Mouse Math is a verbal mathematics drill program that gradually uncovers whimsical
photographs as answers to spoken problems are clicked with a mouse. Setup options
allow you to select problem ranges appropriate for young children, older kids and
teens. Mouse Math 6 requires Windows XP or later and is free software. There is no
Mac version available.
When he was younger, my son Pete used many commercial basic math programs, some shareware
and a few programs that I wrote for him myself. By the time he was 11, much of this
stuff was just too babyish, and so we set out to write a new program that he would
look forward to using each day. What we ended up with was Mouse Math.
Although Mouse Math will work in text mode, my primary design goal was to improve
Pete's mental math abilities in the area of spoken math problems. In school, math
problems tend to be written rather than spoken, and students are encouraged to use
paper and pencil to solve them. That is fine, but in the real world, the person who
can hear a problem and spit out an answer often has a distinct advantage. Mouse Math
strengthens that ability and is an interesting alternative method for drilling younger
children on basic math facts.
Setup options make the program effective for children as young as 3, as well as for
teens and adults. The whimsical pictures and odd comments kept Pete interested in
for many months. He did a drill a day for most of a summer and enjoyed showing the
program to his friends. When school was about to restart I tried him again with standard
flash cards, and we were both amazed at how much faster he had become.