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    Math & English for 12 year old

    I live in Kenya and I gave my old computer to the daughter of an employee of mine. She is 12 years old.I gave her a few games (but I didn't have many suited for a young girl). She is going off to boarding school in January and I would like to buy her some software to assist her in improving her English and Math skills. It is an old computer (200 Mhz) so it won't take anything too sophisticated but it has a CD drive. I would appreciate any suggestions or even a place to start looking. Thanks.

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    Re: Math & English for 12 year old

    Hi Bob

    There's a lot of educational software out there on the web. You can't go wrong browsing and downloading <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware... no loss if no good! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Sites like these can be found on Google:
    Educational Freeware
    Freeware Educational Software - Free Downloads

    As a learning aid to English (as well as a general writing tool) WordWeb: Free thesaurus dictionary receives lots of praise. FreeVerbix -- conjugate verbs in 100+ languages and Vocabulary Builder look interesting. Happy hunting.

    Alan

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    Re: Math & English for 12 year old

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Jezza on 03-Dec-06 19:28. realised it was not Bob's daughter so rephrased the question slightly)</P>Hi Bob

    Is your employee's daughter's first language English or is it Swahili or Kiswahili? I understand that administration is by English but I thought this may make a difference to the answer. Will the young lady be boarding in Kenya or another country?

    My daughter is 12 years old and is in a grammar school here in England where she learning a more classic style of English. Sorry for all the questions but I was just trying to get a little background?
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    Re: Math & English for 12 year old

    Alan,
    Many thanks. I will have to go through these sites but a quick look seems to indicate that there is some interesting stuff (and it is free). Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.

    Bob

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    Re: Math & English for 12 year old

    Jerry,

    Thanks for the response. Actually her first language is Luo (there are 44 tribes in Kenya and all have their own language (and most are not similar). She takes classes in English and one of her subjects is Kiswahili (technically the language is kiswahili but there is a tribe on the coast that are Swahlil). Her grades in English and Math have been weak and I though a fun game that also could teach would be a great supplement.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Math & English for 12 year old

    Thanks for the background and the languages, it is amazing , I had never realised the number of languages.

    My daughters used CD Roms and books by Dorling and Kindersley, fantastic resources. Have a look at

    http://www.dk.com/

    Then follow the links through. They have reading and lesson for all age groups so could be an option. There are some great options in the SA site with links to some great software for all ages and levels. The Learning Ladder are particularly good as you can specify what age you want to enter in the software. Worth a look <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Math & English for 12 year old

    You might find this site useful for the English side of things.
    <font color=blue><font face="Script MT Bold"><big>Rob</big></font face=script></font color=blue>

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