Montessori 1st Operations teaches early math concepts, including addition and subtraction. It also lays in the groundwork for division and multiplication by teaching children how to distinguish between odd and even numbers and by teaching them how to double and halve numbers. As they play, children win points, which may be redeemed to build a monster. This app excels at using Montessori teaching principles to turn math in to a sensory, practical experience. [Read more…]
Mystery Math Town sends children on a mission. They must find and release fireflies trapped in jars. These jars are hidden in homes throughout Math Town, a spooky (but not too spooky) town. Children must visit each house in Math Town, solve math problems and release the fireflies. A catchy little aria and beautiful, gothic-inspired illustrations lend a tantalizing air of mystery to the game. The town is abandoned, but never fear, the dour portraits dispersed throughout the town like to talk, and a little ghost is your child’s constant companion.
Bugs and Numbers was released way back in 2012, but this app continues to shine. This app covers an array of math skills – 18 games in all, divided into 3 groups. The first group of activities targets preschoolers, the second targets kindergarteners, and the third group targets grades 1 and 2. Each activity takes place in a different location inhabited by bugs. The bugs are realistic and positively fascinating. The locations are beautifully composed in a whimsical, restrospective style. Throughout it all, kids engage in math skills such as counting, matching, sorting, adding, subtracting, estimating, measuring, telling the time, fractions and more. After children successfully complete an activity they get a new bug for their cardboard bug box. [Read more…]
Help! Cat is stuck in a tree and needs your help. This is a perpetual problem in Peg+ Cat Tree Problem: Cat gets stuck in a tree and needs to get to Peg. It’s up to your child to save the moment. Kids save Cat in 6 locations including the theatre, the South Pole, the farm, a valley full of dinosaurs, a city park and her backyard. Kids align a variety of different objects between the two friends to create a path for Cat. This app focuses on spatial reasoning: the ability to mentally manipulate shapes within a certain space – like puzzles or blocks in the real world. Based on the PBS show, with the same stellar artwork, Peg + Cat can be enjoyed by all kids, including those who haven’t seen the show.
Montessori Math City helps children aged 6 and older to understand the decimal system using two virtual Montessori teaching tools: the golden beads and seguin board. In this concrete learning approach, children “construct” numbers – starting from the single digits, right up to a 1000. As they progress, children are rewarded with elements to build a city such as homes, cars, trees, and tall buildings.