Tuesday, April 23, 2013
TOS Review: Math Rider
I know I have mentioned this before but........... MATH DRILLS ARE SO BO...........
Ahhhhh, redemption! Math Rider is a computer drills game based on quests and a fantasy land. The player, upon his fine steed Shadow, jumps math hurdles where he must find the difference, sum, product, or quotient. Four quests cover the four sets of basic math facts from 1-12.
The awesome thing about this intelligently designed software is that it keeps track of each players progress and repeats problems not yet mastered- so they're not answering the same drills over and over that they already know. Riders enjoy animated rewards as a fun incentive to continue in their "quest" and an overview map allows them to see how their journey is progressing.
Ben absolutely LOVES Math Rider! It came at the perfect time as he was studiously memorizing his multiplication facts. He's a boy and it's a quest!!! What more need I say? It appeals to his need for adventure and challenges him in a graphically pleasing- eletrically-stimulating-boy- kind-of-way! I saw Ben's math skills improve dramatically in just the first week of playing daily.
Math Rider is compatable with MAC and PC. It's intended for ages 6-12 and costs $47 but there is a 7 day free trial available on their website. The fee covers your download and updates for life and allows for up to 8 players. Take 'em up on their free trial- I'm sure your kiddos will love it!