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Friday, April 6, 2012

TRICKOMATICS Math Movie & Interactive Software Review & Giveaway (ends 4/27)


TRICKOMATICKS

I was REALLY hoping that I would get the opportunity to
 review this program!

(and I did - yay!)

I love to evaluate curriculum and programs for education. 

This one I am happy to say gets an old fashioned A+


Trickomaticks comes with a cd Movie that should be watched before
playing the games because it gets your child invested in the 
characters and gives a preliminary introduction
to the main "tricks" included in the game cd. 


My son and I watched the movie together. 
My son is a bit of a Pre-teen Cartoon connoisseur 
so I was comfortable with the fact that he wouldn't "love" the movie,
but he actually DID like it and watched it twice!


COOL!

I had played them ahead of time so that I would know how to navigate
the game and the individual problems before sharing it with my son.


The one thing I got stuck on was in popping the balloons and getting the clues.
There are boxes that show up in steps to solve the problems.
You are to enter values (answers) in the boxes.


So for example, this picture has two empty boxes. I would enter both 
the answers in the available boxes but the game would not recognize 
that I had done anything. 
I finally realized that you must do each box/each step
one at a time and hit enter rather than fill in both/all at the same time.
This makes perfect sense so that you learn the steps in the process.
So when you pop a balloon for a hint, enter the answer in the first box,
hit "enter" to check your answer, 
then move to the next and so the same. 


So, After watching the movie a second time, I opened up the game.


I had him pick his own choices, play/solve a few and then pick another.


They are not "games". 
They are problems and learning how to solve them.
It is a teaching tool, not like playing a traditional video game. 
BUT, it was still fun and  interesting for my son.


 He was having to re-learn 
how to solve problems with the new, easier strategies so there was 
a level of normal math frustration (a good thing).
Once he got the hang of the new "tricks" he was almost speechless about how 
simple solving difficult, multi-step problems with big numbers could be.


The tricks are not something that you can just teach a child and be done with it.
This program is valuable because it keeps skills sharp 
and lets kids practice the 
strategies until they are fluent and fast.



Lastly, I LOVE that the game keeps track of the statistics
of your child's progress in the program
so you can monitor and adjust the individual learning process 
specifically for each child! 




This game comes with a recommendation of ages 7 - 11 but CLEARLY
these strategies are Amazing and Beneficial
and should be shared with children 7 through adult. 
I will be sharing this with my teens because I sincerely learned some 
valuable math skills from this program that will be helpful to him in 
High school, Formal testing, College and Real Life!


Get your free trail today and you will be as excited as I am about 
learning easy tricks to solve difficult math. 


My Son's Review:
"I loved the video. It was interesting and just from the video I learned a bunch of 
different math tricks.The animation is really good. The smartest characters are Chloe and Joey.
Shmoey could only focus on eating! He is like me. 
I think that this would be good for first and second graders for sure because that is when 
you learn place value, but I am going to be in fourth grade and I learned new tricks to 
make math easier. The tricks make it easy and on the game when you get the hints it makes 
it look like the pre-algebra we do at school. 
The eleven's trick confused me at first but then once I learned it,  I think it is like a real trick! 
I think that it is worth it to get Trickomatics to be better and faster at math,
 and kids would like it."

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1 comment:

  1. My kids are still too young for this, but this is definitely something I would use with them. Sharing with my homeschool Mom's!

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