Today was our 1st day of Summer homeschool. Teddy was out for a week vacationing with his grandparents, so we took the week off, also. Now that he is back, I started in on my Summer plans for learning. First up: Mad Dog Math. This is a program for learning your Math facts. We are working through the multiplication/division series, but an addition/subtraction series is also available.
I purchased the homeschool binder edition. Also available is a homeschool computer program and then a School program- both binder and computer. I kind of like paper and pens ;)
I set myself up for some angst when I first brought it home- and kept putting off opening it till I had a chunk of free time to sit and read through the instructions and time for photocopying the drills.
Sheepish admission here...when I did pop it open (late at night during an asthma breathing machine episode for Demi..I figured, hey, I'm awake...!) I realized that no prep work/time/reading was needed. I was happily disabused of that notion. I didn't really need to make copies, either- the drills are intended to be worked with handy wipe- off protectors and a dry erase pen. :)
Today was our first day. We spent the morning reviewing our 2 times tables, using the flashcards that came with the program and then I had the kids write them out a few times, and we chanted them.
Next came the timed drill. Demi and Teddy made the 2 minute club, Amie had a bit of trouble, so she will be working with me tonight on them and then doing a slightly different 2 times drill tomorrow.
Tuesday, the kids will move on to the 2 division facts.
A Full review coming soon after we have used the program a few weeks, promise!
*disclaimer: I purchased Mad Dog Math at a discount in exchange for my honest review here -keeping it all so real and legal, blog friends ;)