Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mathletics


Mathletics is an online, subscription based math supplement for grades K-8. Utilizing most students love for the computer and healthy competition, Mathletics provides both challenges and rewards. When the account is created, the student is able to design a character that becomes their icon or avatar. My children designed these to look like themselves and there were enough options available that they were able to create a pretty close match. As the student progresses through their grade curriculum, they earn points that are used for rewards. These points are used to customize their character. The student may buy various clothing, accessories, and backgrounds for your character. They are also used to create the "Hall of Fame" on the home page, where the top students and classes in the world and the USA are listed. These students can earn virtual trophies as well as the honor of seeing their names listed in the Top 100.

My kids favorite part of Mathletics would have to be the 1 minute math challenges against kids all over the world (levels 1-5). They find a game and race to see who can solve the problems the quickest. They are LOVING this and really enjoy racing against the clock, each other, and students from all over the world. There is no chat option, so parents can feel safe allowing their children to play.

Printable certificates are also available, as well as "instant workbooks". These supplementary worksheets are found in the parent account. This seems to be a newer addition and not all levels are accessible as of this review.

With the exception of my youngest son, the math whiz, we are not a math family. I have spent many years trying different math programs and supplements and most are not successful in our family. Anything that focuses on math practice and drills has been extremely unpopular. So I was shocked when my four youngest children (the ones who have been "test driving" this for me) asked if we could please subscribe to Mathletics after the review program! I am in the process of trying to make that happen and have to say that I am very pleased with this program and, with our math history, did not expect to be saying that.

Mathletics is available as an individual yearly subscription for $59 per child. If you enter the Human Calculators favorite number when ordering (9), the price will drop to $49.95.

1 comment:

Debra said...

Lori -- this was a hit with some of my less math loving kids too. I was surprised to have certain children begging to renew.

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