30 July, 2015

#MattieMathBot Math Game for Kids Review

     Last year, after a lot of frustration and anger on both our parts, I decided to home school The Big One.  It was a huge decision that I did not take lightly and I didn't do as well of a job as I'd have liked.  But we did work a ton on math.  What's funny is that she did amazing things like 3x²-(x³+√4) if x=4 and she was blowing people away with the intricate problems that she could solve.  But on their own, she has a hard time sometimes remembering common multiplication and division facts.  She always has to do them on paper and has a difficult time pulling them from the memory bank.
Please kindly ignore the messy desk ;)
     So we have looked into different ways to help her and whenever I stumble upon one that I think will work, I jump right on it.  I also like to use the things I find on the other kids so that they won't fall behind in that area.  And when I find a method that gets them excited to learn, I know I've found a winner.  Our new computer game called Mattie Math Bot does just that.
     Streaker couldn't wait for her chance to play and though she hasn't really started doing multiplication in school yet, she was able to do several types of multiplication levels and even some division levels.  The way the game works is that you use only your mouse to click your way through the city and to blow up crates, exposing numbers.  You have to walk through the correct number for the math problem that you are solving in order to answer the problem and gain more time.  When the clock runs out, you're done.
      To be honest, though it comes with beginner and advanced levels, I didn't really notice a big difference between them.  I struggled getting through any of the levels in time, but Streaker had no problem blasting through the levels that she tried in time.  Gotta say, it's the first time I have actually really felt old as a parent.  That's when I realized that the trusty little compass at the top of the screen points you toward the correct crate.  I'll just convince myself that Streaker was using it (even if she wasn't)... it will help me feel not so old.
     We will be using this for the rest of the summer along with a couple other things and hopefully when they go back to school they will be in good shape, math wise.  I think the best part is that they actually want to play this game.  I think that's wonderful.

     Do you ever implement video gaming to help with your child's learning?  Have any good games you'd like to recommend?..

     To learn more, check out Nacelle Games on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, as well as their website.

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.


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