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Parents need to know that DreamBox Learning Math is a subscription-based educational math program for kids in grades K-8. The system adjusts to a student's math competency as they play. The program's accessed online without requiring a download from a computer. Parents can get regular updates on kids' progress, and the site is offering a free 90-day trial to support families who have home learning needs due to shelter-in-place guidelines. Parents just need to sign up by April 30, 2020. There's no inappropriate content to be found on the site.
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What's it about?
DREAMBOX LEARNING MATH is a subscription-based educational software game site that plays directly from the internet with no download. It has a powerful recommendation engine which tracks how kids play through the educational content and adjusts on the fly to present kids with a math curriculum that it most appropriate for them. Featuring over 1200 individual math activities for grades K-5, there are millions of different paths a child can take. After parents create an account at www.DreamBox.com, their kids play by choosing an avatar and the theme of their adventure (animals, pixies, pirates, or dinosaurs). Then it's off to explore a cartoon world that resembles a board game where each math activity represents a space on the board. Depending on how a child does while playing a math activity, the game will offer new math activities based on past performance, so the game dynamically adjusts to the child's need.
Is it any good?
This math learning-based site makes practicing concepts pretty easy. Kids log on, see a list of items that have been assigned to them that week, click on each one, and play the associated exercise. They may, for instance, determine how far frogs need to move to advance in a race, then see them jump. The system supposedly tailors content to their abilities, adjusting what they're given based on how they fare in activities. Instead of simply clicking on right answers, games draw kids into the process of making the right answer by utilizing virtual math manipulatives, and they're given some information about why moves they make are wrong.
While the site's cartoony world is charming, this program provides beneficial learning opportunities. If kids are good at math, they'll revel in the challenges they're given, and if they are struggling, the games can offer additional help and new ways to look at difficult math concepts. That alone makes the site worthwhile. Although there's a fee involved to subscribe, parents may also appreciate being able to monitor how long kids are using the site and what concepts they're learning through the family dashboard.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Subjects: Math: arithmetic, estimation, fractions, graphing, measurement, patterns
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, part-whole relationships, problem solving
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, work to achieve goals
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: STEM
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (The site is offering a free 90-day trial to support families who may have home learning needs due to shelter-in-place guidelines if they sign up by April 30, 2020.)
- Last updated: November 30, 2020
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