Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Math Rider - a review
I love being a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. My family has been introduced to a wide variety of great homeschool products because of it. Naturally, math is a big part of school, and this month, we've been reviewing a resource that is hands down, one of my (and my girls') favorite math product to date.
Math Rider is a downloadable program that supplements any math curriculum that you might be using with your children.
Created by Thomas Brand for his own struggling child, this math game will help your student learn their arithmetic operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - in an imaginative and fun manner.
Your child will create his/her own rider, and then, as they travel astride their trusty horse named Shadow, they will make their way through the lovely Land of Ray. Shadow is able to jump over hurdles with every correct math answer, and ultimately get to the end of various quests.
Each section begins with a little backstory that sets up the reason for your rider's quest, and the successful completion results in different rewards. As you make your way through the land, there is pleasant music and pretty scenery in the background.
One really cool aspect of this program is how it adjusts up or down to your child's ability. It keeps track of how fast or slow the problems are answered, and then paces accordingly. It does the same thing as it relates to the accuracy of the answers. Math Rider will bring back the Math facts that need a little more practice.
Our family actually reviewed this product about a year ago. We loved it then, and we love it just as much, if not more, now! My daughter was struggling in retaining her math facts, and flashcards weren't cutting it. I credit this program with helping her turn a corner and start enjoying the subject more.
We use this 4 or 5 times a week, along with our regular math curriculum for extra practice. I have yet to have to convince any of the girls to take their turn with this. It's simply fun practice for them. I'm glad that we were introduced to it so early on in their math education, because we can now use it as they move into multiplication and division.
I have also found it to be worth the price at $47.00, as it includes free updates for life. It's been a terrific fit for us, and every time I hear someone talk about their struggling math students, I tell them about this program.
It works on both Windows and Mac.
You can even try it out for a week and see how it works for your family. C'mon, that's a pretty good deal, don't you think?
Ages: Grades 2-6
Price: $47.00 Instant Download Includes Free Updates For Life!
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