Wednesday, January 6, 2010

MathScore (Review)

MathScore is an online math program designed to supplement a child's math education. MathScore provides online math practice and assessments for students from 1st Grade through Algebra 1. The website generates math problems that automatically adapt to the individual student based on their performance. In other words, if they are struggling in an area, MathScore will generate more problems in that area until the student has mastered the concept. A faster student will on occasion be given the opportunity to skip ahead several lessons based on their scores and time it takes to do the online "worksheets".

The initial Copy Cat portion of the program helps build typing speed using the 10 numeric keypad. As the name states, the student simply copies the number on the screen as quickly as possible, using the number keypad working on speed and accuracy.

While there are awards to be earned for moving up levels, this program does not have a lot of the bells, whistles and distractions that are common in this type of product. I in no way mean that as a negative! My kids generally get so distracted by all that "stuff" that they lose sight of the goal and the math problem. I much prefer this bare bones approach! I also realy like the fact that there is a time limit on each test. Olivia needs the motivation of knowing that she only has a certain amount of time to work.

MathScore also offers a free trial membership! This gives you the opportunity to see if it is a good fit for your family.

Pricing for MathScore is per month. One student is $14.95/month; $5.00/month for a 2nd student and $3.95/month for each additional student. Each student has their own username and password, and records are kept individually. Parents will receive progress summary's on each student. Parents have the ability to go under parental settings and individualize when (daily/weekly) they would prefer to receive their emails.

To read more Crew reviews of this product, click here.

Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.

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