If you need a resource to help build your child’s accuracy, speed, and confidence in calculating math facts, Math Rider may be what you are looking for.
We downloaded the program for this review to our PC desktop quickly and easily. Kenny took to it like a duck to water. He has used it every day as speed drill practice to increase his recall of math facts- addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of numbers 0-12. Seeing his progress on the map, riding over obstacles, watching his score and a graph of his increasing improvement has given him a much needed proficiency boost. As the youngest child, he has to deal with discouragement at times that his older siblings have mastered so many skills that he is still trying to conquer. Math Rider has helped him increase his speed and accuracy of recall and mental calculations, and I can see his confidence rise every time he plays.
Math Rider, which can be used with up to 8 students on a single license, has a broad appeal as well. Both boys and girls will enjoy riding their horse Shadow through the varied terrain of Mathland and completing tasks such as finding a flower that cures a virus, returning a diamond to the elves, and, of course, rescuing a princess. It is recommended for ages 6-12, but would be a great resource for an older child struggling with math mastery.
The background music is calm and pleasant. There are no weapons, nobody dies, and nothing blows up. Even so, Kenny enjoyed the fantasy background and the noble adventures, as well as the instant feedback of rewards for answering correctly and completing the quests. The scenes of the Land of Ray are beautiful and provide an interesting backdrop for the journey.
The controls are simple- type the correct answer and press ‘enter’ to jump their horse Shadow over various obstacles. This means the student can focus on calculations and recall instead of handling complicated controls. At the desk that Kenny uses, we have a computer with a wireless keyboard that doesn’t have a number pad, so we are either going to get a new keyboard that includes a number pad, or just add a wireless number pad to our set up to make entering numbers a bit smoother and easier.
For the parent, Math Rider makes it easy to track progress and spot trouble areas. Graphs are provided that show not only correct/incorrect answers, but how quickly the child is calculating and recalling math facts. The game uses intelligent software that senses what the student has mastered, and focuses on the areas where they need more practice. The four operations are separated into their own quests so that students can work on a particular area and master that first before moving on.
We used Math Rider on our Windows Vista desktop, and it also works with a Mac. It uses Adobe® AIR™ runtime, and requires a screen resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels. You can read about the specific system requirements on the Math Rider website.
Math Rider is a one-time download with free updates for life for $47. It is backed by a 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee. Or you can go to the Math Rider Home page, enter your email address, and receive a 7 day trial registration key and instructions to download Math Rider so you can try-before-you-buy.
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