Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Math Facts Now 2.0


PhotobucketI may never need to hunt for a flash card again, thanks to Math Facts Now 2.0!  The company made the downloadable version available to TOS Homeschool Review Crew members, to use in our homeschools and share our thoughts with you.  Math Facts Now 2.0 is available on their website instantly for $15.95. They also have a CD-ROM version available for 15.95 + 3.95 shipping.  The product is targeted for children in grades K-6, but one of my high school students asked me to put her on the list to "play" so she could test her own math fact recall.  The original version of this program was set for children to have a 50 problem minimum every time they practice.  It is my understanding that this number has been lowered, due to TOS reviewer requests. On a personal level, that speaks volumes to me about a company's commitment to customer service!  Download a free trial today.

How it works:
You may download or purchase the CD, and load the product onto your computer.  I think when I downloaded it, it was ready to use in under 5 minutes.  You enter in the names of those who will be using the program, pick what fact families you want to work on, and it will formulate the questions for you.  You are able to control how many questions your child will receive and how many times they need to review the question if they get it wrong.

How we used it in our school:
We used Math Facts Now 2.0, between two and three times a week.  The primary use was as a  reinforcement drill in addition and subtraction.  My son loved it.  He thought it was fantastic fun to enter numbers in on a big screen and find out right away if he was right or wrong. 

Suggestions for product development:
The only thing I couldn't manipulate was the exact questions that were asked. This was not an issue for us within the realms of addition and subtraction, but it did become an issue with multiplication(which we are just begining to learn). Say you selected fives to drill on, the program automatically generated questions for 5x1 through 5x12.  If your child has not yet learned multiplication sets to 12 this can be frustrating.  It would be nice to be able to drill on facts and have the control to only review what your child has already been taught, like paper flashcards.

Overall we enjoyed the product, and we will use it more for multiplication as we learn more of our times tables.  I felt that even using it a few times a week enhanced the recall and accuracy of his addition and subtraction skills.  For the cost, I believe this product has lasting value over the years your children will be in school.

As always, opinions on this product may vary by family.  Take a look at the TOS Homeschool Crew page to see what others had to say about their experience. Make sure to take advantage of the company's "Try it online" option or download a free trial today, to see if this product is a fit for your family

**I received  Math Facts Now 2.0, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion and evaluation of their product.  No other compensation was received**

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