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Using Educational Games to Help Kids Learn

Hints and Tips / October 20, 2012

Kids today are growing up in a radically different environment than their parents and teachers did. Even those in their late 20s grew up when computers were not commonplace. In the era of smart phones and tablets, kids often become bored with the educational activities that would capture the attention of those who grew up in different eras. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to help kids learn through games. Here are a few ways to use educational games to help kids learn.

1) Maths Games
When kids are young, much of math revolves around memorising basic facts. Unfortunately, this is a method of learning that can try a child’s attention span. However, games on smart phones, tablets and computers can help. By presenting these math questions in an interactive format, it is possible to capture attention while teaching some basic facts. Young kids can benefit tremendously from memorising basic addition, and older kids might enjoy games that help them learn multiplication tables. Fortunately, there are many great games to choose from.

2) Spelling Games
Like math, spelling deals primarily with basic memorisation, and English has notoriously convoluted spelling rules. There are a number of simple programmes that can help teach kids how to spell. Along the way, children will add to their vocabulary, which will help them express more in their writing. Some programmes even offer tips about grammar.

3) Translation software
Research is consistently revealing how enriching learning a foreign language is. Kids can spend some time learning basic vocabulary and grammar with simple programmes. In addition, free translation apps, such as Google Translate, can help kids learn the nuances about their chosen foreign language. For some languages, these translation apps will even pronounce words and sentences, which is a critical component to learning well. Older children can even use communication software to find a contact from a different country to share tips with. English is the most popular second language around the world, so it will not be hard to find someone to work with.

4) Typing tutorials
While some lament the demise of handwriting, most documents are typed these days. By being able to type quickly and accurately, kids can give themselves an advantage both in school and when looking for a job. Again, there are a number of great options available, and many of these programmes are fun enough that kids will willingly spend time using them. Teachers should give their students a few options and see which ones capture their attention.

Many parents and teachers complain that children have shorter attention spans these days. In most cases, however, this is more myth than fact. By giving children fun, interactive programmes, parents and teachers can arm their children and students to do well in school.
Author Bio
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny,  etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com


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