We recently reviewed Math Rider, a computerized math game for kids as part of the TOS homeschool Crew.
Math Rider was created by Thomas Brand, a software architect, when his two elementary aged girls were struggling with their math at school.
Math Rider is an intelligent computer game that allows kids to practice math drills in a way that is actually fun for them. The quests you go on can be done for addition, subtraction, multiplication or division, and you can choose the level of difficulty based on the rider’s knowledge.
Once you’ve selected which math operation you will be working with, and the difficulty level, the student is given a particular quest. They must ride their horse, Shadow, from one part of the map to another to complete the quest.
Shadow has 30 obstacles to jump over for each part of the quest. The horse is intuitive enough (or, rather, the program!) to slow down or speed up depending on the rider’s pace for answering the questions. If the rider doesn’t answer the equation correctly after several tries, or if Shadow makes it to the obstacle before the operation is answered, the rider will be told and shown the answer to the equation.
That particular equation will come up several more times during that ride to give the student additional practice and to help them commit it to memory.
At the end of each leg of the quest, you will see how many answers were correct/incorrect, or if the rider took a particularly long time to answer some of the questions.
You also get to view your progress on your map ~ I like that you have a specific goal in mind. I can see how it challenges you to want to complete the quest.
The teachers or the students can also go in and view the stats at any time to see what equations present the “top challenges”.
My wiggly 6-year-old does like playing Math Rider (though, he calls it “horse rider”….close enough, I suppose!). We’ve only done the addition with him, but he prefers if I sit with him and read the next equation out loud for him.
I set up a test account, and did the medium subtraction level. Seems I’m not as quick at it as I hoped I would be! (though with extra practice….haha). I did notice that there’s an almost frantic feeling to read the equation, solve it in your head and tell your fingers which numbers to type. So I completely understood why he wants me to read the equations for him!
I do like this game, and I think it’s a great way for kids to practice their math concepts.
Just an extra side note – you actually download and install the program on your computer, but the game does access the internet to validate your registration code, to check for any updates to the program, and to access help files. The license allows up to 8 players to use the game.
Math Rider is on sale until February 15th, 2012 for the price of $37. After the 15th, the price will go back up to $47.
To read more Math Rider reviews, check out the TOS Crew reviews.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this product with 3-months of access to the program to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation in exchange for a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.