Matific Galaxy is an online math resource that provides fun activities for learning or practicing math skills such as counting, ordering, addition, and subtraction. We have been delighted to give Matific Galaxy a try.
What is Matific Galaxy
Matific Galaxy is an award-winning, online learning math program that allows your child to learn through fun games in a math galaxy. The student learns age-appropriate math concepts while moving through the galaxy. The program is targetted from student Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program can be used on any desktop computer as well as an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone. We used it on our iPad and Mac.
Matific Galaxy provides a self-guided learning journey for your student. Students explore and learn on their own as they make their way through the math galaxy.
Student can work through with little assistance from their parents, depending upon their age and comfort level with using electronics. Since our little one isn’t great with a mouse, with really liked that it was available on the iPad for touchscreen interaction.
Students can work through games that are age-appropriate at their own pace. We worked in the Kindergarten program with our 5-year-old. She really enjoyed it. The games were colorful and interactive. They had fun “monsters” and “alien” characters that the student helps through the games. Once they complete a level they unlock new and more difficult levels.
There is a “read aloud” button available in the program to have the question, which appears at the bottom of the page, be read aloud to the student so they know what to do. The games are fairly intuitive and though our 5-year-old is a beginning reader, she is not an independent reader but she was able to work through the levels with little assistance.
However, I did think it odd that the beginning instruction, especially in the Kindergarten level, didn’t just automatically read the questions to the student or how the characters talk to the student. In fact, the character speaks in an “alien language” which is not understandable but the user intuitively knows what is being implied or said.
After the student works through a level they earn pixels to fill up their character, which they can do, and then it makes a picture and moves on. I thought it was a little odd but my daughter seems to like it. However, after manually loading the pixels into the picture a couple of times, she began to use the autofill button which is available. Glad it’s available though.
The games are fun and engaging and are not too lengthy, which is good, especially at the Kindergarten age. My daughter did not lose interest in the middle of the game. There were usually 3 to 5 questions for each level. There is a progress bar at the bottom that allows the student (and parent) to see how many more questions in that particular game. This was helpful if my daughter seemed like she wanted to be done. I could show her that she only had one or 2 more and then she had no problem finishing.
My daughter liked that after completing a level she earned a prize. Dressing up your characters is a common thing in these online games and this one is no exception. She earned a cowboy hat right away and was anxious to dress up her alien.
As the math problems progressed in difficulty, the games remained interesting. She liked the variety and, I must agree, there was a lot of variety in the games.
At the end of the game, which you have upset the bad alien, he gets mad when the student progress shows that they did a good job. My daughter thought it was funny to see him get mad. She liked that part.
The Parent zone is available to help the parents see how their student is progressing and view the achievements that the student has accomplished. There are reports that can be run that can help the parent see what is being worked on and how well the student is doing.
On the desktop version, parents can set weekly learning goals and even send fun, motivational messages to their children for encouragement. Once the parent sends a motivational message, the student will view it the next time they log in.
What We Thought
Overall, I think that Matific Galaxy is pretty good. It is aligned with common core math and covers a lot of topics. It has a lot of variety of games and is very interactive. It is colorful and fun for the kids. This makes a nice supplement to a math program to play games to reinforce some math concepts.
I also liked that, when my daughter was counting, she could touch (or click) on what she was counting and it would light up (highlight) to help her keep track of what she was counting. I thought that was a very positive part of the program.
And the program is very celebratory – when the student gets something right, there is usually confetti and positive remarks. Very positive!
- Touchscreen available on tablet/smartphone
- Fake language
- iPad and Desktop weren’t synced in progress
- Didn’t read instructions out loud automatically
However, I think it’s a good program. I would have no reservations recommending it to anyone looking for a great math game to develop and reinforce math concepts.