“We believe that every child is special and that education gives them the best opportunity to live life to the fullest.”
I normally wouldn’t start telling you about a company by quoting from their website, but I just loved this quote so much. I feel like that one sentence speaks volumes about the company as a whole. What is the website, you say? It is EdAlive and it is a website that has a lot of wonderful educational software programs.
My daughter, Olivia, received a one-year subscription to two of their programs:
We have all heard at one point or another that when you enjoy something, you are more apt to remember it. With that information, a lot of curriculum companies try to make learning fun.
The way technology and screens have taken over our lives over the last 20 years or so, a great way to make learning fun is by online games!
Here is what the “app store” on EdAlive looks like once you are signed in:
It shows you the software programs you have subscriptions to at the top and then it lists other apps they offer or will be offering below that. (I’m interested in checking out the “Words Rock” program once it’s available!)
And now on to the programs that my daughter has had access to for the last few weeks…
Typing Tournament Online
Let’s start with the typing program. I know a lot of “typing” these days is done with just thumbs or one or two fingers on a phone, but knowing how to type proficiently is still an important skill. I personally wouldn’t want to type out a book report or research paper using just my thumbs. Eek!
This program is for ages six and up. It will start with the basics of learning the home keys and goes up from there.
The way the program is designed to establish mastery. It has carefully sequenced sets of text that is designed to “reinforce the learning of the key strokes, build muscle memory and engage the learner” according to the “about” page in the software.
There are also British and American versions of the texts. You might think it doesn’t matter, but it takes out words that are commonly spelled differently, as well as silly things like removing the word “ass” as a home row practice word for the American learners. ;) Not the end of the world if were included, but it’s nice to know they have thought out the program so deeply.
There are 16 levels to the program and in order to complete the 16th level, you have to be typing at 48 words per minute.
Of course, all of the typing is done through fun. Olivia got to protect her castle from dragons and invading words!
Math Invaders Online
Next up is the math program. It is intended for students ages 5 to 15. The goal of this program is to improve your child’s mental math and fast math skills. These are such important skills to master that will help them in every math class they ever take. Not to mention helping them take their standardized tests, ACT, or SAT a little bit faster to save time on the things that might be more difficult for them. That comes in handy on tests that are timed!
Remember the arcade game “Space Invaders”? If you liked that game, you will like this software! Just be sure you let your child play too. ;)
It’s definitely easy to get sucked into the game! That’s a good thing though. I would much rather my daughter get sucked into a game that is helping her fast math skills than something where she’s doing just random things.
If you want to see how others have used these programs I suggest you click the banner below! I definitely suggest adding these games to your kid’s summer plans!