Fun for everyone!
Once you download and install Math Rider to your computer you are ready to ride to far away lands as you practice math facts. Your first quest involves riding to Mathlands to gather a special flower which will heal your mother from a grave illness.
During your first quest you will master addition facts. Your horse gallops along until it comes to a barrier which it must jump. Each barrier has a fact to be answered correctly so your horse may jump over it. If you answer incorrectly the fact will be said for you and the barrier will fall so your horse may pass through it. The faster you solve your problems the faster your horse gets to ride! You earn bonus points for correct answers. Each level presents a different mathematical operation. Each level has four levels of difficulty.
You can check your math fact knowledge on a chart which tracks your progress. Before you start a quest or in between quests you can take practice runs to improve your speed. After you pass the master level you earn a castle.
Math Rider was easy to set up and use. I created accounts for four of my students and myself. After I showed the children how to use the program they were able to work on their own. my 7, 9, 11, and 13 year old children used the program. It was challenging enough for the oldest student without being too difficult for the youngest. The program adapts to your ability. My husband even enjoyed playing the game and getting the highest speed with his horse.
The only thing I would add to the program would be combining all of the facts together in a final level.
This program is wonderful for drilling math facts. It is a welcome change from old-fashioned flashcards. Using the game for a few minutes each day would make a nice math warm up to get students into math mode before beginning their lessons. I'm a firm believer in the need for math facts mastery and this is a fun and effective study tool to add to the homeschool, classroom, or homework to achieve that goal. It makes a nice brain workout for older students and adults. Even after my students have mastered their facts I like to challenge them to review and increase recall speed.
To order for $37.00 visit the Math Rider website.
I received a free trial of this program in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.
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