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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this software is so helpful because you can program so that children practice the specific math facts that are giving them trouble.
What's it about?
With JUMPSTART STUDY HELPERS MATH BOOSTER, kids practice specific math facts by playing three arcade games. For example, if your child needs to review addition facts involving sums from 0 to 9, she can play a game of DigiHog Drop in which she arranges cute little DigiHog creatures into equations that solve those sums. She can also learn those sums by playing a pinball game or a fast-paced, shoot-the-asteroid-type game. The software can be played in English or Spanish.
Kids can choose to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, and decimals at six levels of difficulty. Youngsters can also control the level of difficulty of the arcade play, and determine whether they want to compete against the clock. The coolest portion of the software is the Editor. Here, kids (or their parents) can enter a specific set of equations to appear in the arcade games so players can hone in on specific problem areas.
Is it any good?
Learning math facts is a part of every child's education. If parents want to avoid hours of tedious drill, they can now provide the drill on the computer in an engaging manner that kids will adore -- arcade games with a purpose!
Eventually kids will tire of the three arcade games, but with luck, this will happen after they have learned their math facts.
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