Monday, February 1, 2010

Saxon - Facts First

Here is an online math program that's great for the beginners. Factsfirst was designed by the makers of Saxon Math to help students become more automatic in the facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The goal is to make students more confident. It can be used in conjunction with a Saxon Math program, but does not have to be. You can use it to supplement any curriculum. The bright colors and cute pictures on the pages are great for the young students. Here are some sample pages.

The students will get a little character to dress up as they wish.

The lessons are colorful and fun. New facts are introduced gradually, to encourage mastery.

The arcade rewards kids for completing lessons. The kids just don't realize that they are still learning while "playing" in the arcade.

The parent page shows a matrix of the facts your child has learned.

I received a 90-day trial of FactsFirst to be able to review it. My first grader was easily able to navigate around and do the lessons. Of course, his favorite part was making the guy at the beginning. I love the smart technology. It builds off of what your child knows and becomes personalized to what they need to practice. You can go to the website to see more. A one year membership is $49.99.

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