Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version)

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Distribute veggies to grow math skills and fluency.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about multiplication and division using models and number sentences. As they progress, kids learn to use symbols and find missing numbers in multiplication and division sentences. They also build an understanding of division as the inverse of multiplication. If kids struggle to complete a problem, they can access visual cues and hints. Constructive feedback is given for incorrect solutions. Though Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) is somewhat repetitive, it does help kids form foundational understanding rather than simply work through rote practice.

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Navigation is a bit glitchy. Pages load pretty slowly when moving from one activity or screen to another, and drag and drop sometimes delays.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) uses models to teach kids the concepts behind multiplication and division. In two cheerful garden-themed options -- Mystery Multiplication and Veggie Divide -- kids form equal groups of veggies to practice math skills. Instructional support and hints are offered for each level, and kids earn rewards for answering questions correctly. The mechanics are similar to Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication, an app by the same developer.

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What's it about?

LUMIO FARM FACTOR: MULTIPLY AND DIVIDE BASICS (FULL VERSION) is organized into two game modes: Mystery Multiplication and Veggie Divide. In Mystery Multiplication, kids drag veggies into baskets to make equal groups and complete repeated addition sentences. As they progress, kids complete problems that include the multiplication symbol and find missing factors in equations. In Veggie Divide, kids drag veggies to pack them into crates, dividing the veggies into equal groups. Kids eventually complete problems that include the division symbol and find missing numbers to build an understanding of division as the inverse of multiplication. Kids can earn up to three lightning-bolt rewards for each correct answer.

Is it any good?

Cheerful, interactive models are a great way for kids to understand the concepts, although constantly dragging the veggies into the baskets and crates can become a bit redundant. Because kids can see tangible objects behind the numbers, they're more likely to catch on to the concepts. Hints and feedback are constructive and support learning, encouraging kids to solve the problems on their own. Kids can easily view the number of levels they have completed, but it would be nice if kids could collect and display their rewards. The ability to view a more detailed progress summary also would be a welcome addition, and audio instruction -- which is in some of the developer's other apps -- would be helpful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of multiplication and division in everyday life. How can you divide the snack equally? How much would three apples cost?

  • Have kids draw a design of their own app that teaches multiplication and division. Help them choose a theme and decide whether or not to use models.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: division, multiplication
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: July 21, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 24.30 MB
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Learning
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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