Mon. Jul 4th, 2022

Finding quality educational software for your children requires a bit of research. A myriad of sites with educational games are available. These games range from early counting games to more complex games teaching the use of fractions and decimals. On the reading spectrum, educational software includes letter recognition and phonics all the way to writing your own story and answering questions about reading passages. Educational software exists on any subject, teaching children everything from foreign languages to beginner music lessons.

Many of these software programs are expensive. The designers, writers, and educators who work on the programs can make for pricy overhead. Websites are the same. Many websites allow you to pay a monthly fee and then to log on to play the games. The monthly fees vary from a couple of dollars to $20 or more per month. Other sites are free. Starfall.com is one of the most commonly used websites for children’s educational games. Starfall.com includes games that teach preschoolers basic concepts, and many children can play these games with minimal adult supervision.

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Another option is to look for completely free software downloads, however. This type of software, called “freeware” in Internet lexicon, means anyone can use this software without paying any type of licensing fee. Some of these programs are open source, which means interested people can alter the code of the software to make them better or more complicated.

Two examples of free downloadable titles are TuxMath and GCompris. TuxMath, which is open source, is a math-based program in which students are playing a video game. They must answer math questions correctly to be able to shoot targets. GCompris is a program for younger children to learn shapes and numbers. These programs are only two of the hundreds available.

Freeware has a number of benefits for educators. Parents who are homeschooling often find themselves bombarded with the need to purchase everything from notebooks and pencils to supplies for science projects. By using free software and free educational websites, home schooling parents can educate their children for free. Even for non-home schooling parents, freeware is a way to keep children having fun while they’re learning. Students can play games on the weekends or in the evenings. These games are very effective in helping children learn concepts, and with freeware they’re much less expensive than using tutors or paid software programs.

By rahul