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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


What a mouthful, huh?

Guess what this is a review for?  Wait, I just ended that sentence with a preposition, didn't I?

So, let's go out on a limb and announce that this isn't a review for a language arts program.

CapJaxMathFax is a math drill program.

Meet Captain Jack....or Cap Jax.....


This program is a software that drills your kid's knowledge of math facts, without you having to flash cards at them. 

We used this for A-man, L-Girl and A-Girl....and I did a few just to see how fast I could be.  I am happy to say that I sailed smoothly through my addition and subtraction levels.

This really is just a fun way for your kids to really get their math facts memorized and quickly accessible.  I remember my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Toll, and our endless parade of flash cards with the entire classroom.....this is waaaaaay more fun than that!

It is not a fancy program.  It does not have fancy graphics or fancy characters to help lead the kids to math mastery.

It is just good old Cap Jax leaning on his chalkboard (yes.....chalk board....not white board.....gotta love that little retro touch!) and a space in the middle of the page where the math facts appear.

Along the edges you can see how you can pick what you want to work on, the level, how many facts per session, etc.  There is also a way you can just play for practice and not play for a rating.  Along the other side, you can see the summary details of how you have done for each selection.  The T-score is the total of all your ratings.

It isn't fancy, but it is effective.

So, do we like this program?


I mean, in theory, my kids are not crazy about sitting down and doing math again on the computer.  This is a supplement....not an "instead of" product.  So, they are doing this in addition to their regular math lessons.

 But, once they sit down, they are hooked. They try to beat their scores and their speed per answer.

I love it because there is virtually nothing I have to do.  As their website says, "Little teacher time or effort is required, but interest and encouragement are vital."  I have interest and encouragement coming out my ears. 

I also love that when you are done playing and want to exit the game you just press the "Bail" button.  Don't know why....but I just think it is funny.

This, to me, is just a good, no-nonsense, math supplement for the kids.  It will help them well into their adult years if they can get those basic facts memorized and are able to actually access the information when they are in the grocery store.  Mrs. Toll's flashcards are beginning to fade from my memory a bit these days.  I need some help!  Come on kids!

You can get this program by either a software download for $29.95 or there is a CD version available that will cost you a bit more than that to cover shipping costs.

Not sure if you understand the program or whether you will like it? 

You can try a free evaluation of it before you decide. 

See what other TOS crew members thought about CapJaxMathFax.

Disclaimer:  I received a software download version of CapJaxMathFax for free in exchange for an honest review.