"DreamBox Learning K-2 Math" creates a powerful learning experience because it is so personalized. The game's ability to adjust on the fly to add more help, or skip over areas already mastered, is extraordinary. It's like having your own personal math tutor inside a game.
Because of this adaptive presentation, it is good for all kids in the targeted age range. If a child is very good at math, he or she will revel in the challenges presented. Likewise, if a child is struggling, this game knows to offer the math concept in different ways, or, if necessary, to back off from a too-difficult concept and explore it again later.
"Dreambox Learning K-2 Math" is great for any family who likes to use the computer for learning. It would also work well in after-school programs or even in schools.
RATING: 5 stars (out of 5) Best for ages 5-7 From DreamBox Learning, www.dreambox.com, $12.95/month, Win/Mac with Broadband Internet connection.
Jinny Gudmundsen is the kid-tech columnist for USA Today.com and Gannett News Service, and is also the editor of Computing with Kids (www.ComputingWithKids.com ).