Arcademic Skill Builders

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Get helpful practice with lively math and language games.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn math, language arts, geography, and critical thinking skills. Math games provide addition, subtraction, fraction, ratio, division, decimal, and multiplication experience, while language arts lessons include subject-verb agreement; antonym, synonym, and homonym identification; capital city memorization help; and typing practice. Younger users can work on time telling, shape and letter recognition, and counting skills. Kids can customize games' pace and difficulty, getting detailed feedback each time. The site doesn't have dozens of games for each subject, but its lively, fun selection will keep kids coming back.

Positive Messages

Games make learning about math, language, and other topics fun.

Violence & Scariness

Some games involve shooting, but there's no gore involved.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

An educator version of the site, featuring helpful learning resources, costs from $5 per student to $100 per 20-student classroom a year, but the gratis version is generally ad-free.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids don't have to register for this educational game site; they can play its math, vocabulary, and other-subject-related games for free without logging in. Multiplayer games can be made private with a password so kids only face off against users they know. They create temporary user IDs before playing a game, and the IDs aren't saved in the system. Arcademic ("arcade" plus "academic" -- get it?) Skill Builder's games are appropriate for a variety of ages; preschoolers can learn shapes while their siblings figure out decimals.
 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 and 17 year old Written byDiane Sampson March 5, 2015

Competitive platform for learning fun!

Race cars and tugboats, Koalas and Penguins! Wide variety of learning games that help with Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division facts, capital ci... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytheodaboss January 10, 2018

Awful!!!!!!

VERY INAPROPRIET

What's it about?

ARCADEMIC SKILL BUILDERS is a website featuring games that can help first through sixth graders practice math, language arts, and critical-thinking skills. More than 55 games are grouped into more than 15 subject areas, ranging from shapes to algebra and geography. Each is labeled with the skills kids will utilize and the number of players. Games are listed by grade, and kids can choose their desired difficulty level. Kids get immediate, detailed feedback after each game, including correct answers to any questions they missed, an accuracy score, and a per-minute response rate to help them improve their performance on future tries.

Game themes vary and star aliens, octopi, kittens, and Jet Skis depending on which game kids are playing. For example, in Dolphin Dash, kids add coins correctly to make a dolphin win a race. Capital Penguin helps kids learn state capitals. Most games include thorough instructions. Kids can customize the game speed and difficulty level; they also can see correct and missed answers and other performance data after playing.

Is it any good?

The fun, fast games on Arcademic Skill Builders are a clever way to get kids interested in math, English, and geography. The graphics are nothing to write home about, but they're charming enough, and the design is simple for kids to navigate. The site's games effectively reinforce key skills such as addition and subtraction, and kids should enjoy competing against other players from all over the world.

Arcademic Skill Builders also deserves some kudos for its safety precautions. Kids can play the games without entering anything but a temporary username that isn't saved in the system. If their teacher has an account, kids' performance can be tracked -- but they can still safely play multiplayer games without any concern that other users will try to contact them. 

An educator-oriented paid version of the site, Arcademics Plus, has a number of extras to help kids learn more, including lessons on items they missed and the ability to save and monitor game performance. The free version doesn't offer the same tracking capabilities –- kids will need to print out their stats to gauge progress. But they'll still get plenty of critical thinking and skills practice, which is valuable even if they don't create a system to chart their improvement.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which games your child found most helpful. Which helped your child understand math better? Did any games help your child learn new words or concepts?

  • Site games are timed, so kids are working against the clock. Ask your child which is more important: doing something quickly or doing it well? Talk about balancing time and accuracy when taking a test or performing a task.

  • Kids see the answers at the end of each game. Which questions did your child think were confusing or hard? Ask why; discuss your child's line of reasoning; and explain the answers to any questions your child missed.

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