Saturday, August 27, 2011

Flashmaster Review - a great replacement for flashcards!

My oldest son has gone through the Math U See Primer and Alpha math books. At the end of Alpha, I realized he just does not have his addition and subtraction facts down very well, and becomes easily frustrated with them. I knew we needed to do a lot of drilling, but I was looking for a product that would assist me so I wouldn't have to sit and do flash cards every day with him. Let's face it - there *is* only so much a mama can do in 24 hours! Anything that will assist me in making our homeschooling easier is a blessing to me!

I started doing lots of research online, and came across the Flashmaster. I had seen this product for the first time at the Sonlight table at our local homeschool conference. When I looked on the website, I was intrigued even more.

Flashmaster is basically a little handheld computer that is used for reviewing and drilling math facts. You have many choices in how you want to use this product. There are timed practices, timed tests, timed flashcards, tables, which you can do in order or mix them up. You can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.

Flashmaster was gracious enough to send me one to review. I have been thrilled with how my seven year old son has taken to this. He loves to use it to practice his drills now, and will pick it up on his own and use it throughout the day. I've seen his math improve in the one week time we've had it, and I love seeing how excited he is when he gets 100% right on a drill!

I think this would be a valuable tool for any family, whether they homeschool or not. We use this in the car, at the table, sitting on the couch for quiet time, basically it's portable and easy to take wherever you need it.

You can buy the Flashmaster on their website or on Amazon for $49.95.

(Please note, I was sent this product to review free of charge. All thoughts are strictly my own.)

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At August 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM , Blogger Julie said...

I have been looking at fun ways to include drill in our homeschool, so this is cool to know about. Some questions, maybe you know from working it.. can you choose a fact family to work on? Such as only the 5x family, or choose several families to work on? Thanks.

At August 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM , Blogger Caroline @ The Modest Mom said...

Yes, you can choose a fact family to work on. That is the Table button. Hope that helps!

At August 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM , Blogger Cassandra said...

If you're comfortable letting your children use the computer for flashcards, you can download a program called Anki. It's free, easy to use, and tells you how many cards you need to review each day to put facts into your long term memory.

I use Anki for learning vocabulary in my Japanese studies. It works wonderfully! You could set up flashcards for any subject and there are hundreds of decks available for free download that were created by other users.


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