Monday, February 6, 2012

TOS Review: Math Rider






Recently we were able to try out a math game for kids.

Math Rider has been a great resource for us. My son is 9yrs old, and doing 6th grade math, but has one hang up. He can’t seem to master his multiplication tables. Which can slow down his math days sometimes. However, you ask him to find you the Mean, and he will whip that right up for ya! (He gets his math genius from his father, not me)



Math Rider is a program that is meant to help kids improve on their math skills, from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You can purchase the software here, for $37. It is designed to help elementary school kids up to around 6th grade.

This could be great for Homeschool kids, or public school kids that just need that extra boost on something that frustrates them, or they just need the extra help to master it.

You can register up to 8 kids on one license, so not an issue if you have more than one child in school.


A bit about the game…..

It works on four different operations with the numbers 1-12.. They work with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Then for each operation they have three levels, so you can start them out easy, and work their way up.. Which just helps to reinforce the learning.


Its quest and as they go along they have to answer the questions to keep going.. Throughout the story line is dragons, fairies, and wizards. Each quest is about 30 questions, so they are not to lengthy for even a child who is struggling.

Some of the things you need to know before purchasing Math Rider….

It uses Adobe Air Runtime, Requires about 80MB of space on your hard drive.

Your monitor (graphics card) needs to support at least a resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels.

It will run with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.




What we thought:

I primarily wanted to use this for Monkey Man, and that is who started out using this program.. but as time went on. I realized that my other two monkey’s could benefit from this game as well. While my Middle monkey is pretty great at math, she lacks confidence, and this has helped.

Little Monkey is just starting out with Addition and Subtraction, so it was a bit hard for her, but helped her to learn some new facts.

Middle monkey while was not thrilled with this at first, does not complain nearly as much about doing multiplication as he used too. He likes the fact that it is a game, and I like that he is thinking he is just playing a game, but is really learning at the same time! He has learned to do his times table a bit faster, but is still working on them.

I would have to say, I think this would be a great investment for your child, or children. I think this is something they can all benefit from.  You can use it in addition to your regular math, and just accent it as the “fun” time. Like my kids love to play “fun games” after we are done with school for the day. This is one I don’t mind them playing. (since I prefer educational ones)

Want to see what the rest of the Tos Crew is saying about Math Rider..



* I was given a free trial of Math Rider in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Crew. My opinions are 100% mine or my monkeys.

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