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Scholastic Keys

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Scholastic Keys
Tom Snyder Productions

The Bottom Line

Your child will leave elementary school knowing how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint - a vital skill for success in the upper grades.
  • Adapts easily for younger to older children
  • Version 1.2 allows you to insert pictures from your files
  • Reads back what is written in MaxWrite (Word)
  • Must update Microsoft service packs before installation
  • Can only open one document at a time
  • Template variety is very limited


  • Publisher: Tom Snyder Productions, A Scholastic Company
  • Software Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 SP3, XP SP1; Office 2000 SR2, XP SP1, 2003
  • System Minimum: Pentium III 500 Mhz or higher; 800X600 16 bit color (best at 1024X768 24 bit color)
  • Age Range: Grades K-5
  • Price: $59

Guide Review - Scholastic Keys

Most elementary kids have little interest in learning Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint; they're just too boring and complicated. Scholastic Keys takes your Microsoft Office and turns it into a kid-friendly tool with simplified task bars and easy-to-find graphic enhancements for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Parents will need to help the child learn the icons and features at first, but soon the child will be writing reports and making presentations with minimal help from parents. The program retains many powerful Office features such as tables, charts, and formulas. You can show or hide the task bars for these features depending on your child's level. Start with the basics for your little ones.

Older kids find Microsoft Office programs indispensable at homework time. Now younger kids can use the same tools and be ahead of the game when they advance to Office. The task bars and icons in Keys are the same as Office, just larger and more prominent. Your child will master the buttons for New Documents, Cut, Copy, Paste, and so on quickly. Then, when they start using Office, it will be very familiar to them.

Overall, this is a powerful learning tool for elementary kids, and it has a lot of fun features. I highly recommend Scholastic Keys as a must-have software program for elementary children.

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