ABC and 123: Play To Learn: DreamBox Math Review & Give Away!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Play To Learn: DreamBox Math Review & Give Away!

I was recently given the opportunity to review DreamBox for ABC & 123! DreamBox is an online math curriculum for grades K-3 that teaches your children math through the use of fun interactive games! We reviewed the Kindergarten and 2nd Grade math games.
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DreamBox offers 2 pricing options:
How DreamBox works:
  • When you first start, your child creates an avatar, they can even print and color it! (One comment my daughter made is that the avatars look like teenagers when you pick them, but then when you get into the game they look more like ‘babies’ and she didn’t like that. Just a suggestion for the DreamBox folk!)
  • All of the lessons cover the key concepts from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics-recommended curriculum for each grade level—with over 100 lessons per grade.
  • An initial placement lesson and ongoing assessment ensure that your child starts at the optimum point in the curriculum, and continually gets the right new lessons at the right time.
  • The games encourage children through the many different adventure stories they can explore, and they can track their progress, collect rewards, and feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • All aspects of the experience are adapted for each child—including the lessons, hints and instructional feedback, the pace, sequence, and much more—to help your child to feel engaged, motivated, and successful.
  • And my favorite part: parents get progress report emails, tips for fun home activities, and an online "Dashboard" so you can easily follow your child’s progress.
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Like I said, we played the Kindergarten and 2nd grade levels, but here are some images from their 3rd Grade level as well:
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My Thoughts:
I especially like that the game gives your child an assessment test right off the bat followed by tutorials to show them how to play the games. Once they’ve passed through the assessment and tutorials they start into the actual curriculum. Each time they play the activities change and increase in difficulty, but not too much, the games make it so your child is successful but challenged at the same time.
I also really like the parent dashboard, its very easy to see how your children are doing in the program, and how well their progressing. This is especially helpful when you have multiple children!
The only thing my kids didn’t like was that it was difficult to go back to a different spot in the same level if you don’t like the one you picked the first time. It appears you have to play through the area you pick before you can move on to a different game in that same level. But once they got over that, it was no big deal.
I have to say that overall we liked this program, the games were easy to follow and they caught on very quickly. My kids fought over who got to play next, and since math was involved, I took that as a good sign!
Visit DreamBox for more info!

Now for the Give Away!
DreamBox has generously offered a 1 month free subscription for one of our readers!
This Give Away will be open until Friday May 14th, 2010 midnight EST!
Winners will be announced Sunday May 16th!
There are 3 ways to enter this give-away, PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY! (Please make sure you leave an email so we can reach you!)
  • Leave a comment letting us know your interested!
  • Visit the DreamBox Parents section and tell me what your favorite feature is for parents!
  • Subscribe to ABC & 123 for an extra entry!
Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided with a free DreamBox membership in order to test the products and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.
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41 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to win this for my kiddos!
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  2. I love how the parent tips are broken down via grade level.

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  3. I'm interested!

    heers04 at msn dot com

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  4. I subscribe to abc 123

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  5. I would love this for my 2nd grader and preschooler!

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  6. Looks like fun for both my kids!

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  7. Looks great! I am interested!

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  9. My daughter would love this!
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  10. I would love to try this out!

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  11. I am SO interested!
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  12. Faithful subscriber.
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  13. I would love this for my kiddos!

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  14. I love that you can see what is being skipped and played most often.

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  15. I've read reviews of this program before and have been wanting to check it out! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  16. The Math Activities Calendar looks great! I'll have t oprint it out when we get home from vacation.

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  17. I'm interested. We signed up for the free trial and my daughter who hates math has played 10+ hours in 4 days!

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  18. My favorite part of the Parent Dashboard is the "Get Details" link. I love that you get a short version to quickly see how they are doing and the detailed page to see exactly what they are working on and how they are progressing!

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  19. I'm glad that I looked through your blog. I am going to sign up right now. Thank You
    Sharnet

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  20. I would LOVE to win!! I never win anything! lol

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  21. Progress graph is great, I also like the quiz to find out your teaching style. I am a "Historian".

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  22. I just subscribed to your blog!

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  23. I'm totally interested in winning this.

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  24. I like the edu-style quiz on the parent's section of the website.

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  25. Of course I am interested, this would be awesome for my little one :)
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  26. The parents section that I like the most is the newsletter, I like to be updated in educational materials :)
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  27. I am already a subscriber :)
    and thank you soooo much :)
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