When we received the opportunity to review Math Rider, I was really excited for my kids. Who doesn't love horses, right? Combine that with Mathematics and you've got a pretty creative motivator to get kids engaged in a subject that (speaking from experience) can be intimidating, to say the least.
Math Rider is a unique math computer game that "combines fun game play with a highly sophisticated question engine that adapts to your child." Using a technique that "senses" your child's mathematical needs and abilities, this game helps your child master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for the numbers 1-12. While the game learns and records information on what your child can and cannot do mathematically, the "rider" gets to take on four different "quests" to try to rescue a princess, among other activities. In addition, the Math Rider game gives the student and the parent/teacher feedback on progress and an "overview map" of math facts that the student has mastered. The Math "rider" has lots of opportunities for success while playing the game, which undoubtedly builds up your child's confidence in their mathematical abilities.
Our family's thoughts on Math Rider were a little mixed. My husband and I, both former teachers, played the game and felt that the game was fun and positively reinforcing while incorporating important math skills that many kids of all ages struggle with. My children enjoyed Math Rider as well. Everyone had their own rider and didn't feel that they had to compete with each other (big plus for us). My youngest student, who is a fifth grader, enjoyed playing Math Rider most of all. She found out that learning math could be fun after all, and was pretty successful at answering the math questions correctly. My sixth grader, who loves horses, but struggles a bit with math, was really excited about the game. After spending some time on Math Rider, she felt like she was timed, as the horse and rider jump hurdles if the rider answers the math equation within the time allowed. Otherwise, the game was a success for us.
If you are looking for fun and exciting ways to improve your child's math skills, I would recommend you visit the Math Rider website at http://mathrider.com/. You can learn more about Math Rider, purchase it for $37.00 (with a 30 day money back guarantee) and see clips of the game at their website.
Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this review.