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Keep the Math Skills Strong with Math Blaster (& a Giveaway)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 28, 2011 @ 1:58 am In Learning,Promotions | Comments Disabled

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: cksu1296@, themaliam@, jeremy_laina@

Summertime can be the season when skills your kids has learned in school start to slip a little. Teachers often call this the “summer slide.” It’s not a huge deal, but it can be frustrating to kids and parents alike to return to regular lessons in the Fall and find out that some lessons need to be relearned. This is particularly true where reading and math skills are concerned.

So, to keep your kids sharp, it’s good to practice a little summer learning. I believe that learning is naturally fun. That is to say, I think when kids say they don’t like school, it’s not the learning they don’t like, it’s the aspects of following someone else’s agenda as well as tackling a difficult task that bristles.

Case in point: My nine-year old says he doesn’t like school. But, he loves to learn. He reads books all the live long day and spouts off information that he’s learned.

Did you know that there’s a plant that is really sticky and stinky that can eat animals?

Did you know that Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world?

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated?

The kid is absorbing liquid like a dry sponge in a bathtub. But, he gets a sour look on his face when I say, “Have you done your math?” It’s not that he does poorly in math, but he doesn’t want to do it. Plus, there’s that thing with multiplication and division tables. So, one solution that fell into our laps was Math Blaster [4].

Running inside the Chem Lab of Monster Morph [5]

Math Blaster [4] is a computer game that takes you into outer space. While it’s not a substitute for math instruction, it can be a helpful tool to keeping kids’ math skills sharp over the summer.

From FishBoy9,

It’s kind of nice because you can customize your character before you start playing and then you can play games like Bolt Cruncher where there are robots on a conveyor belt that move toward a mashing machine. You need to refill their batteries so they can get off. To fill their batteries, you need to drag the right fraction to them so they won’t get crushed. So you have to do math to save them.

Each day during our summer break, my kids are doing a daily math or science lesson. Math Blaster is a nice little perk that FishBoy9 can do once his chores and regular math are done.

From the makers of Math Blaster,

Knowledge Adventure is the creator of award-winning educational products like JumpStart and Math Blaster and is trusted by over 20 million parents. You can find our virtual worlds online at MathBlaster [6] and JumpStart [7]. In the Math Blaster galaxy, kids can explore a futuristic world, voyage to strange new planets and discover wacky alien races, all while practicing their math skills. At JumpStart [7], kids can explore magical worlds, discover and unlock games, videos, and storybooks that teach everything from math to reading.

Win a membership!

This week, three LifeasMOM readers will each win a 3-month membership to MathBlaster [6].

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post, telling us what you do to help your kids keep sharp over the summer.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, 7/3/11, at 8pm PST. The winners will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: cksu1296@, themaliam@, jeremy_laina@

Disclosure: I received a review membership to MathBlaster [6]. All opinions are my own.

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