Wacky Windows

 
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Kids' progress reports add value to British edu-gaming site.

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There's one ad on the "links" page.

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Parents create their kids' accounts and can keep track of their progress with a scorebook (a premium feature).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this British educational site is safe and appropriate for preschoolers and older to use with an adult's guidance. Kids will learn about shapes and colors, practice simple math problems, and identify letters and words. The site says it's free to register, but that's a little misleading since you have to pay for the best features (premium games, tracking your child's progress).

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Kids who are learning simple math, reading, and spatial skills will enjoy the animated games on WACKY WINDOWS, a British educational site featuring a character named Harry who helpfully reads each activity's instructions, delivering enthusiastic praise or gentle correction based on kids' answers. The site's demo version includes a few games and encourages parents to sign up for a "free" account. But as it turns out, the "free" account only opens up content about recipes and common childhood maladies; to access more games and useful interactive features, parents will have to cough up a monthly fee. You can subscribe and receive a week for free -- which, if you're interested in supplemental online education for your child -- is a good way to evaluate the site's offerings.

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Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byparentfinder October 22, 2009
 

An excellent education platform.

I have visited the site and think it is actually brilliant! They have so many free interactive games and activities and ideas for you to do with your children, even cooking recipes. They also have a lot of information on illnesses. There are also free interactive flash cards which are fully spoken. If you do pay the 99p a week which is value for money to be able to view your children's scores and access the full range of games they have on offer. I like it! Well done. Kane Knowles Parent Finder
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