Sumdog Homeschool Product Review

SUMMARY

  • Grades: K-8th
  • Subjects: Math, Spelling, Grammar
  • Category: Non-Religious
  • Format: Game-Based Learning
  • Price: Paid, Free Versions

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How to Use Sumdog in Your Homeschool

 

If you are looking for a way for your grade school students to practice some basic educational skills then Sumdog is definitely worth looking into. It is essential that students learn the basics in math, grammar, and spelling before moving on to more complex concepts, building on each new skill learned. Plus, when combined with fun games learning comes more easily! 

 

Sumdog has a free version but a subscription to Sumdog premium provides more games plus more detailed feedback. There are 25 free math practice games that adjust to your child’s unique ability level. The game is led by a cute orange dog that will help you explore a town filled with fun activities such as Talent Show, Submarine, and even a Rollercoaster! When you click on the images you will be able to go to each game which covers arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percentages, equations, and money. 

 

There is also a variety of games for your child to practice grammar and spelling in a fun way! Just like the math games, when your child gets a correct answer, they get a coin that can be spent on costumes and accessories for your avatar. Each of the activities your child participates in, whether it is math, spelling, or grammar, adjust to challenge and build on skills already learned.

Sumdog can be played both on the computer or on another device by downloading the Sumdog app. 

 Sumdog Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Affordable- With a free version or a paid version. The premium paid version is a deal at only $6 per student each month.
  • Each game is timed which is good for students that want to become faster at math facts and other skills 
  •  Students will enjoy the incentive to earn coins to shop for their avatars.
  • A great way to reinforce basic learning skills from home or while traveling!

 

Cons

  • Each game is timed which may not be the best fit for students who process information slower. This can cause a lot of frustration. 
  • Students earn coins to accessorize their avatars but some of the female clothing options are less than conservative.
  • Some of the games are difficult to figure out how to do and there are no how-to directions.

 

Additional Comments

My son and I tried out the fun learning and games for the afternoon. My son has special needs and it was a nice way to review facts and learn some additional ones while playing games. Overall he enjoyed the activities but due to the fact he processes information slower the time limits were very frustrating. There were a few of the games that we could not figure out how to do so a few directions would have been nice. It would be neat if you could control whether you used a timer or not. There is also a way to compete with other people which could also be a fun incentive to learning. ~Joy Capps – NC

My 12-year-old and I enjoyed working through the math and grammar practice sections. The Sumdog interface really did learn about my student as she answered questions and completed each game. There were a few games that my daughter didn’t like, but for the most part, the games were fun and a reward for practicing the concepts that she had been learning. ~Jamie Gaddy