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Math & German Spelling Software Games For 4 Grade?

My daughter is in the 4 grade in the local Swiss school and I'm on the look out for so some software programs the she can use to work on her math. and German spelling. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Re: Math & German Spelling Software Games For 4 Grade?

What kind of math is she doing right now?

Supplementing math at home takes a light touch. What you don't want to do is give her all the new and interesting concepts right away, only for her to be bored six weeks later when the teacher starts covering those topics in class and she knows all about it. That's the point where a lot of kids switch from loving math to hating math class, and then by extension math.

Either drill on what she already knows (e.g. flash card games for multiplication tables) or introduce side topics you don't think the teacher will cover at all (Fibonacci numbers, divisibility tests, binary and other bases.) The former is a lot easier to provide with computer programs, the latter will take more of your time doing projects with her.
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Supplementing math at home takes a light touch.
Repetition is what we're after, not new stuff. She is not so hot on the math. and I'm looking for some kind of games or whatever, that would get her doing a bit more.

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Re: Math & German Spelling Software Games For 4 Grade?

My daughter also started grade 4 and struggles with math. We bought her "Blitzrechnen" (in a yellow CD case) which seems to help. She knew it already from school where she had extra help for the first 2 years.
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Repetition is what we're after, not new stuff. She is not so hot on the math. and I'm looking for some kind of games or whatever, that would get her doing a bit more.

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There's a DOS program called "mcastle" I used to use when I was that age. Dunno if it'll run under modern Windows or not, but it's basically flash cards with a storyline (defend your ascii-art castle from the attacking ascii-art aliens by answering math questions fast enough to recharge the castle shields.)

If you want I can ask my folks, pretty sure they've got a copy around still.
EDIT: found it online: here.

Someone else may have more modern suggestions, though.
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