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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

TOS Review: Mad Dog Math

Mastering the basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) is a very important foundation that must be very strong to ensure your child will do well in upper level mathematics. A child will certaintly struggle with long division if they cannot remember basic division facts. Mad Dog Math has created a software to make learning basic math facts fun in only minutes a day.

Mad Dog Math drills all four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using math families. It can be used to supplement any math program and is for mulitiple users for K-5. The computer saves your progress as you go. Your child is timed as they complete 20 math problems. You have the option to practice problems without being timed and can change the timer from 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 2 minutes. If your child passes they move on to the next fact family, if they do not they keep going until they pass. You can learn the correct answer by hovering your mouse over the problems you got incorrect. Your child earns a club sticker as they pass each family group at each timing level. There are 3 levels to complete plus a challenge level.

Mad Dog Math runs on a Windows PC and you can purchase their 32 bit or 64 bit download depending on which you need for your computer. A one year license is $19.99, two years is $29.99, or a perpetual license is $39.99. For ordering information click here.

They also have Instructional Systems for the Classroom or Homeschool, Flashcards, and Certifucates and Accessories.

Go to this page (about halfway down) for a link to a free trial, help in deciding which version you need, and download instructions.

I really liked that the program was easy to download, install, and start using. The different timing options make you able to cutom fit to your child's current ability and change it as they improve. The correct answers are shown to you so they can learn the right answer. I LOVE that you do not have to hit enter after you put in the answer. You put in your answer and it moves right on to the next problem. It is a small thing, but you don't have to concentrate on pushing enter, just entering the answer.

There are a few things I think could be improved. There is no drop down screen on the log in and with multiple children it can be hard to remember their log in information. If you forget to click on the time me button before you start, it doesn't count your progress. After you finish a fact family you have to manually click the next one you are supposed to go to instead of the program automatically advancing you. Also, the only way to see your child's progress is to log in as them.

To see what other crew members had to say click here.

I received a complimentary trial of Mad Dog Math for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.

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