Parents' Guide to

Arloon Mental Math

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Go paperless with fast-paced games that build math fluency.

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Full of strategies, practice, and games that help kids do math in their heads, this tool would be even better with some fine tuning. Guided lessons provide instructional support, and the timed and scored games are motivating, if not a little anxiety-provoking. It would be nice to see some embedded feedback within the games, and kids unaccustomed to approaching arithmetic this way might be a bit lost at first. Though the Learning area will walk them through some skill-building, the instructions can be less than kid-friendly: "Separate the units from the tens, putting them into the upper box. Later input the total sum of the numbers." The animated guide also tells kids to "Tape me" when it should read "Tap me." In terms of navigation, the Game area appears first upon a user opening the app, but diving right in to the games might be overwhelming. A clearer bridge between the Learning strategies and the Games would help kids apply what they've learned in a more direct way. Patient kids might build some critical math-fluency skills once they get the hang of it.

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