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We had Bruce’s 1st grade parent teacher conference last week, and one of the suggestions his teacher had for him was to sign up for XtraMath.org to help him increase his metal recall of math facts.  I had never heard of XtraMath.org, but immediately looked it up when we got home.  Basically, it is a free online math program that children do for five minutes (and five minutes only!) a day. XtraMath also sends you weekly updates of your child’s progress.  Here is the little blurb from the welcome email they sent us:


Hi! You are receiving this email because you recently created an account for the XtraMath online math program, or someone created an account on your behalf. Welcome!

XtraMath is like a math vitamin. For best results your child should do XtraMath once per day as regularly as possible. It only takes a few minutes so make it a part of your daily routine. Math facts are the building blocks of your child’s math education and your child will be well-rewarded for the time they spend practicing on XtraMath.

You can sign in to your parent account to check on your child’s progress. Your child will need to do XtraMath several times over the course of a few days before any meaningful progress is reported.

XtraMath is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to math achievement for all. We do not charge for XtraMath nor do we have advertising on our site. Instead, we are supported by donations from parents like you. If you appreciate our program please make a tax-deductible donation. Your donation will help cover the cost of operating this website, make XtraMath available to more students where it is most needed, and improve the program for all.

Another way you can help is to let other people know about XtraMath, especially elementary-school teachers and parents with children in grades 2-5. An easy way to let people know about us is to become a fan of XtraMath on Facebook. We would appreciate it!

May you and your child have a very successful and rewarding school year.

David Jeschke


I have now had Bruce do XtraMath for four days now.  He skipped a few days over the weekend when my husband and I were out of town, and I immediately got a “We missed Bruce at XtraMath” email.  Bruce is so far not very impressed by XtraMath, and thinks it is boring.  However, since it only takes him five minutes to do, and actually makes you sign off when the five minute mark is hit, he is okay with our new rule that he has to do XtraMath before he gets computer time.   Doing XtraMath in the morning before school has also worked out for us a couple of times.  The five minute time limit is very reasonable, and easy to fit into an Afterschooling schedule.

To be clear, the new order of operations in our household for Bruce is: 

  1. Come home from school
  2. Eat snack
  3. Do homework
  4. Play
  5. XtraMath for 5 minutes
  6. 30 minutes of other screen time
  7. Dinner, etc.

Of course, I was thinking about this last night and realized that Bruce really does not need any help mastering his addition or subtraction facts at all, no matter what timed tests his third grade math teacher gives him.  I know that he knows them cold.  The problem is that he can’t write them down quickly enough, especially now that he is working so hard to not write down backwards numbers.  So I’m not sure that XtraMath is really going to help improve his performance on written timed tests at all.  But at five minutes a day, it can’t hurt.  Once he moves into the multiplication and division section it will be more useful.

P.S. Another great free online math facts program is TimezAttack, which I will review soon.  I’ve added both links to my Cheap Math page.


  1. Erika Newell says:

    Thank you for helping to spread the word about XtraMath!

  2. Aly in va says:

    We use this program also. I was thinking it was 10 mins though. We also like multiplication.com, they have some fun multiplication games.

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