June 21, 2010

DreamBox Learning

DreamBox is an on-line math program for students in JK to Grade 3.

The DreamBox Learning's instructional philosophy is: "Our math content simultaneously develops conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving ability. We believe that all children can become proficient, flexible, mathematical thinkers when their learning environment is engaging, personalized, and responsive to their developing mathematical ideas and strategies. We provide children with opportunities to develop the full range of skills and logical thinking, from learning the basic facts for computation, to developing problem-solving strategies." (http://www.dreambox.com/ca/instructional_philosophy)

This program helps students to improve their math skills and understanding. While using DreamBox at school, the students worked on the following Kindergarten math skills:
  • Comparing sets of 1 to 10 objects
  • Building 1 to 10 optimally
  • Identifying the missing addend
  • Identifying more, less, and equal
  • Ordering numbers
  • Beginning adding and removing
  • Identifying number pairs
  • Identifying doubles and near doubles
  • Using problem solving skills
DreamBox is so much more than a computer math game. "Through continuous assessment and adaptation, DreamBox individualizes every aspect of your child's experience: the lessons, hints, level of difficulty, pace and sequence, instructional tools, and much more."

DreamBox uses instructional tools that the students have used in the classroom: Rekenrek (math rack), 10 frame, dot arrangements (for subitizing), number line, 100s chart, etc.

DreamBox has received numerous awards, including the 2010 BESSIE Award for Best Math Website and the Mom's Choice Gold Award for excellence in family-friendly products. (http://www.dreambox.com/awards)

Most of you have received an email, inviting you to sign-up for a 14-day free home trial. You may choose to sign-up for your free trial over the summer. The cost to subscribe to DreamBox at home is $12.95/month for one child or $20.00/month for a family of up to 4 children. For more information about DreamBox Learning, please go to: http://www.dreambox.com/ca/

Currently, over 600 students in our Board have subscribed to DreamBox Learning. After trying our free classroom trial, our school has the opportunity to subscribe to DreamBox Learning for $10/student for the 2010-2011 school year. If students have a subscription through the school, parents have the opportunity to extend the subscription so that their children can also use the program at home for an additional $10/student for the 2010-2011 school year.

If you do sign-up for the 14-day free home trial, please let me know what you think of the program.

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