One of the highlights of the school day for my Littles is when their Task Card says they may play a review game on the computer. Although there are many great "membership only" review sites that are well-worth the registration price, there are just as many FREE sites worth exploring. Here, in no particular order are our kid-friendly family favorites.
This is, by far, our GO TO on-line game site. I like the fact that I can choose the grade level of play. ABCYa.com does not just focus on one particular subject, but has a handful of both math and language games to choose from. I also appreciate the ONE PLAYER feature. My kids do not like competing against another unseen child via the computer. Instead, he/she is only challenged by his/her own personal score or time on the clock.
|Arcademic Skill Builders|
Arcademic Skill Builders
Filled with math and geography review games, Arcademic Skill Builders has many fun features. The one negative is the fact that your child will be placed in a group with other on-line gamers for a race to the finish. If your kids are like mine and get flustered with "race-type" challenges, you might want to pass on this site.
|Cool Math Games|
Cool Math Games
Logic skills is the main theme of Cool Math Games. Don't let the name fool you, however. There are many language skill building games included. The one negative of this site is that it does not review actual math or language skills such as addition and subtraction, but rather the logistical skills needed to perform those mathematical processes.
|Dance Mat Typing|
Dance Mat Typing
Want an inexpensive...in fact, FREE...typing program for your kids? Dance Mat Typing just might be in order. This funky site is produced by BBC schools and touts four easy skill levels to develop basic typing skills.
Admittedly, Game Goo is not my favorite site as many of the games are just fluffy wastes of time. There are, however, a few good ones that have topics unexplored on other sites. The quirky graphics are always a kid-favorite around here.
Half of the games offered on Knowledge Adventure have absolutely NOTHING to do with building knowledge, but are just fun, arcade-style challenges. If you are selective, however, there are many educational offerings worth pursuing.
|Learning Games for Kids|
Learning Games for Kids
Art, music, literature, geography, and even health are just a sampling of the extracurricular game links provided at Learning Games for Kids. It provides many core subject games, as well. Almost all of the games are links to different sites around the web. So, some parental discretion is in order.
|Math Game Time|
Math Game Time
Just as its name denotes, Math Game Time only provides math games. Like Arcademic Skill Builders, children are pitted against other on-line players for a race-to-the-finish-style game.
I hesitate even adding Soft School to the list as it is mostly just a glorified worksheet. But, if you are in need of some "jazz hands" to add to an otherwise "regular" math or language worksheet, this might be just what you are looking for. Players are asked simple review questions and must type their answers in order to progress to the next question.
Highlighting spelling and vocabular practice, Spelling City is a membership only site with a handful of FREE games for unregistered visitors. The biggest "pro" to this site is a "make your own list" feature. You can type dozens of individualized words for each of your children. The "con"...you have to re-enter the list every time you re-enter the site.
The free phonics review games and digital "readers" provided at Starfall make it another GO TO site for my younger learners. Although my middle boys still need an older sib to help with the technical part of handling the computer track pad, the actual site is very preschool friendly.
I realize that this does not even scratch the surface for on-line offerings. But, these 10 games have become our most-used resources. Do you use computer review games in your homeschool day?
What's your GO TO on-line review game?
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