Lone Star Learning Product Review (Math Problem Solving)






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I am always looking for ways to teach problem solving to my kids. I love our math curriculum, but I do sometimes feel as if we need more word problems.

I was very excited to be able to review Lone Star Learning's Target the Question software with my younger girls. Lone Star Learning offers a variety of hands on and digital products to help students in the classroom and at home. I had the opportunity to review the digital Target the Question math program for my younger girls. This program works on a computer with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. It also works on a Mac running OSX 10.4 or greater.

We used the third grade level of Target the Question. Target the Question has programs in English for grades 1-7 and programs in Spanish for grades 1-5. The program comes as a subscription for 1-5 years. The one year program is $59.99, and the five year program is $199.99. There are also subscriptions for 2, 3, or 4 years.


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When I first received the information about my subscription, I was pretty confused with the details of the information, so I did what all good teachers do: I just fired up the program and jumped in.

When I logged in, I received access to printable materials: pictures that showed the different strategies to use to solve problems, answers to the weekly problems, and printable copies of each week's picture and questions.









My confusion was cleared up pretty quickly, and the program was fairly easy to use. There is an opening screen that shows all of the weeks of the year. You begin by clicking on the appropriate week. A picture opens up on the screen. 

At the bottom of the screen you can click on the appropriate day of the week to get a question about the picture. There are also tools to draw on the picture or open a small note pad screen to write on as you solve the question.



The girls were quite impressed that it was a computer program. That got their attention right away. They also loved the tools at the bottom. They enjoyed using them to draw on the picture as we worked to solve the problems.


 In the beginning, I felt like some of the questions were just too easy. I was using the 2nd grade leveled program with my 2nd and 3rd grader, and it was just not challenging. It was hard to get them to think about what strategies they were using when the answer was so obvious.

As we went along, though, some of the questions became more difficult. The girls really had to think through their answers, and we were able to discuss the strategies and write some things on our virtual board as we were thinking.

After we have been using the program for a few weeks, I am very happy with it. The girls are learning strategies for solving problems, and this week we've had some questions that involved figuring out what information was relevant and what was not.

We don't do standardized testing every year; but as a former school teacher, I know that problem solving is a very important skill for taking these tests. This program would be great for teaching those problem solving skills.

You can read what other reviewers thought by clicking the link below. Some of our reviewers also had the opportunity to review other programs from Lone Star Learning, including vocabulary cards for math, science, Latin, and Greek.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with
the FTC Regulations.






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