What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love To Count by Pirate Trio teach kids why numbers have meaning and how basic math problems and concepts help us solve basic questions of everyday life. Through games such as splitting a pizza evenly for the pirates or counting the number of fish caught (all based on the pirate theme of the Pirate Trio) kids ages 4 to 7 practice math skills and earn virtual rewards. Kids can practice math that they need now or are likely to need soon in life, including telling left hand from right hand, playing dominoes by matching up number dots, or adding on a chalkboard. Multiple kids can have accounts on this app.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
The adorable pirate and ocean themes draw kids into the math challenges, and the progressive treasure box reward system helps keep them coming back to solve more problems.
Love to Count presents math challenges in ways that help kids build the concept that math is important in everyday life. Math is an integral part of each challenge. Specific verbal feedback is often provided for incorrect answers.
Kids are given instructions verbally, in written text, and through visual clues. An excellent explainer of the app's details is available under the "i" tab for teachers and parents.
What's it about?
Kids choose a culturally appropriate avatar for their pirate character and then follow clear, easy voice instructions to play math-related games, such as counting the spots on a stingray and choosing the correct number, or adding pearls onto a pirate's necklace (really a number line) to match the requested number of pearls. After a completing a certain number of activities, kids get a password letter to complete a code and win a prize.
Is it any good?
The genius idea behind LOVE TO COUNT BY PIRATE TRIO is that even young kids need to know why math is relevant to everyday life in order to be motivated to learn how to use numbers. And making the math game situations relate to pirates' everyday lives -- playing dominoes, catching fish -- just makes it all the more fun and engaging. Kids also seem to really enjoy the reward of building a "password" by finishing each level in the game to unlock a treasure chest and choosing a prize (an image of a pirate bear or a book, for example). The $3.99 price is well worth it, especially if more than one kid will be using this app.
Families can talk about...
Check the app's tracking screen to monitor your child's progress. Choose which skills your child needs more help with and supplement offline.
Point out instances when you use basic math with your kid in everyday life: while cooking, driving, or paying for an item with cash.