Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Facts First

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Photobucket Facts First is an online math practice subscription site. It's distributed by Saxon Homeschool but don't let that scare you. Created by Skills Tutor, a sister company to Saxon, it is not connected to the famous math books but is designed to supplement any math curriculum.

This site keeps it simple by focusing on basic math skills- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The student creates a character, works his way through a lesson, and then has five (timed) minutes to play a game, using the facts he just practiced.
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I loved this site from the minute we logged on.  It's bright and cheery and makes even math seem fun.  If you can make me think math looks like fun, you've won me over immediately.  My kids felt the same way, and even with an overabundance of math drill programs, were happy to try it out.   

They enjoyed the site as well, loved the way everything looked, and only had one complaint.  They were looking for instructions for the game play and weren't able to find them.  With a five minute time limit, we didn't take the time to search either.

 Aside from that, this was a winner.  If we hadn't already purchased a different math drill program for this year, we may have been persuaded to continue with Facts First after our complimentary 90 days end.  This is one that I would highly recommend and just absolutely love the graphics and design.  Check out the pictures in this post and see if you agree!

A one year subscription for up to four students is available for $49.99.


*Disclosure: A 90 day subscription to FactsFirst was provided at no cost for review purposes.*


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