Mad Dog at Our House


Do you love cats, dogs or any animal in general?  Do you need pure bred or will any stray do?  Would you rather not have the responsibility of any pet?

We’ve been both a way-station and a permanent home for a variety of animals, over the years.  We’ve loved and cared for an iguana, turtles, birds, a bunny, pygmy goats, a guinea pig, numerous stray dogs, cats and more.  We have just one indoor resident pet at the moment, a finicky, persnickety, sure-she-owns-the-home, fat feline.  She suits our family purrfectly!

The only mad dog at our house is Mad Dog Math, created by Julie Kotoff and named in remembrance of her beloved Golden Retriever, Ruff.


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Julie loves her pets – three cats and two dogs – but, she also has a heart for children.  She has experience as a teacher, administrator, and an educational consultant.   30 years of experience poured into a project that gives children an exceptional foundation in math.

Mad Dog Math has been providing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts drills, to classrooms, for years.  Now, there is a “student-tested Windows PC application that provides an at-home practice experience that is just like the classroom…”  (or better, in my opinion, because it is at home.)  It is presently available for Windows PC only, but there is a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version.


Designed for K – 5th grade.  A couple of my older children found it quite helpful for improving their computation skills.  There are three levels and a challenge level.



My children asked for extra time with this program, every day!  But, a steady 10 minutes a day, as a supplement to your regular math curriculum will make a marked difference in how your child views math.  They’ll build confidence and become fluent in their math facts, by using Mad Dog Math at Home. How long does it take your child to answer you if you ask him/her what your name is?  A second?  That’s what it means to be fluent:  without hesitation, automatic; not having to pause to calculate, just knowing that you know the correct answer.  You can give an answer so quickly you seemingly don’t even have to think of it. I want my children to be fluent in their basic building blocks of math.  Every other concept builds on the facts.  Mad Dog Math will help them achieve this goal.

There’s a free trial available; so, you can see if it works for you and your family.

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A 1 year software license is $19.99

2 years – $29.99

and the best for a family of learners is:

A perpetual license for $39.99

also available:




paper/pencil drills $69.99 each



email –

phone – 562.533.5772


Mad Dog Math

4562 Ocana Avenue

Lakewood, CA  90713


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This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you, sincerely.  PK


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