Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dreambox Learning Review & Giveaway

Do you have a child in grades K-2 that is having trouble with Math in school?

Do you have a child in grades K-2 that loves Math in school?

Do you have a child in grades K-2 that loves playing games on the computer?

If you answered yes to one of more of the above questions, have I got a website for you!

Meet Dreambox Learning, serious learning that's seriously fun.

Yes people, I'm talking about fun and Math in the same blog post.

What is Dreambox Learning? I'll let their website tell you:


Children think it's a fun adventure full of stories, interactive games, and more! Parents know it's real, individualized, and effective math that is made highly engaging so that their child will be motivated to play and learn — it's serious learning that's seriously fun!
It's serious learning because:

  • DreamBox individualizes learning through continuous assessment and adaptations during lesson game play. Lessons, hints, level of difficulty, pace, sequence, instructional tools, and many other aspects of the experience are tailored to help your child learn.

  • It's a robust math curriculum, with over 350 lessons built on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards.

  • It builds understanding and confidence in math fundamentals being taught in the classroom, through in-depth focus on Number Sense and Computation.

  • To enhance learning, students use virtual manipulatives rather than just clicking on an answer.

  • And DreamBox has an online parent dashboard that reports your child's progress in real time, and offers practical tips on bringing math fun into everyday life.


It's seriously fun because:

  • Kids choose from 4 adventure themes (pirates, pixies, dinosaurs, and pets), each with 8 stories, and hundreds of choices for activities in the online adventures.

  • DreamBox makes math lessons fun and interactive, so kids build confidence and a sense of accomplishment!

  • Kids can choose from 36 characters to represent themselves on screen.

  • Positive audio and visual feedback encourages progress.

  • Kids get rewards such as collectible Adventure Friends, tokens to play Carnival games, and Achievement Certificate awards that can be printed out and proudly displayed.


M has been playing Dreambox for the past 2 weeks. She LOVES it! She doesn't realize she's actually learning and has an absolute blast playing the games. After the first day of playing, she must have asked me 15 times the next day if she could play again. It was crazy!

The absolute best part is I can keep track of what she's learning, how well she's doing, and what she'll be learning next. You can access a special parental side of the site and see things like this:


Dreambox
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How freaking awesome is that?!?!

And lest you think it's just for K-2 aged kids, I played for awhile on their parent option and even I had fun! No joke, I got stumped on a couple of the activities. *Hanging head in shame.* Luckily, there isn't a progress report for parents. :)

Dreambox Learning has graciously offered up a wonderful gift for one lucky reader. Thank you Dreambox!

The Prize:

One lucky recipient will win a free one month subscription to their site!

Whatcha gotta do to win:

Pop on over to the Dreambox site and have a look around. Come back here and tell me what you think your child will enjoy most about the site. This requirement is a must for your first entry!

For additional chances to win:

  • Subscribe to this blog (if you already do, that counts)...leave a separate comment telling me
  • Tweet this contest...leave a separate comment including your tweet link
  • Post about this contest on your own blog...leave a separate comment about your post

Fine Print:

  • Winner will be chosen by Random.Org, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments!

  • Contest ends Thursday, 2/19 12AM EST. (I guess that's technically midnight Thursday morning, but you get the idea) Winner will be announced by noon on Thursday the 19th..

  • Open to US Bloggers only (sorry to my friends in the great white north and overseas)


  • Rules for each entry must be followed to be valid.


Thanks for entering and good luck!
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Comments are closed for this giveaway. Thanks to all who entered. The winner will be announced by noon Thursday!

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