Sumdog

 
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Learning(i)

Mostly free, mostly fun math games adapt to skill level.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids can learn that math is fun.

Violence & scariness

Some games involve shooting down spaceships and being shot at.

Sexy stuff

Some of the female avatars are dressed in provocative outfits.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

If parents sign in and allow their kids to use the Friends feature, kids can see when their friends are online and send them "Woof" messages.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sumdog is a way for kids to practice math skills while playing fun, math-related games against friends, classmates, or students from around the world. Games are individualized for each kid's ability level, so users can play against opponents who have the same skills. It's free, but a subscription to Sumdog Premium provides more games and more detailed feedback. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • fractions
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Lots of competitive opportunities bring kids back for more, and games are colorful and fun. The graphics aren't fantastic, but they'll please kids.

Learning Approach

Each kid has a completely customized set of games, and as he or she learns, games adapt for a continual challenge.

Support

Each game begins with a quick demo to get kids started, and instruction is clear. Kids get immediate feedback as they play, and they get total scores at the end. Information is saved, and progress can be tracked.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • fractions
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Kids can learn math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They can practice fractions, decimals, and percentages and eventually move on to solving equations. They'll learn patience and perseverance as games ramp up the challenge, and if they persevere they'll get to watch their scores improve. Sumdog is great for kids at all levels. They'll go crazy for the games while parents will see marked skill improvement.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

What's it about?

Sumdog has 25 free math practice games customized to your child's ability level. Guided by a cute orange dog, you'll explore a town filled with activities such as Talent Show, Submarine, and Alien Invasion. Click the images and you go to the games, which cover arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percentages, equations, and money. When you get a correct answer, you get a coin, which you can spend on costumes and the like for your avatar. Activities adapt and continue to challenge as you build skills in each subject.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids love choice and competition, and Sumdog provides both as well as real math practice. Each game is timed, creating a sense of urgency and excitement and helping kids build speed and increase math-fact fluency. Kids will love the incentive to earn coins to shop for their avatars, although some of the female clothing options are provocative. Some games are a bit much, such as Touchdown: dizzying graphics may prevent kids from focusing on math. However, Sumdog provides a bunch of types of games, which addresses various learning styles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ways math is useful in everyday life.  How do we use it in home-improvement projects?
  • Families can talk to their local school districts about entering one of the Sumdog math competitions.

  • For families interested in other math competitions, see if you have a local Math Olympiad team.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Numbers and letters
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 8 years old October 7, 2013
 

SUMDOG

Makes kids improve on their math,money,fractions,multiplication,division,subtraction and a bunch of learning crap.I play sumdog a lot.And i am so SMART AT EVERTHING
What other families should know
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 8 years old February 5, 2014
 
LEARNING

sumdog is ok

i think sumdog is GREAT but there is one issue that is when you play really hard and get lots of correct answers you get 0 coins which makes you upset that's happened lots of times to me and most of my classmates
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written byshawnv December 23, 2014
 
LEARNING

Common sense is overigzagirateing

I think common sense is over reacting it is perfectly fine sexy stuff? I don't think SO!
What other families should know
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