Many thanks to my husband, Alan Wong Siew Loon, for his personal review
Shareware programs for children allow you to try a module of the program for a period of time (usually 30 days) for free. After the trial period, you can either pay a fee to register the shareware and receive the full program or delete the shareware from your computer.
Most shareware programs are compressed before storage as a single zip file on the host computer. After downloading the file, you need to use WINZIP to decompress it before you can view its contents and run the shareware. Some shareware programs need further installation or setup on the hard disk.
My shareware selection criteria are as follows:
This will enable me to distribute the shareware (if it is worthy of consideration) on a diskette to my friends. Moreover, any size bigger will mean a longer downloading time. A medium modem with an access speed of 28.8 kbps will take about 7 - 10 minutes to download a 1.4 MB file.
If you do not have a dedicated phone line for Internet access and you are using your one and only phone line, remember to disable the "Call Waiting" facility. Any incoming calls will disconnect you from your Internet Service Provider. This can be frustrating if you are near the end of downloading a huge file!
The download site for most of the shareware (listed on this page) is in Singapore. For alternative sites, please check out http://www.gamesdomain.com/tigger/sw-pc.html.
My Selection of Shareware
Coins as rewards is reinforcing and the fireworks display
at the end is arresting. The ranking (e.g., Sea Shrimp) is cute. Recommended
for children ages 3 - 5. I have played with the registered version. Volume
3 is suitable for older kids ages 5 -7. Worth your money to register the
Only complaint is that it is a DOS program. You may experience difficulty running it if you do not know how to optimize the program for Windows.
The program is patterned after the game "Go Fish" and is designed to help children recognize common sight words. If the child cannot read a word, click on the word card with the RIGHT mouse button and Roxie will read the word. The goal of the game is to get the largest number of books consisting of four of the same word cards. Recommended for children ages 5 - 7.
If you like a program for younger kids, try Roxie's ABC Fish. The shareware version is only for recognizing upper case letters and you are restricted to letters A to G. The shareware version of Roxie's Math Fish covers addition for numbers 0 - 12.
My complaint is that Roxie's games do not offer variety to sustain the children's interest. Although the educational contents are different, the game is the same and children get bored with the same old game.
What I like about the program is that it takes a student through four steps in solving problems. Students will be asked, in step-by-step fashion, to look for: the EVIDENCE (the numbers needed to solve the problem); the STRATEGY (the word clues that indicate the method to use to find the answer); and the OPERATION (the mathematical method to arrive at the answer to the problem), before trying to find the SOLUTION (the answer to the problem). Good remedial tool. Fun element is missing.
If you have comments or suggestions,