Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cap Jax Math Facts - a review

Paul has finally mastered all his math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It was a LONG and difficult journey for him, and one that I am so glad we finally got through. Just in time for Zach to start this journey. I am hopeful it will be an easier task for him, but it doesn't look good so far! Mastering math facts basically takes lots and lots of repetition, and Zach gets bored and distracted quite easily so this may be another long road ahead!

I was excited to get to review a computer program that might help us on this journey. "Cap Jax Math Fax" is a simple computer program that is designed to help kids master these facts without having to go through flash cards with an adult every day. After all, flashcards are quite boring and time consuming.

So, I downloaded the game and gave it a try myself. It is very simple. I like the fact that the parent can choose exactly what skills are being worked on, and they can set the number of problems and the time parameters. You can play for "practice" or play for a rating which basically just keeps track of your score and time so you can race against yourself. There's no pressure and that's a good thing for Zach. There's also lots of positive feedback! I also love to be able to go on myself and see how much progress my child is making.

We have officially finished our school year, but I had already told the boys we would still be doing Math and Reading daily. When it came time for Zach's math I asked him to do Cap Jax. He was very excited to try out a new program and he liked it, at first. However, he got bored rather quickly and was distracted by all the other things on the screen. I made him do it daily for about 2 weeks. It was a chore to get him to do it every day. And, I had to sit with him to keep him on task. He did like the Merit Badges he earned and was quite pleased with his progress. However, he finally just asked if we could do flash cards instead. He is not a computer kid, he would much rather interact with a person. So, this was not the program for him.

Even though the program did not work for our family I think it would work well for a child that is more focused than Zach. It also, does its job, and sometimes that's more important than rather a child likes it or not! It would be a great tool for a child to use during the summer to sharpen or keep sharp the facts he has learned through the school year. Zach doesn't always get the concept of addition so that makes it even more of a challenge for him!

You can purchase the program as a download for $29.95. Or purchase the CD for an additional $5.95. There are also group and school packages available. If you want to give it a try before you invest in the program there is a free evaluation available as well!

Be sure and check out what other crew members thought at the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions given here are my own. There was no other compensation given for this review.

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