Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

WARREN Buckleitner

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

WARREN Buckleitner

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Math 2 (*****)

School Zone Interactive, www.schoolzone.com, 800-253-0564 Grade: 2 Teaches: Math, addition, subtraction, place value and counting Platform: Win, Mac OS, $19.99

For second graders seeking extra math practice, this is a must-have product. It's educational, entertaining and well designed. Plus, it's accompanied by a 32-page workbook. After signing in for the first time, kids see a short explanation on how to use the program. The software leads the child through the activities beginning with easy things like single digit addition and progressing to more difficult skills.

Content covers single, double and triple addition and subtraction, place value and beginning multiplication. Many of the 30 activity pages have help sections where new skills are explained, and all of the pages have sets of exercises.

On the computation pages, for instance, kids first use the mouse as a pencil to complete the problem, borrowing and carrying (regrouping) just as they would via pencil and paper. Then they type in their answer. Each activity page is self-correcting, and kids can go back at any time to fix mistakes.

Lest all this sounds dry, it's really not. Silly animations are shown in between activity pages, and brief, fun arcade games are generously dropped into the mix, providing spontaneous study breaks. When all activity pages are completed correctly, children can print out a certificate and play more games. They can also print out many of the activity pages for completion away from the computer. And get this--if kids want to play the program over again, they press the "recycle" arrow and new problems are generated for almost all pages. Super!

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GeoSafari Knowledge Pad: Beginning Math (*****)

Educational Insights, www.edin.com, 800-995-4436 Grades: K-1 Teaches: Math, counting, number recognition, money skills, skip counting, sequencing, measurement, addition, subtraction and number comparisons Platform: Mac OS, $24.95

Here is yet another winner from the GeoSafari Knowledge Pad series. The action begins as you set the onscreen Knowledge Pad to your game specifications: one player or two, bonus questions or not and so on. …

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