In my opinion, mastering math facts is, without a doubt, one of the most important parts of learning through elementary years. Life is FULL of math, and while sometimes it’s hard for kids to understand why they need to learn and know their math facts, it’s obvious by the vast amount of learning products available today from flash card games to computer adventures that they are vital to education and a successful academic career.
Taylor, my ten year old, has been a pretty good sport about trying out many different kinds of mathematical educational materials, from card games to online websites to software and down-loadable computer products. She also really loves playing on fun gaming websites where a character is created and she can go on adventures or quests. But more than that, the child would live on the back of her horse if I’d let her.
So when I was introduced to Math Rider, I thought this looked like a pretty inviting opportunity to really cement those math facts in, and get some practice getting really good at division which she has just finished in her current math curriculum. After viewing the introductory video clip on their website, I was really excited to introduce this to Taylor!
We downloaded the product with ease, and Taylor created her account and began her adventure in the Land of Ray. She noted immediately that her horse’s name was Shadow. In the opening of the game, the story line is set with introduction to characters and the quest at hand. Using all the facts from 0 – 12 in each of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), there are four quests ranging from easy to master. While all four quests are the same, the rewards are different according to how well the student answers the questions. Every combination of quest and reward holds a different reward.
As she set out on her quest riding Shadow, he jumped the upcoming jumps as she correctly answered math questions.
The speed of the horse adapted to the speed she was answering the questions, and the points she earned varied according to her speed, her attempts to answer, and the amount she got correct. She mentioned that it was nice that if she got one wrong she could just keep trying to get the answer correct until she got to the jump (the horse continues to run towards the jump, so she could keep trying answers until she got to the jump). After answering 30 questions, the rider is shown their progress, and then shown on a map of Math Land where they are in their journey.
The music, feel and animation are delightful. I enjoyed creating an account and playing myself to get a feel for it. One of the really nice things about Math Rider is the ability to create more than one account, so individual progress and quests are saved. After looking over Taylor and my shoulders, almost-five year old Levi really wanted to play. I didn’t want to discourage his learning excitement, so we created an account for him and told him which numbers to type in as he rode on his quest. While this is not the way the game was suppose to be played, he still enjoyed his quest, and got in some great computer keyboard practice! Taylor also sat with him answering the problems and letting him type in the answers, giving her that much more math fact practice. I am secretly hoping that this instilled a sense that learning math facts can not only be fun but is important. 🙂
I have to say that when a child makes the choice to practice math facts on their own without being told, that speaks volumes.
We give Math Rider two thumbs up and five stars *****
Math Rider can be purchased and downloaded to your computer for $37.00 with a 30 day risk-free, money back guarantee.
It runs on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux systems.
Check out what my Crew Mates had to say over at the Crew Blog!
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I downloaded this product with time limited access for review purposes as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.