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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.
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.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, spelling, vocabulary
Math: addition, counting, division, fractions, money, multiplication, ratio, shapes, subtraction
Social Studies: geography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free, Paid
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