Great math game redux
Math Rider has a new version out, and our family recently got to take it for a test run!
As a family, we had some mixed feelings going into this review – we’d tried (and loved) the Math Rider math facts game last year (that review is here) – and a couple kids were afraid they might have messed it up. (The kids’ words, not mine.)
I’m happy to report that we have come to the consensus that Math Rider, already a educational, yet attention-keeping game, has been made just a little bit better. I’m not able to directly compare versions to quantify what has changed, but we were told that the enhancements were made based on feedback and suggestions from current users. It seems to run more smoothly on the computer, and my younger two children – the regular users of math practice software these days in our household – tell me that it works better.
Also, those that have previously purchased the software need not worry – updates are available for free to all current customers.
Almost all children need additional practice in the basic math facts to supplement their math lessons, regardless of what educational method is used – educational software like Math Rider allows students to work at their own pace, yet be challenged in a fun, interactive manner that encourages success.
Math Rider isn’t just boring math drill, like flash cards on a computer – instead, practice is designed around a story mode, the “quests” that the student is sent on. The student travels on a horse from place to place – so the student is the “rider” in the game. Each correct answer sends the horse further along, while an incorrect answer slows the horse so the right answer may be shown.
Math Rider adapts to the needs of the student, customising the game to the facts that the student actually needs to practice the most. Detailed statistics are kept, and these are accessible by the parent on a visual number table that makes it easy to see where the student needs more help.
A free 7–day trial of Math Rider is available – download the game, try it out, and see if it is right for your family.
Math Rider is on sale until February 15th, just $37, saving $10 off the regular retail price.
To see what other crew members had to say, check out the TOS Homeschool Crew blog post, Math Rider.
**I received this product for free as a member of the 2011-12 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew so that I could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**