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Computer Games And Kids: Is It Ok?

Jan 26, 2008
Do you often get frustrated trying to help your child master ideas and skills he needs for school? Certainly tasks such as absorbing addition and multiplication facts, language and spelling rules, and the stops on the spice route can be less than fun. If you have ever given up in despair over a third grader who still adds on his fingers stop fretting: you are far from alone. Everyone could use a little back up, and that is where educational computer games come in. There are lots of free educational computer games online to help your child in any subject. These games can be very useful in helping your child achieve in school, and they are certainly more fun than time spent in a stand-off with a child who insists it is impossible to memorize the multiplication facts. Picking the right educational computer games can save everyone a lot of frustration.

What should you look for when choosing between the mind-boggling varietyof educational computer games? The main goal for most parents is to see their children achieve, and instilling confidence is a good beginning. Educational computer games that motivate children while giving them the positive reinforcement they need will make your child to aim. Confidence is a vital component in education.

Another aspect to look for in educational computer games is the level of difficulty. Your child should be able to begin play at a comfortable level but always have room to move ahead. Good games have many increasing levels of difficulty. Mastering one concept should lead to another, while keeping old skills polished.

Finally, the best educational computer games should be visually interesting. The world of the game should be a setting that entices your child. If your child loves space, fantasy, the old west, fairytale kingdoms, superheroes, tropical jungles, or even skateboarding you can look for games that educate while indulging a particular interest.

Learning should not be an exercise in frustration. Children who play educational computer games get excited about the game and often forget they are even learning. The more exciting a game is, the more they want to play and the more they will excel.
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