Topic: Homeschool Product Review
Over the past couple of years I have had the chance to use and review many, many math programs. Some have been complete math curriculum, some have been supplemental math programs, and some have been just fun math games. There have been some that my kids have enjoyed and some that they wish was never sent for us to review. Math Rider, however, has got to be one of our favorites.Math Rider is more than a math supplement. It's more than a game. Math Rider is an adventure! And I literally mean an adventure. Math Rider reviews addition, subtraction, multiplication and division from 1-12. After your child creates his or her rider, you select an operation and a level for your child. Then he and his horse "Shadow" are sent on a quest. You might be sent to find a special medicinal flower. You may be challenged to find a rare gem. Or, you may even be sent to rescue the princess.
After learning your quest, the fun begins. Your horse starts galloping toward the goal only to find hurdles that it must jump over. These "hurdles" are actually math problems that your child must answer in order for Shadow to jump over them. If a child is having problems, the hurdles come at a slower pace. If a child gets an answer incorrect, the computer tells the correct answer and you move on. However, the computer "intelligence" remembers everything. If you have mastered a math fact, it won't show up as often, however if you are having difficulty, then it will show up more frequently.
After you have answered a series of about 30 problems. You are shown a map and, depending on how many questions were answered correctly and how quickly you completed that series, your progress toward the goal is shown. You can also check to see how well you are doing by looking at a special number table. If a math fact is green, that means that you've mastered it. If it is yellow or red, that means you need more practice. After you've completed your quest, you are rewarded with much heraldry and then given another mission to go on.
As you can see from the short video above, the graphics for the game are stunning and the story lines keep the child's interest. My son, Joshua, loves it. It is one game that he asks to play over and over. And, better yet, it has really helped with his addition and subtraction. In my book, this game is a keeper!
And I have even better news - the price is excellent! Right now they are even having a sale - you can download Math Rider for only $37. Not sure if it will run on your computer? It runs on Windows, Mac and even Linux systems. To find out more about Math Rider, just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. Or you can find out what the other TOS Crew members had to say by clicking here. Happy Home Educating!
As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was given a limited time download of Math Rider in order to use and review on my blog.