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Friday, February 25, 2011

Product Review: Math Rider

Math Rider is a computer math program designed to help children master the fundamentals of math operations. It offers math practice in an easy and effective manner for all four math operations using numbers up to twelve.

The program is created using the highest levels of artificial intelligence and is able to determine quickly and accurately what the player knows and doesn't know. This eliminates unnecessary and boring drilling of facts, and jumps right onto mastery of concepts your student struggles with. It even takes into account such factors such as personal computer skills and will actually slow down or speed up the game depending on the players typing ability.

Set in a land of fantasy, your child must complete missions in order to rescue a princess in trouble. Together with their trusty horse, Shadow, your student will ride across this digital-fantasy land in an effort to achieve math mastery.

More than one child can create a profile with a password for the game. Perfect for large families who have multiple children begging for a turn.

You can order the program here for instant download to your computer for only $37. The program has specific computer requirements, be sure that your computer can support the program before ordering.

Why we liked the program:

*The practice of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division all in one program was an easy way for the kids to practice their math facts.

*The game itself was very entertaining to watch.

*Rewards we easily identifiable and motivated the player.

*This is a very affordable way to boost your child's math knowledge.

Struggles we endured:

*Although the rewards for the missions we different, the missions themselves were the same. This did not help to motivate James to keep using the program in the long-term sense.

*Even though the game adjusts to the computer abilities of the player, Isaac did not have sufficient computer skills to play accurately. Even at its slowest level, the game was too fast for Isaac causing frustration and even tears on occasion.

*The program took up a ton of space on our computer and required us to download a separate Adobe Air program in order for it to run. The entire time we had the program installed we kept getting a "Low Disk Space" message and would be forced to delete or consolidate programs. The computer ran slower while it was installed and as soon as we uninstalled it all our troubles cleared up.

*James burned out fairly quickly on the program due to the amount of repetition involved in achieving success. Due to this repetition, the program became more like "advanced flashcards" rather than exploration of a mathematical kingdom. We are not a video game family and this may have contributed to his eventual abandonment of the program.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I received a free copy of Math Rider in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

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