Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Math Facts Now

Math is not my favorite subject. It never has been. Because of this, I strive to enhance my daughter's math program as much as I can. This means that I love to add a variety of games, colorful counters, flashcards, and anything else to keep the mood light. I guess I just want to make it as palatable as I can for them. You might say that I overcompensate, and that would be an accurate conclusion. So, when the opportunity to review a new math software called Math Facts Now, I believe my first response was "YES!!"

Now, my oldest daughter has had a little bit of trouble memorizing her addition and subtraction's facts. but she does enjoy math, so she was more than happy to try out this program. We downloaded the software with anticipation. What fun would we find waiting for us in Math Facts Now? Cute colorful characters? Fun, flashy games? Catchy little jingles? Nope. None of those things. What we discovered was in fact a very simple format that allows the user to customize the lessons to meet the individual needs of each student. Let me tell you how it works.

Once you download Math Facts Now, you get to the main page where you add your students. For each child, you decide what you want to practice- addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Then, you choose the number of math problems, and how much time you want to allow your child to solve each one. Then, ready, set, go and work out those problems. Should the student make a mistake, Math Facts Now displays the correct answer, and then the student types in the complete problem and answer 2 or 3 times- you decide how many. I also need to mention that Math Facts Now allows you to go back and edit your existing lessons, if you want to change how long a time period to solve the problems, what kind of math facts to present, etc.. And create as many lessons as you like!
The program keeps track of each lesson and charts your child's progress in reports that may be viewed and/or printed. And let me tell you, the reports are very detailed! If you're satisfied with a basic description - how many problems were aswered correctly, for example, you can stop there. But, if you want more information, just doubleclick on a particular lesson, and you see that child 1 was working on addition, up to 10, took 6 seconds on average to answer each question, and got 5 problems wrong. Those little flashcards won't do that kind of work for you will they?

So simple, but really, so effective. I've tried other programs, and enjoyed their features, but I really do like Math Facts Now a lot. And most importantly, IT WORKS! My daughters have shown a good deal of improvement in just a month's time. And...they love to practice math with this software.

A few last details...

Math Facts Now is available as a download for $15.95 or as a CD for $15.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling. I think that once you try it you'll feel the same way that our family does - a great product at a great price!

** In exchange for the download version of Math Facts Now, I agreed to provide my honest review of it, with no additional compensation.**

Math Facts Now
Ages- K - 6
Download - $15.95

CD - $15.95 plus $3.95 S&H

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Front Royal,VA 22630

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