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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mad Dog Math

Some kids seem to remember their math facts very easily right from the start while others have to work really hard to remember them. Out of my 5 kids I finally have one child, Alaina, that loves math and always wants to do more. My other 2 kids, Amber and Delaney, that are still at home don't have any problems with math but they would rather read a book than do anything with numbers. They were not very happy when I told them we had Mad Dog Math to review until they used it. They love dogs and they just loved the way this program is laid out with the little dog bones and paw prints. That made all the difference to them, they actually enjoyed drilling their math facts.

Mad Dog Math is a fun way to practice basic math facts. They are broken down into small pieces that help kids to master the facts in as little as 10 minutes a day. This program can be used to supplement any math program for grades K-5 or can be used by anyone needing to work on their math facts. Each child progresses through the program at their own pace.

Each child chooses a user name to keep track of their progress. The math facts are divided into 3 levels and a challenge level. You can select 2 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds, or no time limit for each set of facts. Levels 1 & 2 drills addition and subtraction families, level 3 uses multiplication and division, and the Challenge Level works on all the math facts. Within each level you may choose which math family to work on. If you choose the 5 to 7 fact family you will work on problems where the answers equal 5, 6, or 7. One thing I really liked about this program is once you enter the answer it automatically advances to the next problem blank. If you miss more than 2 problems you will have to repeat that fact family. I used this math program with all three of my girls ages 6, 8, and 10. My 6 year old spent the most time on this, she loves math and she loves dogs and is trying hard to get all of the + & - families done to get her Club Sticker.

In the Club Sticker Progress you can check how your student is doing, it will show what math facts are completed in the time frame chosen. This chart shows facts that were completed in under one-minute time frame. You must complete all the math families in each level to earn a Club Sticker.

Mad Dog Math can be purchased for use in the home, classroom, or school district. The downloadable 32-bit or 64-bit PC software can be purchased for $19.99 for a one year license or $29.99 for a two year, or $39.99 for a perpetual license. There is a free trial that includes the first fact family of each level. You can also find out if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit before you download the program.

Julie Kotoff has been in education for 30 years and developed Mad Dog Math to help her third grade students master their math facts. She named her program after her beloved Golden Retriever named Ruff, whom she lost in 2004. His image will continue through this program even though he wasn't a "mad dog".

Sail on over to read what other Crew members thought of Mad Dog Math.
As a member of the TOS Crew I recieved a three month subscription to Mad Dog Math to use with my children for free in exchange for my review.

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