Many experts believe that video games offer so much more than just entertainment value. The truth is, video games are actually good in some ways. They promote social interaction and friendship, may enhance your memory skills, eye-hand coordination. Additionally, video games encourage physical activity, critical thinking and problem solving.
It has always been thought video games do not encourage children to have good behavior; they tend to have a bad reputation. Although, some of those claims may be deserved, there are many video games created with the aim of educating young people. Here we review some video games and the benefits they may offer you and your children.
My Word Coach
This game has been created by linguists, specially to help young students in their development, improving verbal communication. Available for Wii and Nintendo DS, My word Coach contains six different games, to improve the use of words. Best of all, the game comes with the pronunciations of over 17,000 words.
Like many other games, this one deals with a lot of subjects, for the players. It consists of rounds of electronic arts questions, ranging from history, sports and science, forcing players to show their skills to get the answers. Even parents enjoy these types of games, while children learn about a broad array of topics.
Reader Rabbit is a series, containing reading games, with a span of several levels related to learning. It even includes resources for students of both lower and higher grades. This game helps children improve their reading, memory and have fun, while passing each test of the mini-games. It also helps kids that, from a young age, are interested in the challenges and of course, have fun.
Escape Adventure Island
This is one of the video games Jump Start offers for the Wii platform. With this game, the youngest and curious will enter a 3D environment, in which they’ll be offered exercises to improve their math skills, reading and critical thinking, as they advance and win virtual rewards. It is very important for those who are becoming teenagers.
Magic School Bus Oceans
Magic School Bus is another series of games that really claim to have spectacular ways for the little ones in the house, to learn while having fun, being educated completely unknown to them. In these games, players will have to explore the ocean, and move forward with a series of lessons, and different educational games.
These, and many more games, are created by specialists for the learning of children, youth, and even parents! We invite you to try each of them and tell us what you think about them. Remember that not every video game has a bad reputation. You just have to know how to choose the ones that best help, with your learning.