Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Quarter Mile Math

As a 2nd year member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out more products and giving you my honest opinion.

I cannot stress enough how important I think educational games are. When my children are struggling in a certain area, playing a game about it can help them to understand. When they need review or to memorize facts, playing a game will lock those facts in their brains. When we are having one of those homeschool know, the stressful ones...playing educational games lifts every one's spirits and gets "school" done all at the same time.

We received the Quarter Mile Math Deluxe Version practice software to review. Our kids love computer games so they immediately wanted to play it. Players review math facts while racing either Awesome Smoking Dragsters or Wild Riderless Running Horses.

The faster (and more accurate) a player reviews their math facts, the faster their car/horse goes. There are many math topics to choose from covering grades K-9. My 8, 7, 6, and 4 year olds were all easily able to play Quarter Mile Math when working with topics that were age appropriate.

A great feature of this program is that it tracts the player's progress. Once the player has played once, then they will no longer compete against the computer, but against themselves trying to beat their previous scores. With the Deluxe version, player's information are stored online and requires Internet access, though the player will never actually go online. Progress reports can be printed for records as well.

My kids had much more fun reviewing math facts with Quarter Mile Math than with traditional flashcards, but they weren't fooled completely. It still felt like schoolwork to them. This program also doesn't have the flashy and more realistic images that other computer games they've played have. So while none of them are actually asking me to play this game everyday, none of them are complaining when I assign it either.

Let's face it...reviewing math facts is a tedious project...for student and teacher. Quarter Mile Math is a great tool for me as a teacher and makes learning more fun for my students.

The Deluxe Version is a subscription service that can be purchased in three ways.

*$2.95 per family per month
*$19.95 per family for one year
*$34.95 per family for two years

Check out this page for homeschoolers on the Quarter Mile Math website for more information or to order. You can also read more reviews from homeschool moms on the TOS Crew blog.

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