Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mad About Mad Dog Math


Mad Dog Math is a fun, downloadable way to have daily math drills.  A great supplement for any regular math program for grades K-5, Mad Dog Math features a friendly golden retriever who fetches math drills for addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.  Students are timed for 2 minutes down to 30 seconds on each level, and earn "club stickers" upon completion.  There is a challenge level that mixes up the fact drills so that children have to work a bit harder and pay more attention.  Progress is tracked for each level and can be reset so students can start over.  Multiple students can use the program by logging in under their own "name".


Initially, we had a lot of fun with this program.  But as the drills grew familiar, my son grew lackadaisical and kept resetting his progress so that he stayed in the 2 minute club and never earned any club stickers.  I knew I had to supervise his usage more carefully then, so as to derive the full benefit from the program.  Still, he likes it way better than his pencil and paper drills, though we don't time those.  In his math book he is working with triple digits and decimal points in addition and subtraction which our trial version of Mad Dog Math does not cover.  The advantage is, that once purchased and downloaded, the program can be used year after year, for multiple students, for drills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.  As the program's creators emphasize, a solid foundation in the basics makes math more fun, as well as preparing the student for higher levels of math such as algebra and so on.

The Mad Dog Math download is available for Windows in 32 or 64 bit version, for $19.99/1year, $29.99/2year or $39.99/perpetual license.  The company also offers flash cards, timers and certificates to enhance the program.  A FREE TRIAL of the download is available here.

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We received a free trial version of Mad Dog Math to use and evaluate.  No other compensation was received for this review.


Hen Jen said...

great review! We are just beginning the paper/binder version of Mad Dog Math. I am very excited to be using such a well-thought out program! I'm also hoping memorization of math facts will be quicker and more fun than when I did it with my older students.

mrsd said...

Exactly! Hope you and your children enjoy the paper version as much as we did the download;)