A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that AB Math provides kids with quick ways to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as Roman numerals and sequential order. This app mostly focuses on sharpening kids' speed and accuracy in the four basic math operations. The bubble game, in particular, is a clever way to package math practice by asking kids to view numbers and math problems floating in bubbles and pop them in order of least to greatest. Kids can also practice with tables or simple calculation problems by tapping onscreen numbers or multiple-choice answers to respond to questions. There are four levels of difficulty (including "expert" for grownups) and the option to be timed, so a kid could start using this app when first learning the four basic math operations and adapt it for use throughout elementary school. On iOS devices, players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
First, create a user account (up to four) on AB MATH. Then, kids can choose from calculation drills, tables, or the bubbles game. In calculations, kids set play to easy, medium, hard, or expert as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division (or a combination of the four). They also decide to fill in the answers by tapping numbers or multiple choice. On tables, kids choose a number from which to work their multiplication tables. Bubbles includes four levels, four modes (classical, Roman numerals, ABC order, and multiplication), and five bubble styles. Kids can view results of past games.
Is it any good?
The simple drills and bubble game on AB Math will encourage kids to keep their math minds sharp. With a few extra minutes on hand, kids can play a round of bubble-popping math by solving the answers to math problems in order of least to greatest. There's enough customization here to allow kids to start with the basics of 1+2 and follow them through the end of elementary school (and beyond, to refresh and gain speed in basic math). Solving math problems time and again to gain proficiency may not seem like fun for many kids, but AB Math solves the problem with a few options and lots of bubbles to pop.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: addition, division, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving
Self-Direction: working efficiently
- Price: $.99-$1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Release date: October 17, 2012
- Category: Education
- Size: 13.70 MB
- Publisher: Nicolas Lehovetzki
- Version: 4.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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