Wednesday, May 18, 2011
TOS Review: Math Dog Math
Mad Dog Math is a cute math fact system that really appeals to the younger crowd. Designed by a veteran educator while she was a third grade teacher, this program has been in use in the classroom for 25 years. Now available for home use as a supplement to homeschool curriculum or to help students in brick-and-mortar classrooms who may be struggling with memorizing the basic operations vital to success in high levels of math.
The Mad Dog Math system is designed to be used for just ten minutes a day in a daily math routine. A fresh alternative to the plain Jane worksheets I grew up with, Mad Dog Math covers all operations and great for those just learning math facts or older students who need a little help.
There are two ways to use Mad Dog Math - a paper-and-pencil, or binder edition, or the computer edition. We reviewed the computer based version which is very helpful for Music Man since he is challenged in the area of writing.
I loved that I was able to set the time allowed to complete the drills - 2-minute, 1-minute or 30 seconds. You can set the operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division) and fact family you wish to practice and progress is recorded each time the program is used. There are three levels and a challenge level to ensure that mastery is completed.
The first two levels are addition and subtraction. Level 1 requires students to fill in the answer like a traditional math drill, 4+2= ___. At Level 2, the problem becomes more of a challenge while actually fill in a missing part of the problem, 4+__=6. At Level 3, students work on multiplication and division. The Challenge Level requires more thinking by mixing up the operations and what answer is asked for!
The drills go all the way to fact family eighteen, which I have not yet seen in a drill program!
What's it Gonna Cost Me?
Mad Dog Math - at Home
Downloadable Software for 32-bit or 64-bit system
Mad Dog Math - at Home Downloadable Software $19.99-$39.99
1 Year License $19.99
2 year License $29.99
Perpetual License $39.99
Mad Dog Math - at Home Mastery Binder System $69.99
Mad Dog Math - at Home CD-ROM $69.99
Mad Dog Math is also available for classroom use and school district use. An online program will also be available soon!
Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew I received a free trial of Mad Dog Math - at Home free of charge for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received and views expressed are my own.