Many kids run into difficulties in middle school math, or more specifically, when they start to study algebra. Algebra has some fundamental differences from the arithmetic math. To help kids’ transition from arithmetic math to algebra easier, it is a good idea to help kids learn fundamental algebra concepts when they are young, so when they officially start learning algebra they are ready for it.
Today we introduce a fun app that help young children to learn algebra concepts – Hands On Equations.
The two big hurdles for young students to understand algebra is the use of symbols to represent numbers, and the concept of equation, or the meaning of the equal sign.
Before kids start algebra, all they know of math is about real numbers. The only time they see letters is in English. It is hard for them to see 3a mean 3 times “a” and “a” can represent any number.
In earlier math, kids are used to think that the equal sign “=” signals the calculation result, but in algebra, it simply means the values of both sides are equal.
Hands on Equation successfully overcomes these two hurdles with physical object play of fun games. In the system, kids will play with pawns, which essentially are symbols in algebra. The equation concept is represented with a balance scale. All algebra problems are shown with adding and subtracting pawns and numbers on either side of the balance scale.
The lessons start with easy equations. As kids learn and play and make progress, the equations will get more difficult.
There are 6 lessons in the first app of the series. For each lesson, kids will watch a video first, followed by exercises. More exercise problems are unlocked after they finish watching the lesson video.
After reviewing the app, I think this is a great app to have and I suggest to use it before kids start algebra. This is not a series that can replace the algebra classes, but it is a good one to help kids transition from arithmetic math to algebra. If you would like to give your child a head start on algebra or if your child is experiencing difficulties in algebra, this is a good app to use.
There is a lite version that is free. It has 3 lessons. The full version has 6 lessons, but it is not free.
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