KING OF MATH: Math Learner

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Meh math practice tool; glitches a minus.

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Educational Value

The simplicity of the game and the adaptive learning platform are valuable, but the fussy scratchpad distracts from learning. No feedback or hints.

Ease of Play

Kids can easily navigate but will likely need to practice writing their numbers by hand. No information or instruction page. 

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The paid versions easily accessible by solving a simple math problem.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KING OF MATH: Math Learner is an education game for iOS devices. Kids practice arithmetic by solving timed math problems, earning points, presents, and pieces of a puzzle along the way. Problems increase in difficulty as kids progress. It’s a single-player game that saves progress. There’s a parent gate to purchase the full version, which, ironically, can be accessed by solving a simple math problem. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

KING OF MATH: MATH LEARNER offers the four basic mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Kids have to solve each problem before time is up, writing their answers on a scratchpad by hand. The scratchpad can be a bit fussy, especially when writing certain numbers like seven and nine. If kids get an answer wrong, the round ends, and they can try again to earn as many points as possible. The more problems kids solve, the more challenging the problems become. A level is complete when kids earn all of the pieces to a puzzle.

Is it any good?

Kids can use this game for some quick math practice to build fluency, but the finicky scratchpad is likely to cause frustration. If kids don’t write a number perfectly, they’ll get it wrong. This could be a major obstacle for younger kids who are still mastering the art of writing numbers. Perhaps an option to key in answers would help get KING OF MATH: Math Learner in better shape, allowing kids to focus on math skills and building fluency.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about focusing kids’ practice to best support their learning using apps like KING OF MATH: Math Learner. Which mathematical operation is most useful for kids to practice? What approach works best?

  • Talk about overcoming the challenge of using the scratchpad to minimize frustration. Have kids use the app just to practice this particular skill.

  • Talk about the importance of math in every day life. Discuss situations in which the different operations are useful. For example, when shopping for a few items, it is useful to quickly add and figure out how much you're spending.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (addition pack is free; other mathematical operation packs are $1.99 each; full version $3.99)
  • Release date: February 24, 2020
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 101.40 MB
  • Publisher: wonderkind GmbH
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 4, 2020

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