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3 Essential software buys for elementary students

In this day and age, kids are always on the computer. With these essential software buys for elementary students, your children won’t be wasting time online; rather, they’ll be learning while they have a whole lot of fun. These three software programs for kids teach the fundamentals of typing, music and art through interactive, challenging computer games, activities and lessons.

1JumpStart TypingJumpStart Typing

Designed for kids ages 7 to 10, JumpStart Typing helps your child learn the keyboard and practice his typing through arcade-style games, timed lessons and other challenging activities. This software features Rockin’ Rock Climbing, where the child must type his way to the top while avoiding obstacles; Ultimate Skateboarding, where he will master skateboard tricks while practicing his typing; and Radical Snowboarding, where he must type in the correct letter combinations as he races down the slopes. Movie clips teach hand placement and other typing fundamental skills. The levels adjust as your child’s abilities grow. With more than 30 lessons, kids can improve their typing speed and accuracy while having fun.

2Music Ace DeluxeMusic Ace Deluxe

Many schools cutting back their music programs, but your child can still learn to love and appreciate music at home. Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Deluxe features complete music lessons for beginners. Your child can learn all the basics of music theory, rhythm, pitch, note reading, listening and the keyboard through 36 self-paced lessons. Kids also love learning about music, composing their own songs and listening to their own creations with the software’s creative Music Doodle Pad. Music Ace Deluxe is appropriate for students of any type of instrument. This software will challenge and motivate her to learn the ins and outs of music theory and composition.

3Kid PixKid Pix Deluxe 4

Your child might be too young to master Adobe PhotoShop, but that doesn’t mean she can’t create on the computer. With the Kid Pix graphics software, she can select from a variety of art media (paint, watercolor, pencil, crayon, marker, etc.) and use various finishing techniques and special effects. Many kids use this software at school, so they’ll be thrilled to have it at home to complete projects or just have fun. Designed for ages 4 and up, you’ll find that any elementary school student will love to explore and create with Kid Pix.

Check out some of the fun things that Kid Pix Deluxe 4 can do in this video below:

Many software programs have trial versions or practice lessons available online, so that you (and your child) can try out the program before you make your final purchase. No matter your child’s age or interests, you can find fun computer software that will stimulate and engage his mind, while allowing him to learn new, creative, yet practical skills.

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