I received an email to check this new online math game for children some time back. It’s called DreamBox Learning. They were offering a free trial, so I signed up to give it a go.
What is DreamBox Learning?
It is an interactive, online program designed to engage children and teach them math through a something akin to an adventure game.
Based on what I’ve seen of it so far, it looks like a pretty comprehensive program. To the kids, it appears to be a fun adventure filled with stories, but in reality, the program teaches them math based on a math curriculum built on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards.
Children can play on their own or with a parent. Parents can then monitor their child’s progress through a parent dashboard which also offers tips on how to incorporate math into day-to-day activities.
With four adventure themes – pirates, pixies, dinosaurs and pets – DreamBox caters for both boys and girls alike.
If you want to know how effective this program is, they’ve got studies to show it’s efficacy. Take a tour of the program and try it free for 14 days if you want to find out more about the program and get a feel for how it all works. Subscription costs US$100/year which is much more affordable than math tuition classes and I’m sure your child will agree that it’s also much more fun.
What Did Gavin Think?
I tried signing Gavin up but I’m afraid he’s still not very interested in anything that isn’t Thomas and Friends or Little Einsteins. When I sat him in front of the computer, all he wanted was to see the Thomas and Friends and Little Einsteins websites which my SIL had introduced to him while she was visiting.
At 2 years old, he’s probably still a little too young to fully appreciate this program. Perhaps when he’s 3 years old, I’ll give it a go again. The fact that he loves playing on the computer already suggests that an online program would work well. I think the only reason he isn’t excited about DreamBox right now is because he isn’t familiar with the characters on the program.
What Do I Think?
Personally, I’m pretty impressed with DreamBox. It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it’s educational – just the way any learning program should be. I’ve seen a number of interactive learning programs online but I have yet to see one that looks as good as DreamBox. I would have loved playing a game like this when I was growing up.