Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Math Facts NOW - A Review

Product: Math Facts NOW

Price: $15.95 for download / $15.95 + $3.95 s/h

Contact: Tom Furtado (

Free Trial: Demo

To Purchase: MFN

Age Range: 3rd grade and up

Brief Intro:
  • You choose which function and which specific numbers to drill.
  • You choose how many problems to be given in a specific session.
  • You choose how much time your child is given to complete a problem.
  • You choose how many times the child repeats problems that he/she made mistakes on or took too long on.
  • Math Facts NOW! remembers which problems your child is having difficulty with, and automatically presents them back to the child with greater frequency!
  • You choose to enter a reward for the completion of a lesson with no errors.
  • You choose to print a list of your child's weak areas. (From the Website.)
In-Depth Look:

Our family has reviewed lots of math programs over the past 2 years on the TOS Crew. Some were hits and some were duds, as far as my children were concerned. So, we are always curious when a new math program arrives. Will we like it? Will it be helpful?

This time around we are reviewing a program called Math Facts NOW. You can download it for $15.95 or pay an extra $3.95 to have a CD mailed to you. It is easy to install and get the program up and running. Note: It is not available for Mac or Linux.

The program is designed to be customizable based on your child's needs. Enter the student's name. Choose the math function. Then choose which numbers to drill.

More customizations include how many questions your child must answer. How many seconds to allow for each question (from 2 to 60 seconds). How many times your child needs to type out answers that were incorrect or that he took too long to answer (between 2 and 10). You can also choose a reward upon completion of a lesson.

The lesson is very simple. The program will ask a question. Your child will enter the answer. If it is correct, a message will tell him it is correct.

If it is wrong, a message will tell him it is wrong. (Or if he takes too long to answer the question.) He then must type the math equation the number of times that you preset.

After the lesson is done, you can view or print a detailed report. The report tells
-When she started the lesson
-How long she spent on the lesson
-How many were answered correctly
-How many were answered incorrectly
-How many were answered too slowly
-Average time taken per question
-Detailed description of the lesson
-The questions answered incorrectly

My 8 and 12 year old daughters used this program on a regular basis for several weeks. They didn't love it, but they used it with minimal complaints. Which is good enough for me. It is quick and simple for them to run through the drills on their own. Then I can see all the information that I need to know on the parent's report.

After several weeks of use, I can see improvement in my daughters' instant recall of math facts. I am encouraged by the results . . . so obvious in such a short amount of time. I plan to continue using this program on a regular basis for drill, practice, and review of math facts.

I recommend this program. It is a very reasonable price. And you can try it out for free.

Read other reviews here.

Disclaimer: I received the Math Facts NOW program free of charge, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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