Kids all learn in different styles. They should. However, this poses the challenge of teaching. Many times kids don’t get certain concept, it is not because they are stupid, it is because it is not taught in the way that is intuitive for them. That is why I have always been interested in learning new ways of explaining the same concepts. I found this free app Zap Zap Math and think some kids will like it. It covers math concepts and skills kids learn in elementary schools, and kids learn via playing games.
What is covered in the app is not comprehensive, but are the key areas that kids may stumble on. The way it presents these math concepts and problems is a little different from what kids usually see in a classroom setting.
When kids first start the app, they are asked to create an avatar and a name for themselves. They are also asked their grade level. They are then taken into this universe where they will find treasures, but before they can move forward, they have solve math problems as ways to gain passes.
The math problems range from the basics of counting to ten, to addition and subtraction, from multiplication to fractions, from plotting graphs on coordinates to calculating ratios, from angles to geometry, to algebra expressions.
Here is a list of math problems covered in the app: Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, Ratio, Multiplication, Geometry, Coordinates, Measurements, Angles, Time, Pre-school Math.
I like how the app tries to incorporate other skills in these math games. For example, in multiplication, kids are shown numbers and symbols on connected honeycombs, they have to move across the honeycomb in one stroke to connect the numbers and symbols to make a working equation. Kids have to learn to think before acting, and plan ahead to line up the whole path before they draw the connecting lines.
The app allows more than one child using the app, and can keep track separate progress for each child. If you sign up with an teacher’s account, you can read child’s progress on the dashboard.
Overall, as a free app, it definitely worth a try. If you have a child in grade 1 through 6, more than likely you can find a game that just right for your child.
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