What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the site doesn't require users to register to access any of the games or learning tips -- anyone can just click and play. However, parents do have to sign up to receive the site's free e-newsletters, which feature activity ideas, learning tips, and homework help for kids. Past issues are also archived on the site and can be read without registering.
What's it about?
Game Classroom features dozens of games that reinforce math and language lessons, grouped by grade level and topic. Many of the games are housed on sites from companies like Scholastic and PBS, but kids can play them within the Game Classroom browser. Because the games come from other sources, their instruction level varies. Some include hints and additional information; others don't. To increase the education factor, Game Classroom also offers videos, worksheets, and other reference materials on topics such as fractions and spelling.
Is it any good?
From days-of-the-week questions for kindergarteners to geometry problems for sixth-graders, GAME CLASSROOM offers fun, informative ways to build on what kids are learning in school. The site's organization makes it easy to find age-appropriate activities. Parents will also find creative ideas about how to teach subjects to kids in the site's homework help sections.
Although some of the games are from other sites, kids can play them without ever leaving Game Classroom because the games appear within its browser window. While that ups the safety factor (kids shouldn't accidentally stumble across any objectionable sites, and the games come from kid-friendly sites like PBS Kids), they'll still see any ads that appear on the game site homepages.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what websites they think are best to play games on. How can you find Web sites that have age-appropriate games that you'd enjoy?
Why would a website from PBS be a better choice than a game site you found by Googling the word "games"?
What kind of games aren't OK to play? Do some games have too much violence?