Wednesday, May 18, 2011

TOS Review: Mad Dog Math


Mad Dog Math is practice drill software designed for K-5th students to help them master math facts in all four operations.  It has four levels.

Level 1 : Addition and Subtraction from 0 – 18

Level 2 : Addition and Subtraction from 0 – 18 but with focus on 7 – 18

Level 3 : Multiplication and Division from 0 – 12

Level 4 : Challenge level making use of all operations

Each level is further divided into sub-levels or fact families.  Having the drills be centered on fact families is one of the unique aspects of this program, and has come in handy for us since ds4 is using a math workbook that focuses on fact families as well.  The drills can be timed or not, allowing those who enjoy besting a previous time that joy, while keeping it more low key for younger students.  Here is more info from the website:

The Essentials of Mad Dog Math

Enables children to master their +, -, x, and ÷ facts in a fun challenging, exciting, and motivating way

Math supplement for any math curriculum

For grades K through 5th; remedial middle school and high school

Standard, daily 10 minute time commitment from start to finish

Huge body of math facts broken down into bite-sized pieces any child can master

Applied system that works in every classroom and in every home

Students, teachers, and parents LOVE it


Another useful feature of this program, and part of what makes it kid friendly, is that the student logs on with his/her first name only.  No passwords to worry about.  This program is designed to be a supplement only, and does not have a separate parent account or generate any progress reports.

This software was easy to install and use.  I liked that I could truly customize it for each of my boys, especially since they are mastering different operations right now and they have different learning styles to accommodate.  The dog theme isn’t too cutesy or childish (something that sends my boys running from the computer lol.)

Mad Dog Math is available in a one year license for $19.99, two year license for $29.99 or perpetual license for $39.99.  You can also download a free trial that gives you access to the first fact family of all three levels.

I received a limited license of Mad Dog Math to facilitate this review.  I received no further compensation.  To see other TOS Crewmember reviews of this product, click on the banner below.


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