Friday, August 22, 2014

UberSmart Math Facts Review

We received the UberSmart Math Facts from UberSmart Software to review. This is a program that is designed for children in grades K-6, although it could still be used by children who are older if they need help reviewing math. It can be used by 8 or more students. This was a software that we downloaded onto our computer. The software requirements are Windows 7, 8, XP or Vista only.

UberSmart Math Facts can be used to practice Dot Cards (domino style), Keyboard Entry, and Flash Cards. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are covered on the software. You have the option of using addition and subtraction to go up through the 9's, and multiplication and division can go up to the 20's. Mainly this software offers the math facts as flash cards and timed tests.

We have only used the UberSmart Math Facts to begin lessons on addition. We have been leaning more towards geometry lessons lately, since that is their interest, but this program came at a perfect time. Bean has always been interested in math and loves to count everything she sees. We have begun activities that involve addition and subtraction. We use a combination of hands-on activities, flash cards (because while flash cards don't work for every child, mine actually love them), and verbal math lessons. We try to keep worksheets to a minimum.

Here's a few sample flash cards of how this product looks:

UberSmart Math Facts Review

Some of the flash cards will ask you to type in the answer.

UberSmart Math Facts Review

These flash cards make it really easy to memorize math facts!

UberSmart Math Facts Review

Our favorite flash cards are the dot cards. I prompt the kids to count each dot and then complete the question. It's a fun way to practice that doesn't involve worksheets.

UberSmart Math Facts Review

We like the UberSmart Math Software because it's a convenient way to review math facts all in one place. I only wish that there was an app version! My kids find that it is much easier to use their iPads for online activities. It means that they can use it independently without assistance, which they sometimes struggle with at the computer. It will help the child if they already have an understanding of math concepts before beginning to use this program.

We really like the simplicity of the UberSmart Math Software. My children are still learning the concept of addition and subtraction, which we prefer to use hands-on lessons for, but it's nice for them to practice with visual math too. We use the dot cards for addition and subtraction, but do not use the timed tests option.

The UberSmart Software costs $24.95 and does not require any addition products. It's a nice little helper for math lessons and provides simple flash cards to help children remember their math facts. It's easy to download and set up and you can use it immediately. We prefer the dot cards for now, but I expect they will be using the other cards in the next few years!

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