ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Computer games that help my kids learn

Updated on January 3, 2012
JumpStart game putting part of the alphabet in the correct order
JumpStart game putting part of the alphabet in the correct order
another JumpStart game
another JumpStart game

Kids these days have to have knowledge of computers just to do their homework! How nuts is that? Some schools even give the kids laptops or iPads so they are able to do their work at home. Everything has become so technology based these days it's hard to do anything without some kind of computer helping.

To help my kids learn about the computer I bought a game called JumpStart at a yard sale. I wasn't sure if it was something they would like doing or if it was even worth getting but I'm glad I did. Here's a little about JumpStart:

JumpStart has set the standard in kids’ educational software for over 15 years. Today, the JumpStart experience is more engaging, interactive, and fun than ever! JumpStart Advanced games are grade-based and range from toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-6, with grades 4-6 bundled in one package. They have a website and a blog where they post all the new things.

What I like most about this game is that it grows as your child learns the lessons. There are 12 steps to the game my kids play. The oldest is on the 6th step already! When the seasons change the game graphics change as well. Like for Thanksgiving there were leaves, fall colors, turkeys and all the festive stuff around the whole town. I'm able to go online and check out their progress and they can go back to any lower level at any time to play more if they would like. They get a pet in the game. A dog, cat or pig that they have to take care of. They feed it and water it and clean it. Dress it up and play with it even. It of course doesn't die if it doesn't get any of this but it is part of the quests to move on. When my son plays he's more worried about getting his dog clean then anything else. This game also helps them learn the use of the mouse and the keyboard. Also becoming a member online I am able to download all the JumpStart games to my computer for free. I can't wait to see what the other ones are like.

Adventure Workshop Game
Adventure Workshop Game

I have tried lots of other childrens PC games as well. Doing FCC in the past I had to have a wide range of things for kids to do to work on their computer skills. The Adventure Workshop, Reader Rabbit games are great for the toddlers and preschoolers. It's a lot easier to manuver and the games aren't as hard to get through. You don't have a progress on those and they don't grow with the child but they aren't always the same answers either. My son really loved playing the Reader Rabbit games in Italy, as did the other kids I watched.

Adventure Workshop also does games with Dr. Seuss and Arthur. My kids weren't real fond of the Arthur ones and got bored fast with the Dr. Seuss.

There are also a lot of online "free" games that kids can play. I don't like downloading a lot of things onto my computer if I don't have to so I don't allow my kids to play those.

It's amazing to me how much life has changed since I was a kid. I still remember the big 3 1/2 inch floppy discs, the DOS prompt, the dial up internet. I even grew up with 8 track tapes! At my kids' school everything in their school is Apple made. They even have iPads they let the kids use during the day and my kids are in Kindergarden and 1st grade! That's nuts to me but I'm so glad my kids are getting the experiance early in life.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks Brett.Tesol :) My kids LOVE the computer. It's always their first question when they walk through the door LOL

      Thanks for the update on SHARING. I'll be sure to go to the new one and start SHARING all over again :)

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      voted up, awesome and SHARED!

      As a teacher, I use many online games with my students to make classes more interesting for them. It is amazing what response you get from using a computer game, compared to normal teaching materials and yet you are teaching them the same subject matter.

      P.S. Glad you got many more readers from SHARING. The SHARING CLUB is now back online under "Do You Like to Share? Let's Help Everyone Get More Readers!". It had to be re-written from a social aspect to meet the T&Cs (completely my error, I hadn't realized).

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Starfall, I will most deffinately check it out Tiffany. Thanks!

    • profile image

      Tiffany 

      7 years ago

      Cassy check out starfall with the kids. We use that site alot at school

    • mljdgulley354 profile image

      mljdgulley354 

      7 years ago

      Great hub. Very informative.I am now watching my grandchildren using the computer. It amazes the things they are learning at such a young age.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks! I love that my kids like the computer so much. Dreading having to buy them each one but hey, that's part of life! Thanks again.

    • cpa profile image

      cpa 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      great hub my kids like storytimeforme thumbs up

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)