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Thursday, August 13, 2009

TOS Review The Quarter Mile Math

The latest product to come our way is The Quarter Mile Math program. Fun, fun, and more fun. Your kids race either a horse or a drag race car against themselves while doing math drills which range from basic keyboarding to fractional coefficients. They race against their previous five best scores so you can see how they're progressing with each race.

Math is not Jake's (12th grader) favorite subject - actually it's probably his *least* favorite but I was able to get him on and playing (ha! learning and reviewing!). I plan to have him continue to use Quarter Mile Math as his math jumpstart each day.

Hank (2nd grader) and Ella (1st grader) have very little keyboarding/computer experience so I was concerned they'd be discouraged and just give up. Once again I was pleasantly surprised to find they really enjoyed it. Currently, I have them just doing single digit numbers to boost their confidence and increase their keyboarding skills, but Quarter Mile Math will be a regular part of our math curriculum.

It was really easy to set up and begin using...I managed to do it all by myself! Jake, of course, navigates through it with no trouble, and my younger two are learning how to get started and change from racing horses to drag racers on their own.

Quarter Mile Math is available in 3 levels from Kindergarten through 9th grade (or older if your student struggles in math) and ranges in price from $39.95 to $89.95. You can also choose between the Standard version or Deluxe, and here is a chart to help you decide which one best serves your family.

We’ve added more affordable options for subscribing to the Deluxe version. Subscribers can now get it for…

--- $2.95 per family per month
--- $19.95 per family for one year (save $15.45 over one year) and
--- $34.95 per family for two years (save $35.85 over two years).

I want to note here that subscribing to the Deluxe version does NOT require you to purchase the $39.93 disc. So your family can enjoy this product for as little as $2.95. Is that incredible or what!

And they have sweetened the pot even more. If you order by September 30th, you'll get $5 off any product--Standard or Deluxe. Just use Referral Code 7L7D7

There is a place to input this code on the order forms, but don't wait because this Referral Code will be good only until September 30.

Below are some changes they've recently made in response to the wishes of some homeschoolers. Talk about great customer service! You ask and they answer!

We added a special section on our website designed specifically for homeschoolers. In that section you’ll find helpful resources like…
--- “Getting Started” (Information that will help you understand the basics of the Quarter Mile Math quickly and easily and help your kids jump right in to using it.)
--- “Tips & Info” (This will be an ongoing series of emails to help you make the most effective use of the program. Once emailed, they will be posted on this page. Anyone can sign up to receive these emails.)
--- “Printable Progress Chart” (Helps you keep track of students’ progress in The Quarter Mile Math.)
--- “Users’ Forum” (A place for homeschoolers to see how others are incorporating The Quarter Mile Math into their curricula.)

You can also sign up for a Tips Newsletter and receive emails with helpful tips in using the program.

I've been very pleased with Hank and Ella's keyboarding skills progress, and they have really enjoyed using the program. I give this product a hearty two thumbs up, and I think you'll find that you'll want to add it to your homeschool library.

You can buy it here and you read what other TOS Crewmembers have to say about it here.

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