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## Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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### Mad Dog Math Basic Facts

• Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division drills
• Timed in 2 minute, 1 minute and 30 second increments
• Earn student Club stickers by completing levels
• Easy to Use
• 10 minutes a day commitment
• Track the progress of multiple users.
• 3 levels plus a challenge level
• For grades K-5, remedial middle school and high school

Mad Dog Math is a download program that helps your child drill basic math facts.  Students have 20 -24 problems to complete as fast as they can. When they complete the 2 minute drills, they can move to the 1 minute drills and eventually complete the problems in 30 seconds or less. The goal is to securely imbed these basic facts in your child’s memory. Mad Dog Math tests the students using Fact Families. They can miss 2 or fewer problems to be able to move on to the next drill.  If your child misses more than two they can “go fetch” a new set of problems from the same fact family to drill.

### ClarkClan Thoughts and Opinions

Mad Dog Math is a simple, easy to use program. I liked the clean uncluttered screen. I also liked that once an answer was typed in the program automatically moved to the next problem. There was no need to hit the enter button after every problem. There are  three levels. The first and second level focus on addition and subtraction. The third level is multiplication and division. The final level is a challenge level. I liked that you could press the “progress” bone and see exactly where you were in the level.

We had mixed reviews of Mad Dog Math in our house. Ben (9) and Rebekah (7) were the ones that tried out this program. To begin, I think I should say that both Ben and Rebekah have no trouble with math facts. They both know addition and subtraction and are just starting multiplication.

Ben absolutely loved the program. He enjoys math drills and has a great time using Mad Dog Math.  He is motivated  by seeing the different fact families he has passed. Ben liked the challenge of going through the families to see how fast he could do them. Ben also thought the “dog” theme was funny. He liked pressing on the dog bones for a new worksheet and listening for the dog woofing when a new problem set was being “fetched”.

Rebekah, on the other hand, did not take to the program.  She had no trouble with the math facts she just found the computer program boring. She was also upset to learn that once she passed a level she was to do it again, this time faster.  Rebekah prefers pencil and paper drills with the excitement of mom starting the timer and the celebration with mom when she completes her paper in under the time.

As I said earlier, we had  mixed reviews from in our family. I feel this is a very solid program.  It reinforces those all important basic math facts, while making those facts automatic with the timing feature. I really like that the program supports multiple users. I also like that when your child logs out of the program it automatically saves their place.