Math Rider Review
Memorizing basic math facts is so important for higher level math. However I believe in young children learning should learn math at their own pace and every child is different.
Math Rider is a math game for Windows and Mac. The target age range for this game is 6 to 12 years old. However I think any child needing math practice would enjoy this. It was very easy to install and you can add up to 8 children. Each child gets their own login and password, so keeping siblings from accidentally using the wrong account is easy.
When you first login you can set the difficulty level of the game and decide if you want to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
As the children move through the game they go on quests. Each quest starts with a mission, in one the child's mother was ill and they had to travel through the Mathlands to find the special ingredient that would make her well again. They mount their horse Shadow and travel on their journey.
As they travel math questions appear on the screen and they have to type the correct number in. If they get it right Shadow jumps over the jump obstacle correctly. If they get it wrong Shadow stops in front of it, while the math question is shown on screen with the correct answer. The problem and answer are also read out loud.
The game adapts to the child as they play. The more questions they get right and the faster they answer them, the faster the game moves. Equally it will slow down if the child is getting questions wrong or moving slowly. I love how the game adapts to each child on their own level!
Our kids have loved using Math Rider! We practice math drill often with different games and this has become a favorite. They love horses and going on a "quest" is so much fun.
They aren't just practicing math facts, they are engaging in a fun task. I would highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun math drill program for their children.