Good Educational Computer Games

Canada
January 13, 2008 11:37am CST
Can anyone recommend any good educational computer games outside the usual Reader Rabbit kind? My husband is working on building a computer for our 8yo who is slightly (2yrs) behind in her academics. I have all the typical games that you would find in the educational section so I'm looking for other ideas. For example, she loves Roller Coaster Tycoon. I strongly believe that it's educational as well as fun so we let her play. With our oldest daughter we like to play games such as Age of Empires but it's still too advance for the little one. She still enjoys watching us play so I'd love to find something similar for her. We play a lot of board games together so I'm trying to stay away from Monopoly Junior on the computer! Any other suggestions? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Besides reader rabbit, there is a collection called Jump Start that focuses on all of the skills - math, reading, English - and comes with various different games. I suggest that you take a trip to Best Buy and check out there software. They have a fairly large section of educational software for all ages, some of which focuses on just one subject. They also have a very large selection of kids games.
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• Canada
13 Jan 08
Thanks! I will be going to take a look at several stores. Just needed a head's up too! I have a few Jump Starts as well, somewhere LOL But I think they are multiplication and division which would be too hard for her. I'll have to keep an eye out! Thanks again.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
13 Jan 08
You mentioned that she is 2yrs behind, well you can buy the ones that are on a lower grade level for her if that meets her needs. There are some softwares out there (I believe that these are Jumpstart) that covered pre-K - 5th grade. You can either start from the beginning and progress through or select a level to start at. Something like that would be good for your daughter. I am a HUGE proponent of Jumpstart games. I find that they help my son out quite a bit. Before you go buy anything you may want to check with your library to see what software they have to check out (if they offer this service). Oh, you should also contact the School Board in your area to see if there are any programs that they recommend. If she is behind in her reading, most School Boards have programs that they put on (or outsource) at least during the sumer for such things. My son participated in a reading program close to 2 years ago and even though it was 1 day a week for 6 week, it helped him out a lot (there was "homework" to do on the days they were not in class).