Friday, April 19, 2013

Math Rider Review

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Who loves teaching math?  I can honestly say that I have dreaded this subject since starting our homeschooling adventures last year.  My first grader has actually been excelling in math to the point of boredom, yet still needs to sharpen her mathematical skills.  I was excited to be introduced to Math Rider.
Math Rider is a learning game for elementary students.  It covers:
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division

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It's basically a really easy software you install onto your computer.  What are the system requirements for Math Rider?  Adobe Air Runtime. It runs on Windows and a Mac.  Installation was painless on my end and my 1st grader was up and playing in a jiffy.  Want a free 7-day trial? Click here.
Lyssa loves this game. We utilized it up to 4 days a week.  It was hard to pull her off the computer after 45 minutes of practice, haha.  She is learning her number facts very quickly and without any complaints.  How does Math Rider Work?

After installation, you basically add a "rider" to the game with their name, etc.  Before going on a quest, they can do a practice run to give them an idea of how the game is played.  Very straight forward.   Children are basically taken to a land of quests.  Their horse "Shadow" goes on awesome adventures by finding special flowers, gems, etc.  I believe there are 4 quests for the rider to complete. These are for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  All the rewards are different based on the rider's quest.  It's really neat.  As the horse "Shadow" is riding along, there is an obstacle with a math fact waiting to be solved.  The rider (Lyssa) is to type in the answer before jumping.  This is how points are earned.  If the problem isn't solved in time,  Shadow freezes with the number fact and the answer so that the rider learns the proper answer for each mathematical fact.

During Lyssa's practice run, she got a little stressed out like it was the end of the world, haha.  I had to assure her it was just to practice her math facts and that it wasn't a bad thing if she didn't know the answer.  Phewww.  Lyssa is our little drama queen so getting her to understand that was a challenge at first, but now she is a pro and loves it.

Kelly is interested in giving it a shot to help her with her multiplication and division facts.  It's a great tool to encourage children to learn math all the while having fun too.  This is a plus. I highly recommend Math Rider.
How much does Math Rider cost?  It is only $47 and includes free updates for as long as you have it installed on your computer system. You can also add up to 8 student riders for fun math quests.  Upon registration, you are sent tips and tutorials for Math Rider software.

What program do you currently use to encourage your child to do math?  Was it effective? I am always looking for new ideas, especially for learning math facts.  Math Ryder has been great thus far.  If interested in reading other reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew, click here or the banner below.  Have a blessed weekend!
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  1. Looks like a fun math program. Great review!

  2. Great review!I had to do the same thing with my son as well. I had to reassure him it was ok to be wrong as in time it would come to him. He did better and better each time he played.


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