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DreamBox Learning K-2 Math

DreamBox Learning K-2 Math Overview

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Kids in kindergarten through second grade can use the subscription-based DreamBox Learning K-2 Math game to reinforce math skills learned in the classroom, as well as develop new skills. The Web-based game is designed to grow with your child, as well as provide useful feedback to parents about the child’s skills.

Pros

  • Moves at your child’s pace with individualized activities
  • Encourages kids to learn with various challenges and rewards
  • Feels like a math game

Cons

  • Subscription pricing may limit access for some families
  • Feels like a math game!

Getting Started with DreamBox Learning K-2 Math

Parents get started with DreamBox Learning by creating a parent account. They use this account to maintain the site subscription, follow their children’s progress and test the game out for themselves. Each child has his or her own sub-account under the general parent account. Kids design their own avatar (character) to use as they navigate the game.

One of the first tasks in DreamBox Learning is to practice the use of the mouse. Kids must complete these basic mouse tasks (such as pointing and clicking) before moving on to the rest of the game. The activities continue to be friendly to this age group with verbal prompts and gentle redirection if kids get distracted or make a mistake.

DreamBox Learning Game Content

The game consists of a variety of themed areas. The main learning areas allow kids to work with pirates, dinosaurs, pixies and pets. Each of these areas has 8 “stories” for the kids to work through. Working through the activities earns tokens you can use to play special games and “pet friends” which are similar to virtual trading cards.

DreamBox Learning K-2 Math content is based on curriculum recommendations from the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). The lessons are individualized for the child through the use of “test” activities that gauge a child’s skill level in a certain area. These activities don’t look any different, but they help DreamBox Learning adjust the content to focus on trouble areas. This is a key aspect of the site, as it helps keep kids from getting too frustrated by content that progresses too fast/slow.

Parents can view detailed information about their child’s progress through the Parent Dashboard, but that’s not the only information they receive. DreamBox Learning sends out regular newsletters to parents. They include tips for integrating math learning into fun family activities. The newsletters are a wonderful addition to the subscription!

The “M” Word – Math for Kids

One of the strengths of DreamBox Learning is that the kids are engaged in math lessons. They’re not shooting at an enemy with occasional math problems thrown in. On the other hand, kids who already believe they dislike math, or aren’t good at it, won’t be fooled by the playful nature of the site. It’s very clearly math.

The activities make use of math manipulatives such as a ten frame and mathrack. Parents should definitely play with the game as well, because many of these manipulatives are part of a “new math” curriculum and may not be familiar tools. They are often used in the classroom to give a more sensory approach to learning math, so parents may also want to provide physical examples in the home for reinforcement.

The math lessons span the recommended proficiencies for kids from kindergarten through 2nd grade. They include counting, more/less, sets, addition/subtraction, simple number patterns, positive/negative numbers, skip counting and concepts of distance and volume.

Bottom Line

DreamBox Learning K-2 Math is a wonderful way to reinforce concepts, teach new skills and help retain learning over the summer break. While it may not be as engaging as some of the virtual worlds or video games out there, the educational value is significant. Kids will enjoy completing challenges and parents can rest assured that they're learning as they're doing it.

System Requirements and Subscription Fees

Requirements:
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Updated Web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari)
  • Updated Flash plugin

You can test your computer's compatibility on their website.

Subscription Fees:
  • One Child: $12.95/month of $59.95/6 months
  • Up to Four Children: $19.95/month or $99.95/6 months
Tip: Try the trial out for a few days. If you like it, purchase a six month subscription upfront. It will save you a significant amount each month.

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