Bookworm is a really bright kid.  He loves to read, loves history and is obsessed with coin collecting.  One thing he doesn’t love is math.

We just started homeschooling last year, so it took me several months to realize that his dislike of math is likely because he didn’t have his math facts down.  I thought the problem was multiplication facts, so we bought many aids to help him.  Frustratingly, none of them worked.  A few months later I realized that the real problem is that he hadn’t memorized all of his addition and subtraction math facts, either.

We started all the way back at the addition math facts with the help of UberSmart Math Facts from UberSmart Software, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress Bookworm has made!

## What Is UberSmart Math Facts?

UberSmart Math Facts is a downloadable program for kids in K-6 to help them learn their math facts.  At the lower level, children can learn with dot cards (that look like dominoes).  We have not used that level though I plan to start using it for PB & J Girl (5) this year for kindergarten.

There is also keyboard entry, though we did not use that.

For the older ages, there are flash cards available, which is what Bookworm used.  UberSmart Math Facts are based on mastery, so the student learns only one number group at a time.  For instance, the student learns to multiply all of the ones first before moving to the twos.

For the flashcards, students can choose between a number of different activities.

There is practice, where students are given flashcards for the number group they’re studying.

Then there is focused practice where students are given flashcards just for the cards that they previously answered incorrectly.

Finally, there is test, where they can see how well they’ve mastered the facts.  After the test, the program tells the student what percentage they answered correctly.  For the facts to be considered mastered, the student must answer 100% correctly and do so within a certain time allotment.  If they get 100% but don’t do it fast enough, they will need to take the test again until they can both get 100% AND do so within the required time.  (Parents can adjust how much time the student is given to complete the test.)

Though that may sound like a lot of pressure, I like that the tests are timed.  In order for math facts to be ingrained, a student must know them automatically.  Timing the students helps assure they have the math facts down.

## How We Used UberSmart Math Facts

During our six week review period, Bookworm mastered all of the addition math facts and has mastered his subtraction math facts through 8s.  (Addition and subtraction math facts go through 9 while multiplication and division math facts go all the way through the 20s, if you’d like.)

Bookworm did UberSmart Math Facts every day for 10 minutes a day.  (That is about his limit for math facts.  Even though he is doing much better mastering them thanks to this program, he still doesn’t like spending time learning math facts.)

## What Are the System Requirements?

The software will only work with Windows 7, 8, Vista, or XP.  I initially had trouble installing the program, but I simply called the company for assistance, and they helped me get the program running in no time.

## How Much Does UberSmart Math Facts Cost?

UberSmart Math Facts costs \$24.95.  Considering the strides Bookworm has made using this program for just six weeks, I consider this a bargain.  Once you download the program, you have it for a lifetime, and you can use it for up to 8 students!  I’ll definitely be using this with PB & J Girl and Cuddle Bug.

I was one of 100 Crew members chosen to review UberSmart Math Facts.  Click on the link below to read other reviews.