Brainetics - A Breakthrough Math and Memory ProgramFall 2008 DVD
Ages: 9 & Up
Producer: Launch Pad LLC
DVD Price: $199.00
Review:Generally speaking, whenever a grown-up calls a kid's activity cool, it signals the end fo the appeal. However, Brainetics is simply brilliant fun. While creator and host Mike Byster is a bit goofy, his earnest enthusiasm is infectious and his math tricks are way cool. Through a series of five DVD's, a work book, cards and other props, Byster encourages interaction and participation as a way to learn math concepts. (Whatever you do, though, don't tell the kids that!) Byster's games and exercises, like the Missing Number Mystery and the Take 10 card game, feel more like party tricks. The real trick, however, is that Byster incorporates elements of math in a way that isn't scary or intimidating. In fact, Byster often encourages kids to use a calculator until they are more familiar with the tricks. The DVD is great to watch as a family or in a classroom setting and serves as the perfect anecdote to math phobia.
Laura Fries ©2008 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.
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