Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mad Dog Math

Toss out those old flashcards! With the plethora of math drill computer programs available today, there is sure to be one that fits your family. We've had the opportunity to review several in the past few years and they all have one thing in common- their purpose. Every math drill program exists to help cement the math facts into the student's memory. So where does the difference lie? In style and structure.

PhotobucketMad Dog Math is a simple math facts program that uses the time honored tradition of timed drills. It covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and is designed for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Using fact families, Mad Dog Math times your student as they race against the clock to make it into the 2 Minute Club. Once this has been achieved, they strive toward the 1 Minute Club and then the even more challenging 30 Second Club. When they have completed each goal, they receive a virtual sticker that remains in a box to the top right of the screen.


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This is a no frills program with an uncluttered screen, which may work well for those who prefer limited "bells & whistles". If you like the simple format but don't think your kids are ready to be timed, you have the option of turning off the timer. The reward stickers will not be awarded, but this allows sufficient practice so that they may find later success with the timer.

While Mad Dog Math does everything it promises, we tend to prefer the flashy graphics, the tied in story lines, the "bells & whistles". This was not our favorite math facts product, but I know it will appeal to many others for the same reason it does not appeal to us. In the end, it's all about style and personal preference.

Mad Dog Math is available for $19.99 for a year, $29.99 for two years, or $39.99 for a perpetual license. If you'd like to check it out for yourself, download the FREE TRIAL.



*Disclosure: A trial version of this product was provided at no cost for review purposes. A positive review was not required, merely an honest one. If you'd like to see what others thought of this product and more, please visit the TOS Crew.*

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