Math Galaxy offers a series of software CDs that help students tie the
abstract concepts of math to concrete experiences by using graphic illustrations
at each step, which aids in retention. Students progress through the exercises
at their own pace. According to the company website, this series is based on
the following philosophy:
- New ideas must be connected to a child's current network
of knowledge and experience.
- Skills develop along a concrete-to-abstract
continuum, with advanced skills developed by generalizing from
more concrete experiences.
- A child must see a wide range of
instances of a concept in order to separate out extraneous
material from what is essential.
- A child needs to be actively
engaged with new ideas and not passively entertained.
This particular CD is suitable for 6th grade students. It
has explanations, practice, and games covering decimals, ratios and
proportions, percents, geometry, graphs, data analysis, and probability.
Games included are Word Jumbles, Riddles, Bridge the Swamp, and
The on-screen explanations are clear, and the examples are easy to
follow. If your 6th grader needs help in these areas, Math
Galaxy is well worth a look.