductive reasoning and listening, through 10 activities. Kids get to explore various play areas guided by beloved characters like Pierre the Bear and Casey Cat.
I Love Phonics: Interactive software that is all about letters, words, phonemes and reading basics. With seven levels of difficulty, 300 age-appropriate words, and 18 word lessons, this software is great for building a solid reading foundation for your kid.
Educational software is a necessity for the tech-savvy millennial children of today. Having a variety of these programmes will keep your child entertained; they also build crucial skills that'll come in handy as your little one takes those first steps towards formal schooling. However, never, ever assume that the software can substitute communication with parents! So, sit down with your child and explore the educational applications with her or him.
LeapFrog Enterprises based in California has designed a LeapPad learning tablet especially for kids. LeapPad is an excellent educational device for kids between the ages of four and eight and its a fun, interactive approach to learning. Read on for a review of the LeapFrog LeapPad.
What is the LeapFrog LeapPad?
The LeapFrog LeapPad is essentially a portable (10 in x 11 in), battery-operated talking book equipped with an interactive 'magic' pen similar to a computer mouse. The LeapFrog LeapPad is unique in that it transforms LeapFrog's paper books into an interactive learning experience for children. This amazing learning device equips your tot with crucial reading, vocabulary and phonics abilities and also teaches basic math, science and music skills.
The LeapPad also increases your child's attention span, builds fine motor skills, visual perception, analytical thinking and attention to detail. Learning tablets such as the LeapPad (and related educational apps like Proloque2Go) are helping even autistic kids and other children with special needs discover a whole new world of learning.
How does the LeapFrog LeapPad work?
First choose from over 50 books from the LeapPad Library depending on your child's age. Simply pop the book into the LeapPad player and insert the cartridge. Then, with the help of the magic pen, your child can sound out words and letters, learn to spell, understand the meaning of words, hear stories and sound effects, play games, have fun with colourful characters and perform guided activities. There is so much to do, learn and explore on every single page. Your child will stay engaged for hours. The tablet makes learning entertaining. Now that's something you can't claim with traditional books!
What features come with the LeapFrog LeapPad?
This learning tablet comes with dozens of novel features that will keep your child (and you!) engaged for hours. The LeapFrog LeapPad can read animated storybooks, pronounce words phonetically, helps identify words and letters and engages kids with numerous learning-oriented activities. The LeapFrog LeapPad shuts off automatically when not in use for some time; it also comes with volume control and headphones.
We also love the colourful, aesthetic design of this educational tablet and the fact that it is built to withstand a fair amount of rough handling. No wonder then, that the LeapFrog LeapPad has won scores of awards including Great American Toy Test (Educational Category, 1999) and T.O.T.Y. Toy of the Year Award (People's Choice Winner, 2000).
Giving your children a solid educational foundation is now made easy with the LeapFrog LeapPad.
Go ahead; let them experience the joy of learning.
Parents are wondering more then ever what are these terms my child is using? Well usually there getting these terms from the games you bought them that they play online with older and better people.
The days of playing board games are over at least until the power goes out. Kids do not want to play monopoly anymore; they want to play Gears of War and Halo 3 with all their friends online. That is what you will hear from them is, "Dad, I want an Xbox 360 for Christmas so I can play Halo3 online with other people so I don't have to bug you to play with me." That is sort of what you will hear at that time of the year.
If you have a computer and an internet connection you can start playing games today. Games like counterstrike and day of defeat and call of duty those are all games that you can play online with other people and have fun. You can actually talk to them and have conversations with people online where as playing by you gets boring and old fast.
The games that kids will play at school will be different then what they play at home. At school they will be playing simple flash games that they can download off the internet or just go to a site and start playing. Simple games like Bowman, simple Counterstrike and other games that will be allowed by the schools server is what they will play. Many kids nowadays know how to get around the schools server and do this everyday. I know when I was in school I got away with going around the servers easily all I did was go to Google and type in getting around proxy servers and so many websites popped up for gaming.
The last type of gaming that is taking over today's gaming is shooter games. These games are becoming more and more popular because of the violence and role that they are able to play in the game. You can shoot someone and see blood go everywhere and they think it's cool to play. Well I play Counterstrike and it's not that bloody and gory all it is, is you playing against the terrorists online. I mean it is the number 1 rated online action game of today. No other game can compare to Counterstrike except those made from the same company as it. You just go online and start playing right away and before you know it you're pretty good at it and then you become obsessed with it unlike many other people I am not obsessed with the game. People will sit there and play it for hours before they even flinch. That is obsessed and should be looked at by doctors as to why they cannot stop playing. People will play crazy hours like 50 or 60 hours a week I have even heard of people playing more than 100 hours a week.