Number Drill

When I was a kid my parents bought a program (which I will refer to as Foo Math) for me and my siblings to practice math on. It was a simple program where you enter math facts as quickly as you could to win a race.

But Foo Math had one big problem for our family; it was self-competitive. Normally I find competing against myself in a game to be fun, but I didn’t in Foo Math. I’m not really sure why, perhaps combining it with doing math just didn’t mix well.

Move forward 8 years to April 2009 and I still had a few younger siblings that could benefit from Foo Math. But they found it frustrating and stressful. Generally not a recipe for fun. It even made one of my younger sisters cry.