Math and I do not get along. We had a falling out about 20 years ago and have only recently begun the make-up process. The biggest problem I had with Math was when he would ask me a question I would have to know the answer, like IMMEDIATELY!
There is no getting around mastery of basic arithmetic. I hated math in school and visions of my teacher with flash cards in one hand a stopwatch in the other still send shivers down my spine. It’s all about the memorization, I could easily figure out a math problem given enough time but as soon as you put a time limit on it I started to sweat.
Math Rider turns what was once a stress inducing and monotonous task into an enjoyable game.
Math Rider is a computer program created and developed by a concerned parent whose children were falling behind in school. While using Math Rider your child will practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division while riding her horse named Shadow. Your child will have to find magical flowers to cure a sick parent, help elves find some lost gems, and rescue a princess.
This is a very clever game and concept. Once you log in, select the operation you want to work on, and choose the level of difficulty; your child will watch the background story introducing your child’s mission.
They you are on your way! Using simple arithmetic from 1 to 12 your child will ride their horse through the varied terrain of the mysterious MathLands. Using your keyboard your child tries to complete the problem before the rider reaches the jump. If they answer correctly a new problem shows up, if not, they have until the rider reaches the jump to answer correctly before Shadow stops and you are given the answer.
The program will make note of the mistakes and adjust the program to your needs so your child can focus on mastering the problems she has difficulty with instead of drilling her on everything. Shadow will also speed up and slow down based on how quickly your child can answer the questions.
You need a certain number of points to finish the quest and you will take as many rides as necessary for you to reach that goal
Once your child has accumulated the correct number of points, the quest is complete!
You (the parent) has the ability to check your child’s progress on the statistics page. There you can view which problems your child has covered, which she has mastered (in green), and which ones she has difficulty with. You can also see her mastery level and improvement.
Math Rider was a huge success in our home. The illustrations and story lines are very well done. Whenever one of the girls would sit down to play everyone else would gather around to watch. This wasn’t much of an issue for Lucy but Emma would get overwhelmed by having an audience and her performance would suffer as a result. We made it a point to try and keep the boys occupied when she played so that she could focus.
Lucy is ten and already has fairly high marks in math so for her Math Rider was just a fun game. As there wasn’t much room for improvement to begin with, I didn’t notice much of a difference in her regular math work.
Emma on the other hand really benefitted from playing Math Rider. It didn’t take long at all before she was finishing her regular math work with much more speed, accuracy, and confidence.
UPDATE: I started Spencer on Math Rider and he is LOVING it! It is so very intuitive. His quests will take a while but the repetition is working wonders for him. He doesn’t seem to mind at all that he has to do the same problem a dozen times in one ride. I love it when I hear him say “I got a star!” and thrust his fist in to the air. My only suggestion would be to allow the parent to choose the greatest sum that would be allowed within the problems. For example I would love to set it so that the answer is never above 6 for a while.
Math Rider is designed for children ages 6-12, is$47, and comes with a license for up to 8 players, and includes free updates for life. Math Rider works on both Windows and Mac OS X with adobe Air (check their website for full system requirements).
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