Mathletics is an online mathematics site that provides both instruction and drill at every grade level. In the practice mode, students can choose from a list of topics to work on. When the student correctly answers 9 out of 10 questions, he or she is awarded a “gold bar” and is one step closer to mastering the grade level. In addition, points are awarded, which may be redeemed in the cyber-store. Emily found this very rewarding and was more motivated toward accuracy than I have ever seen! The list of topics is quite comprehensive. You can see the pie chart in the picture below how much of the content Emily has mastered so far.
Her favorite activity on the Mathletics site was the Live Mathletics area, where she was actually able to compete in speed drills with kids from all over the world.
A parent’s area on the site allows the parent to monitor the child’s progress, set assignments in the task manager, and print worksheets. The second through fourth grade worksheets are not yet available, but I printed some of the fifth grade level activities and was pleased with the quality. (I did have trouble viewing them on Firefox, however and had to open them in Internet Explorer.)
A subscription to Mathletics also provides access to another math program, Rainforest Maths, which also provides a wide level of colorful and fun math activities.
A one year membership to Mathletics costs $59. However if you know the “human calculator’s favorite number”—9, the membership will cost you only $49. I think this is a a great value for the amount of material that is covered in a way that is fun and motivating for kids!
I received 45 days of online access to Mathletics in return for my honest review.