My kids and I enjoyed and got alot from using the Quarter Mile Math Deluxe software we’ve been using recently. You can watch a video or see a demo here.
Alot of homeschoolers do very well in understanding math concepts. However, speed in computational skills that is required in those pesky standardized tests usually needs some work. I had heard through the homeschool grapevine that this software has done so much to help homeschoolers with their computation, but it didn’t make much of an impression on me. I had thought, “What could that program do that doing timed drill worksheets can’t do?”
After seeing my boys use this program, I can see the difference. This program has alot more to offer than flashcards or worksheets, or even other math software programs.
Here’s What the Program Does for You and Your Kids
The deluxe version of the math program offers practice and review in math computation for skills in grades K-9 with the following math areas:
- Numbers and Letters
- Whole Numbers
- Introduction to Fractions
- Math Strategies
Within each of these areas, you can choose a particular topic. For example, one of my sons reviewed his multiplication tables in the Whole Numbers subject area. My other son practiced working with like and unlike fractions within the Fractions subject area.
With the Deluxe version of the software, you are able to access all subject areas of math available from Levels 1, 2, and 3, and you can choose to race against others at the same time (family members and siblings in your account who also have access to the internet) or race against the computer (Fast Eddy) or your own scores.
So that your children can participate in a tournament with others outside your family, you can form a co-op of homeschool families under one account with one person acting as the administrator for the account. Barnum Software is looking for seven or more families who would like to participate in a pilot tournament program. Families in the group would use a special Deluxe version of The Quarter Mile Math that would enable students to have tournaments with each other.
If you are interested in receiving documentation about this program, contact The Quarter Mile Math at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you have the Standard version you work from a cd-rom and only have access to subject areas for the levels you purchase on the cd-rom. You do not access the internet and you only race against your own scores, the computer, or other scores that other family members have previously earned and saved on that computer.
Here is how the two formats compare:
$2.95 per family per month
$19.95 per family per year
$34.95 per family for two years
Has all 323 topics in the entire product line and all 70,000+ problems. Covers K through 9th grade (pre-algebra)
Up to 12 family members can use it.
Student progress tracking features:
- Tracks a student’s progress over time automatically.
Has a single screen that shows…
All topics in which the student has practiced.
Their chronological progress in each topic.
The number of races completed daily in each topic plus grand totals.
The number of correct answer completed daily in each topic plus grand totals.
Multiple students can use it on different computers simultaneously.*
(DSLor broadband is required to be able to do this.)
Students can be in real-time tournaments with other family members on multiple computers. Even those out of state.
Program can be downloaded. Ordering a CD backup is optional.
Internet connection required but students never go to the web. Students scores are automatically saved to Barnum Software’s Quarter Mile Math server. Minimum connection: dial-up.
One-time purchase–prices range from $39.95 to $89.95 depending on the grade range. Description of level packages
7 different Quarter Mile Math products to choose from covering different grade ranges.
All family members can use it.
Student progress tracking features
- A student’s progress can be tracked over time.
Can be installed on multiple computers but only one student can use it at a time. Students can take turns competing in a topic during a tournament.
Comes on a CD that is shipped to you.
No internet connection needed. Student scores are saved onto your computer(s).
Once you choose your subject and topic you wish to practice, you can choose the option of racing cars or horses. (I liked the horses myself. Of course, my boys chose the race cars most of the time.) Then you choose whether you are going to “Race with everyone” or “Track your own progress over time”. This takes you to your race track. If you chose yourself, the top 5 averages of your scores will be your competitors in the other lanes. (Or, if you don’t have those scores yet, you will be racing against Fast Eddy, the computer.) If you chose to race with everyone, you can choose who you want to race with and they will appear in your competitors’ lanes.
The math problems appear at the bottom of the screen and you type in your answer as quickly as you can. Each correct answer makes your car or horse accelerate the pace; each incorrect answer keeps the car or horse moving at the current pace. When you give an incorrect answer, you get 2 more tries to type in the correct answer. If you still do not get it right, the program shows you the correct answer and gives you a chance to type in that answer. This process repeats until you type in the correct answer and move to a new problem.
At the end of the race, you select “save” and your score is saved in the correct folder (race with others or tracking your own progress).
Reasons Why We Liked this Program
- Everyone can use it, alone or the same time on multiple computers and using the internet.
- Everyone can see progress. The child can see it in his scores from race to race and from day to day. The parent can see the scores for the racers on a Student Scores screen or print them out.
- It was a fun and effective use of time building math computation skills in short periods of time that you can include daily or a few times per week. (We’re doing a few times per week in addition to our daily math lessons.)
- This program gives immediate feedback to show you a correct answer in the place of an incorrect answer and your racing placement and time after each race.
- This kind of program really motivates children to want to perform math calculations faster and more accurately so they can see if they can “beat their last score.”
This is one kind of drill and practice that excites my guys and me! It is alot more motivating and confidence boosting than our kitchen timer and a blank sheet of math problems and mom saying, “Go!”
For more information about the benefits in using this program with your math curriculum visit Quarter Mile Math and watch some of their videos.
Now until September 30th when you place an order with Quarter Mile Math, you can enter the Referral Code – 7J7C7 – to receive a $5 discount on either the Standard or the Deluxe version.
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