Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mad Dog Math Review

Product - Mad Dog Math - computer software

Price - Starts at $19.99

Ages - Designed for grades K - 5 but is also good for older students

Math students have a better chance of succeeding in their studies if they have basic math facts memorized. They need to learn addition/ subtraction/ multiplication and division.  The old school method is to drill with flash cards. Current technology is making it much easier to learn.

Mad Dog Math is a great resource for children. The student logs-in by typing his name into the log-in screen. This helps track his progress and makes it possible for more than one student to use the system.

There are 3 skill levels and 4 options of timed work - 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, or no limit.  The student is supposed to start with either "no limit" or "2 minutes" and work on his speed. When he "moves up," he is rewarded with virtual club stickers!

There is also a "challenge" option. This includes mixed problems, rather than all subtraction or all addition.

How it worked for us

John (13) worked on this a few times a week. He enjoyed passing all the required problems. There is an icon labeled "progress" where he could see which ones he had completed, and which ones he still had to do. These included tasks like  - "addition for seven to nine, ten, eleven, etc."

The software puts a check mark next to each session as he finishes them.  He really enjoyed seeing how much he was able to complete. He was even motivated to keep working so he could earn his club stickers!

The entire process is easy:

1. Click "fetch' for a new task.

2. Click "time me" to begin.

3. Click "stop" if you need to quit.

You'll see a cute dog in the lower corner of the screen. He barks at the end of each session. It is adorable and fun!

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*I received this product, for review purposes through The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew*

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