Parents' Guide to

Arcademics

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Get helpful practice with lively math and language games.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Review from a Math Teacher

I'm a math teacher so I can only speak on the math section. We used this to warm up the kids during remote learning. We created private games so only our class would have access to the games we were playing. I love it because it's both fun and educational. I also liked the fact that since you don't have to enter a student roster, there's no need to worry about security concerns. The competition aspect encourages kids to do better, and may even inspire them to practice on their own. Especially if real prizes are involved. One thing I didn't like is that some of the games only allow 4 players. I wish there were more 12 player games available. The ability to host a game without actually having to join in would be nice as well. We played these games for over 3 months, and I didn't notice any glitches. We'll be playing these games on our iPads even when we are able to go back into the classroom.
age 6+

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 cities, decimals, fractions and vowel combinations, too. Many games have the ability to play with others in your class or individually. This site really helps my third graders stay focused on learning.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

Website Details

  • 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 (basic version is free)
  • Last updated: May 14, 2020

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