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Reveiw: Math Galaxy

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Math Galaxy is an award-winning Java-based math tutorial for grades K-12.  I would liken it to extra practice math sheets for your computer, covering concepts from basic counting through Algebraic functions. 

The goals of Math Galaxy are to help kids make conceptual connections through visual practice and to offer supplemental resources that allow kids limitless practice in both areas of struggle and new concepts.  The website offers printable and online resources to give you a feel for the product.  You can also take a guided tour of the product from the site home page.

We received Math’s Galaxy’s Whole Number Fun, a software program designed for grades 1-4. I focused on multiplication practice with Megan. While there were some quirky things that I wasn’t crazy about, I did like the fact that Math Galaxy showed Megan how to figure out some “anchor points” when doing multiplication. 

Basically, it would give her a page of multiplication tables, the three’s for example, and first have her fill in the easy ones, such as 3X5 and 3X10.  From there, it was easier for her to complete the table if she got stuck for an answer.

Overall, my impression of Math Galaxy was neutral — I wasn’t terribly impressed with it, but I didn’t hate it either.  The practice was good, but not her favorite or mine of our available options.  The colors and graphics weren’t spectacular, but the information presented was solid.  This isn’t a product that I would whole-heartedly recommend, but I wouldn’t tell you to avoid it either.

For $29.95, you receive the Whole Number Fun tutorial software that covers such concepts as basic operations, time, probability, graphs, money, and more.  The software CD runs on Windows 98 or later and Mac.  Math Galaxy offers a 30-day Money Back Guarantee.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary.

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