Free Software for Children and Teens

Computers can be one of the most helpful tools for helping your child learn at home, whether he or she is studying for a test or simply needs to brush up on a few skills. Read on to find out about a handful of websites that offer free learning software that you can use to help your child.

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Sheppard Software's Free Software

Sheppard Software offers free software for a variety of lessons. Although technically aimed at teachers and schools, there's no reason these lessons can't be useful for your child at home. You can find games in world geography, history, math and the SAT. Once you found a game that will help your child, click on the orange link to download it.

For free, online games and tutorials, check out the 'Kid's Corner' page. You can use most of these resources in your browser without having to download anything. One science lesson available on this page is about the food chain. The lesson discusses producers and consumers, bigger food chains, decomposers and photosynthesis. There's also a food chain game that your child can play to reinforce the material.

Geography and Reading Software from Owl and Mouse

For free, educational software, look no further than Owl and Mouse. Geography and reading are the two major focuses of this site. The list of resources includes downloadable software as well as activities you and your child can do without a computer. Some of the free software programs you can find on this site include Bridge to Reading, Learn Letters and U.S. Map Puzzle. You will also find instructions on how to uninstall these programs.

Software for Young Kids from ABC Kid Genius

If you have a young child, then the software from ABC Kid Genius can help him or her learn some reading basics. The software is designed for babies, toddlers, preschool kids, kindergartners, early elementary students and children who are learning English as a second language. ABC Kid Genius is a single software program you can download for no charge that includes pictures, sounds and videos to help your child learn letters, read and more, depending on his or her age and level. Some of the topics you can expect your child to learn about are numbers, counting, the alphabet, reading and spelling.

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