Educational Software

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Educational software boasts multiple advantages over "bricks-and-mortar" products such as board games and card games. Computer games are more robust and adaptable than their offline counterparts and are virtually inexhaustible. With a few lines of code, a programmer can accommodate for literally millions of variations and permutations. Compare this with the limitations of pencil-and-paper-based instructional programs that are forced to recycle their content.

Second, educational software is customizable. Has your child already mastered counting and grouping? Has he or she aced the third-grade-reading-level vocabulary list? If so, eliminate these concepts or words from successive levels of play and force your child to take on new challenges. It's okay to acknowledge a job well done, but lingering over past triumphs can also breed a false sense of security with the material.

More Perks of Educational Software

One of the most compelling reasons to purchase educational software for younger students is the outstanding imagination and originality that go into it. Software companies work with award-winning writers and designers to create characters that are realistic and memorable, whether they're grounded in reality or pure fantasy. Digital animation has come so far that mouth movements are almost perfectly synched with speech, making it appear as though characters are directly addressing the youngsters themselves.

Finally, educational software is diagnostic, meaning it can often determine where your child already is in his or her skill-apprehension. As a result, programs can tailor questions that gradually increase in difficulty as your child improves. That way, there's never the danger of your child outpacing the game and rendering it obsolete.

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