Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mad Dog Math Review

I know there are many families out there looking for something to help their children with math.  As parents, we know that if our kids do not have their basic math facts down, it is harder for them as they move forward. 

For some children, drilling math facts orally or on paper just doesn't work.  In those cases, Mad Dog Math may be just what you are looking for.  In Mad Dog Math, the basic math facts are tested for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  And they are tested in small fact family groups, that only take a few minutes a day to practice.

When you log in, you have the option between four levels.  In level 1 you can choose addition or subtraction.  You pick the fact families and also the time allowed.  You can set your time allowed to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, or no limit.  To move on to the next set of problems, you can miss only two.  If you miss more than two, you can "fetch" a new set of problems.  If you have completed your problems with two or less wrong, your progress chart will have that fact family checked.  In the picture below you can see the 0 to 3 facts on level 1.

In level 2 you also have the option of addition or subtraction, but the problems get a little harder.  Below is level 2 with the 7 to 9 facts.  Notice how the answer is given and they have to find the missing addend.

Level 3 covers multiplication and division from 2 to 12, and the fourth level, which is called Challenge, covers all facts from the first three levels.

After you complete a drill, Ruff the dog will tell you which fact family is next.  You can take his advice and proceed to that one, or pick whichever one you would like.  You can see above he is telling me that "Zero to Six Add is Next" but I have decided to move to another fact family.

There are Club Sticker incentives for completing levels and even going back through the math facts with less time allowed.  For instance, completing them all in 1 minute verses 2 minutes. 

My Thoughts:  My daughter is not a fan of online math drill software so I will give just my opinion.  I have to say that this program, although simple, is very easy to use and not as threatening as some of the others.  I like that the parent can set the time allowed and I like that there is an option for no time limit.  I know that with my child, the timed aspect is what gets her upset.  I also like that there are only 20 problems in each fact family. 

Find Out More:  An at-home, downloadable 1-year software license is available for $19.99, two-year for $29.99, and a perpetual license for $39.99.  You can click here to see your options.  Before purchasing, you must select the correct version for your computer, windows 32-bit or 64-bit.  If you would like to test it out for FREE, you can download a FREE Trial.

My Crewmates are also reviewing Mad Dog Math, so you can check out what they think HERE.

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.


From Snowflakes To Hotcakes

Thanks for visiting my blog, From Snowflakes To Hotcakes, and entering our giveaway for an It's A Blessing bracelet! I love your blog - someday, when God allows us to have children, I hope to homeschool as well! :-) Glad you stopped by!


This sounds like something my kids would love!

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Crystal, if they end up trying it out, let me know what they think.

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