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Monday, October 20

Introducing SuperKids® Apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! Check out these new educational tools to help your kids learn on the go.
Educational Software Reviews

Keyboard Classroom
  Helps users, esp. beginners, learn to type through a series of increasingly difficult drills and one minute “fluency” tests. Designed for students with learning disabilities, but usable by anyone.

Volume 1: Basic Vocabulary and Fingerspelling
  Teaches over 450 vocabulary words in American Sign Language, using a combination of video demonstration, and illustrations. Good for anyone interested in expanding their ASL vocabulary.

It's the Big Game Charlie Brown!
  A quasi-adventure/life-simulation game centered on the user helping Charlie Brown recruit and play a baseball game. Best for patient young children learning to play baseball.

Leapster Pet Pals
  Features a wide range of age- and skill-level-appropriate games for its young players. Good entertainment value, and a fun way for kids to do a little brainwork. As a purely educational tool, it is probably best for the pre-school set.

The Eency Weency Spider
  Beautifully illustrated and clearly narrated, with English subtitle and Spanish narration options. Lack of interactivity limits educational value. Best as a travel distraction for young non-readers.

Algebrator
  A program for solving a large range of math equations frequently covered in algebra classes. Best for students with a good understanding of math principles, but need some help, or wish to check their answers.

StudyX
  Study anything. This program allows you to create your own digital and printable flashcards, study sheets, multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank tests. Best for students who like to create their own study and review materials.

Reading Detective Beginning
  One of the best programs we have seen for teaching reading comprehension skills. But successful completion will require adult authority for all but the most driven young students.

DreamBox Learning K-2 Math
  A web-based, self-paced, adaptive, interactive program. Appropriate for extra practice at home or school, or as the basis for a homeschooling class.

Language Arts Review 3a - Advanced Level with Sports
  Study Word Families and Patterns, Syllables, Antonyms and Synonyms, Homophones and Homographs, Classifying and Sorting, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Reading Comprehension Strategies, and Spelling -- all in a sports game theme.

Mia's Reading Adventure: Bugaboo Bugs
  A wide variety of reading skills exercises, in a fun, adventure story format.

My Electric Guitar
  A great way to learn electric guitar, with 60 lessons focused on rock music.

My Guitar
  Provides a surprisingly effective way to learn acoustic guitar, and manages to make learning and practicing fun.

Crazy Machines 2
  A puzzle game taken to the extreme. For parents looking for a challenge that they can share with their kids, this may be it.

Sight Words with Samson
  Teaches kids to recognize 224 of the most common words in the English language without sounding them out... to recognize them by sight.

Professor Finkle's Basic Division
  Successfully teaches introductory division through lesson videos, games, and printable worksheets, making the topic as fun as possible.

Playing Music
  Focuses on the dynamics of music, and how different styles of play produce different results. Best for those who really enjoy music and want to understand it better.

Crazy Machines 1.5
  A puzzle game in which players are presented with objectives and parts. The parts must be placed/arranged in constructed formations that accomplish the objective. Younger players may need parental support.

Tooning Up - the C Major Scale
  Teaches the notes of the C major scale through lessons and games. Best for young kids still learning music notation.

Time Engineers
  Travel back in time to see and recreate historical examples of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering at work, like catapults, pyramids, submarines and radar. Use the math, or click-and-guess to find optimal solutions.

Leapster: Scholastic Clifford The Big Red Dog Reading
  A fun and captivating way to learn basic reading and writing skills, and build some vocabulary for preschoolers.

SuperGrades
  A surprisingly engaging learning skills program that provides instruction in simple skills and tools designed to help improve school performance.

What Smart Kids Know About Endangered Species
  Introduces the causes of animal endangerment using an interactive book format. Best for young creative children.

Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa
  A simulation game where players learn the importance of a balanced ecosystem. Best for patient kids who like to play - not shoot - animals!

Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave
  A mystery and clue-finding program that requires attention to detail and mental focus.

Words Rock!
  A strong drill and test vocabulary/spelling/grammar program, hidden in a modest search game. The educational component will be attractive to parents and teachers, as well as to those students who want to learn or challenge themselves.

Joe Rock and Friends
  Three fun stories, in three languages each, offer reading, listening, and speaking practice. Best for young, learning to read, native speakers in English, French or Spanish. Also good for early new language learners.

Hooked on Spanish
  Does a reasonable job in introducing and providing practice opportunities for some basic Spanish vocabulary. Unfortunately, our reviewers felt that the range of material presented was too limited.

Bridge Construction Set
  A cross between a civil engineering tool and a virtual erector set, with a touch of demolition derby thrown in for fun.

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  - Hangman
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Famous Quote of the Day
Great discussion starters, these encompass famous works and historical figures.

SuperKids Brain Food
Stumped? Looking for a new idea? Daily food for thought, from CreativeThink.

Logic Games
  - Battleship!
  - Classic Checkers
  - Dots/Squares
  - Towers of Hanoi
  - Peg
  - Tic-Tac-Toe

Studying for the SATs?
Next exams - 2014: Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6. 2015: Jan 24, Mar 14, May 2, Jun 6
  - SAT Vocab iPhone/iPad App
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  - SAT Word-of-the-Day
  - PSAT / SAT Vocabulary Flashcards
  - SAT Hangman


SuperKids Marketplace
The best books and videos for your family.

Reading Corner
Award winners for pre-readers, young readers, teens and parents!

Movie Corner
Classics, favorites, and award winners for the family.



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10 Things I Wish I'd Known in High School
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Remote Tech Support: Grandpa's Computer
The phone rings. Again. You close your eyes and listen as he decribes the problem...

Should Summertime = Studytime?
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Parents, Kids, and Pornography on the Internet
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How to Prepare for the SAT
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