Review ~ UberSmart Math Facts
Math facts ah, this can be a topic of struggle in classrooms and homeschool families alike. I'm always on the look out for ways to help our children practice and master their math facts.
What Is UberSmart Math Facts?
UberSmart Math Facts was created by David Kocur, a homeschool dad and computer programmer. He created this program when he wasn't able to find a suitable math facts drill program for his children. Amazingly after just a few months of uses his older children had mastered their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts!
UberSmart Math Facts is a downloadable Windows program to help children learn their math facts. David Kocur has designed his program to help children succeed in learning math facts. It is intended to teach facts one group at a time starting with adding 0's, then 1s etc. This helps children to build confidence as they master one group at a time and gives them a good foundation to build on for the next fact group. This math drill program is intended for grades K to 6. However anyone needing extra math practice can use it.
The learning section in UberSmart Math Facts starts younger children with dot cards similar to dominos. The intermediate section uses traditional style flashcards. In this section the student is suppose to say the answer out loud then click the show button to see if they picked the correct answer.
In the practice section the student can also choose between flashcard or dot cards. Now they are to enter the correct answer using the keyboard.
The test section gives the older students a chance to do a assessment test to see what math facts they are struggling with. This can be a great time savings as if you're already proficient in some areas, your time is best spent practicing facts you struggle with.
After the test is finished your student can pick what area they want to drill. You can work on one set of facts as a time or on all facts. In addition to the learning and practicing your student can compete. They can race to complete a section of drill problems in a set amount of time.
In the settings you can change the amount of time aloud to answer problems. Another option is to increase the facts from 12 x 12 to 20 x 20.
UberSmart Math Facts is intended to be an independent program used by the student so a helpful reporting section is included. In this area you can view what facts your child has been practicing. It also shows you what your student has mastered and what they need to keep working on. The chart can also be used by the child to see how they are doing. UberSmart Math Facts uses different coloured smiley faces to mark the facts that need more work and ones have have been mastered.
How To Get UberSmart Math Facts
UberSmart Math Facts offers a 30 day free trial. This is great to test out the program to see if it is a good fit for your children. UberSmart Math Facts cost $24.95 for a family licence. A family licence lets you run the program on all the computers in your home. Each install allows for up to 8 student profiles.
UberSmart Math Facts is a Windows program. It will run on Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.
How We Used UberSmart Math Facts
I've been using this program with our 4 oldest children ages 12, 10, 8 and 7. In this group there is a wide range of abilities from just learning math facts to children struggling to remember them after practicing for some time. We used the program 4 days a week. I started by having the older children take the assessment test then started them on the facts that they needed to practice the most. The younger children I started at the beginning to let them practice and master the foundation facts. They used this program for about 15 minutes a day to drill their facts.
Some of my children really enjoyed using this program. Because it's not a bells and whistles game style it was not distracting or over stimulating for them. While some of our other children really found the lack of visuals a hold back for their learning style. Over all I've enjoyed using this program! It lets me easily keep up with math facts drilling for our family. I love the reporting charting lets me see what areas have been mastered and what our children might need more help with. One program option that I really loved was the ability to increase the time allowed for each question. This helped to relive the pressure of having to rush to answer a problem that some children struggle with.
UberSmart Math Facts will continue to be a math drill program for our children that we use weekly. I would recommend this software for anyone looking for a simple and easy to use math drill program.