Amy's Fun 23 ... Covers
number recognition, counting, music and songs. Recommended for children ages 2 - 3.
||Good first math software in that
it cover basic counting and your child can use the keyboard if he
or she has difficulty with the mouse in terms of hand-eye
coordination. This is a DOS program.
Sea School ... The shareware is
Volume 1 of 3. It covers counting, number sequencing, addition and
subtraction. Recommended for children ages 3 - 5.
||Sea School provides good variety
to sustain children's interest as each topic is a different game.
Coins as rewards is reinforcing and the fireworks display at the
end is arresting. The ranking (e.g., Sea Shrimp) is cute.
I have played with the registered version. Volume 3 is suitable
for older kids ages 5 -7. Worth your money to register the
shareware. Only complaint is that it is a DOS program. You may
experience difficulty running it if you do not know how to optimise the program for Windows.
Word Trix ... Covers common phonic
patterns which are needed to build a large sight vocabulary. Highly
recommended for children ages 5 - 8.
||This is a Windows program. It has
four arcade-type games with an educational focus. The games are
Word Invaders, Word Tag, Picture Tag and Make-A-Word. Be prepared
to accept some American terms.
|Roxie's "Go Fish" Series
The latest versions have better graphics and
clearer speech. These educational games now include a memory game
found in the picture frame. You even have the option to add your
own image. LatticeWork Software has done a good job with their
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which is designed to help children recognise common sight words, is
a good complementary program to Word Trix. 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
The program is patterned after the game "Go Fish" If your
child does not know what to do, click on Roxie's face and she will
tell him what is going on. Recommended for children ages 5 - 7.
If you like a program for younger kids, try
ABC Fish. The creator, LatticeWork Software has generously
made the full version of Roxie's ABC Fish available free-of-charge!
A fun way for children to learn their upper and lower case letters
and numbers to 100. The shareware version of Roxie's Math Fish
covers addition for numbers 0 - 12.
My complaint is that Roxie's programs 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.
|For Upper Primaries
... This is a Math program focusing on real-life math and business
||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
Word Problem Work-Up
... This trial version covers multiplication and division.
||This is similar to Dollar Skills
where the program gives step-by-step help in interpreting key words
and solving problems. Students learn to read the questions
carefully to avoid irrelevant numbers, to convert two quantities
into one, such as hours to minutes, or to watch for important
instruction words, such as 'twice', 'half', or
Good remedial tool for children who have difficulty with word
problems in Math. High achievers, however, may find the
step-by-step help tedious; they are eager to type the answer to the
problem. There is also a trial version that covers
Critical Thinking (for Effective Reading)
... thinking about word relationships and recognising proper
inferences, main ideas, and logical sequence of sentences.
|Reading materials covered topics
like history and culture, music and the arts, nature and science,
historical figures, famous personalities, entertainment and
recreation, and unusual facts. Suitable for students in upper
primary and lower secondary schools.
Each lesson is self-directing and self-correcting and presents both
read-in-context word replacement questions and comprehension
questions as well as crossword puzzles. Good alternative to
assessment papers which are non-interactive. Fun element is
... The trial
version focuses on vocabulary.
|The other reading skills covered
in the full program are sequence, main idea, fact or opinion,
factual recall and inference. Suitable for upper primary students.
The contents are easier than those in Developing Critical