23.4.13

Math Rider ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review


Though designed for children from 6-12 years old, my two youngest children both need to practice their basic math facts. This review offered a much  more fun way to do that than our stack of flashcards. Riders in Math Rider are on a quest through "Mathland" riding a horse named Shadow.

Music plays as math facts are completed to progress through the game. I like background noise and found the beat went well with the problems. For those who prefer to work in silence, the music can be turned off. If sound is enabled, when problems are completed incorrectly the correct answer is audible as well as the complete problem with the correct answer flashing across the screen.

To open the program, we were required to install Adobe AIR (a free download.) They provided a password to register the Math Rider program once downloaded and even allowed us to download it on three computers. I took advantage of that offer and now have it on my laptop, our desktop which my son uses, and my daughter's laptop.

The horse advances and jumps over obstacles as correct answers are provided to the problems that pop up on the bottom of the screen. 30 "obstacles" are in each set, and the top pf the screen (as pictured below) shows the constantly updated score.

At the end of each set of 30, their total progress through mathland is visible as pictured below. Each set of 500 problems (800 in the advanced set) is set up as one "quest" in the adventure played out in the program. After mastering a set, a flag is awarded such as "the flag of addition."




After receiving the flag for advanced level quest completion, the student was able to view a graph showing which problems had been mastered and which ones missed. The flag was also visible and moved higher up the flagpole until they reached 100% mastery for that section.



My daughter has a small laptop with numbers at the top, but not a number pad on the side. She said it would be easier for her to be faster if she didn't have to press the "enter" key after each answer. My son treated it like a computer game and actually asked if he could "play" Math Rider. This is a resource that we will continue to use often until our one year subscription ends. It is available for purchase for $47.00, and up to eight players are allowed on a single license.

from the company:

"The purpose of MathRider is to help kids practice and recall their fundamental math facts - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, ranging from 0 to 12. The practice is wrapped in quests with storytelling and game adjustments that intelligently adapt to the player's level of performance.
Each and every math fact in an operation needs to be mastered in order to gain the highest rewards in the game. Mastering a math fact means the player needs to be able to consistently answer correctly within a relatively consistent amount of time as compared to other math facts.
MathRider was created from personal need when I saw how my own two children were struggling to recall their number tables (math facts). I remembered how I found it painful to memorize my times tables when I had been their age. One morning an idea struck me of how I could create a game that might just help my kids with their math facts - and that is how MathRider was born."


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Jennifer

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