Friday, February 25, 2011

MathRider: Mastery of Mathematics in a Land of Adventure

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As I've said before, I am not a math mom.  I don't like flash cards. I'm not a fan of drills.  What I am is completely thrilled that there are so many great options available for learning math facts in creative and intelligent ways.  MathRider is high on my list of recommended math facts software.

Most children love adventure and fantasy.  MathRider makes use of this by sending the student on a quest in a fantastical land.  As they ride their horse across imaginative backdrops in search of their quest item (magical flowers for example), they must solve simple math equations. What makes MathRider different from many of the other math drill programs out there is that the software analyzes the answers and tailors the questions to the facts the student needs to practice.  This keep it from becoming repetitive and allows for quicker learning in trouble areas.

Another difference is that MathRider covers all four basic operations in one game and is usable for more than one player.  This is great for homeschoolers with more than one child, as each child can play at their own level. 

We have used and reviewed several math games and programs in our homeschool.  We have enjoyed many of them.  Some we still use. One we still subscribe to and enjoy.  We don't need any more math programs.  Yet my two youngest enjoyed MathRider so much that they're hoping I buy it for our own homeschool when I receive the school budget for the next school year.  I guess that's a pretty good recommendation!

Check out the YouTube video describing the program:

Math Rider is currently available as an instant download for the sale price of $37, with the listed retail value at $49.95.


*Disclosure: I received a free trial of this software for review purposes. For more reviews of this product and others, visit the TOS Crew site.*

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