Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Quarter Mile Math Software







The Quarter Mile Math software helps kids drill their math facts independently and without resorting to flashcards. Instead, they race cars or riderless horses and compete against their previous scores as they quickly solve math problems.

I was already familiar with The Quarter Mile Math as we owned the original version years ago. At that time, my kids were more enthralled with software that included music and characters and was a bit more flashy. I agreed and it was shelved rather quickly (and has mysteriously disappeared). Years have gone by and my kids are not the strongest in their math drill. I am not a flashcard fan and now see the benefit in this program. It may not be the flashiest or the most fun, but it's a great way for kids to practice their math facts quickly and effectively.

We received the Deluxe version, which includes every topic they provide and is designed for grades K-9. This is a subscription program (as opposed to the Standard version) and will track all of your children's progress via Internet. The Standard is a one time purchase while the Deluxe is a subscription option (There is a comparison chart on their web site that lists the differences between the two versions and is helpful in deciding which is the best fit). It's an affordable subscription service though, at only $2.95 per month per family. One year ($19.95 per family) and two year ($34.95 per family) subscriptions are also available. There is no added charge for the software itself, making it a very reasonably priced product in my view!

Their website provides a great overview of the system, even allowing you to download a demo and try it out yourself. They've recently added a special section for homeschoolers, including printable progress charts and instructions for creating family tournaments. There's even a Users forum for questions, comments or added ideas.

My bottom line: I find this to be a dated program in graphics and style. However, it does what it sets out to do and that's drill math facts in a more enjoyable manner than flashcards (some of you may love flashcards, that's fine too!). It's very reasonably priced, the whole family can use it, and it covers a large age range. I plan to assign this to my kids this school year, as they need the help in recalling their math facts quickly. As a mom of seven, the fact that they can work independently on this is a huge plus. The Quarter Mile Math is an effective, no prep way to drill those math facts- and that I like.

Update: The Quarter Mile Math is offering $5 off any product. Use the coupon code- 7K7R7 in the appropriate section on the order form. This code is good until September 30, 2009.

2 comments:

Debra said...

Lori --You know, I think that is my favorite thing about QuarterMile Math... that the kids can actually do it on their own.

Kela said...

Two of my boys are enjoying this. At this stage (okay..for the rest of their lives) it's all about the race. LOL

Great review!!!

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