Friday, May 18, 2012

Review of CapJaxMathFax

Six weeks ago, (Disclaimer!) I received free, in exchange for my honest review, a downloaded copy of CapJaxMathFax.  This math facts practice program is, in some ways, pretty bare bones, but for teaching the facts and giving kids incentives to improve, it is the best I have seen.

Being the curriculum junkie and proud Crew member that I am, I have more than one (like, um, four) math facts review programs.  I am not just saying things when I say that I think I have just found my new favorite.  Why do I (and, more importantly, my kids) like CapJaxMathFax so much? There are two major reasons: first, it has just enough graphics to be interesting, and, second, I can customize it so easily for any given session and for any given kid.

If you've never seen the program before, then this screen shot may look cluttered.  In reality, though, when your child is playing, there don't seem to be any distractions coming from the screen. As you can see, you can choose for your child to work on +,-,x, or / problems.  They can focus just on one, or on all four. Further, you can choose the range from which the problems will be drawn.  Maybe you just want them to practice 1-10 facts.  Maybe you have an older child that is ready for harder facts.  You customize the program for each child. You can choose to have a practice session only, or you can choose to keep track of your child's overall progress, as noted by the bars on the left of the screen.  Finally, see that SUPER up there? You can choose the interval necessary for the SUPER to appear.  You can select from 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, etc. seconds under "Super Seconds." If your child gets the fact correct within the allotted time chosen, the SUPER will appear on the screen. I was surprised by how much that SUPER means to my kids.  They know exactly how many they have earned!

Most parents know that our nation is falling behind in its math ability, and successful math ability begins with memorized facts.  Start your kids off right by insisting that they learn their math facts, and then make this process fun with CapJaxMathFax! CapJaxMathFax is available for download for $29.95 or on CD for $5.95 (shipping) more.  Especially if you have multiple children, CapJaxMathFax is a great deal for what it does.  Just the facts, and nothing but the facts...with some incentives built in!

My family will be using CapJaxMathFax for years to come.  To see how the program has worked for other homeschooling families, see the Crew blog.

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