Math has always been my favorite subject. All of my kids have been pretty good at math until they hit the middle school books at which point their progress tends to slow. I’m convinced this is due to the fact that they didn’t know their math facts inside, outside, and upside down! I’m doing everything possible to ensure Emma does not have this same dilemma. Currently, she is taking a timed math test on a daily basis as assigned in her math book. However, she HATES these tests. Enter MathRider! We had the opportunity to review Math Rider last year, and I jumped at the chance to do so again.
Math Rider, available for $47, combines a fun math game that helps children ages 6-12 master all four math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) using numbers 0-12. The creator of MathRider developed this program because his children were failing math. MathRider supports multiple players so all the children in a family can play. Players set out on ‘quests’ riding their horse, Shadow, and solve math problems along the way. There are quests for each operation, and each operation can be played at multiple levels (easy, medium, or hard). Math Rider speeds up and/or slows down depending on how long the player takes to answer a question providing a truly customized game for each individual. When the student answers a question incorrectly, the game reads aloud the correct answer.
I used this with Emma Grace 3 days a week for 10 minutes at a time. She can’t wait to finish her math lessons and hop on the computer to play this game. She can get pretty far in that ten minutes, because she’s mastered most of her addition/subtraction/multiplication facts. Toady, as she sat down to play, I heard her reciting her “12” multiplication facts – the facts that were stumping her in her quests.
One of the best parts, for me, is that I can see what facts Emma has mastered. As you can see below, the statistics screen shows tons of information. You can see on the grid which multiplication facts Emma has mastered and which ones she’s struggling with. You can also see the facts she most struggles with. She has improved 15% on her multiplication facts since starting this program.
If you think this is something your little learner would be interested in, you can try a 7-day trial. You can also watch the short presentation below to get an idea of exactly how Math Rider can work for your child.