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Magic Math Academy

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Learn math skills through instruction and story-based game.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, shapes and patterns. 

Ease of Play

Clear audio explanations and visual directions support kids as they learn and play. 

Violence & Scariness

Mysterious evil creatures create obstacles for the Math Wizard.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The app is free but requires in-app purchases to unlock all content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Magic Math Academy allows kids to learn and practice basic math concepts. A young wizard is responsible for protecting the mathematical world and saving his friends from evil creatures. They have to use math skills, such as tracing numbers and counting, to overcome obstacles in the shape of monsters, barriers, and puzzles. The Wizard’s Workshop offers a different approach to learning mathematical concepts. After choosing a topic, a wise wizard walks kids through mathematical concepts using a PowerPoint-like presentation and clear verbal explanations. Kids then have the opportunity to practice the concepts through assessment activities presented as games. The app provides clear verbal directions and explanations, and prompts in the form of a guiding hand, check marks, or arrows. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') 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?

MAGIC MATH ACADEMY encourages kids to learn and practice math skills through play. It's free, but in-app purchases are necessary to unlock all the options. Audio and visual directions and prompts support kids as they engage with the app. Kids can learn and practice math skills under two different modes. Math’s Journey requires little ones to use math skills to help a young wizard navigate 10 different environments, such as Candy Land and Dream Valley, filled with challenges and obstacles in order to save his friends from little bad guys. Kids have the option of focusing on numbers or operations when playing Math’s Journey. The learning and practice are embedded in the game. When playing under Wizard’s Workshop, they can choose to focus on numbers and counting, operations, geometry and space, or mathematical thinking. This mode presents mathematical concepts before giving kids the opportunity to practice their understanding through games. A wizard explains concepts verbally and through visual representations. Parents can access a learning progress report that allows them to monitor how their kids are doing. 

Is it any good?

Engaging games will motivate kids to learn and practice basic math concepts embedded in magical adventures and reinforced by a wise wizard, who explains concepts with clarity and with visual supports. The mathematical fairytale theme and the graphics are appealing, which will ensure kids feel captivated when tackling mathematical concepts. Both modes, Math’s Journey and Wizard’s Workshop, are simple enough for little kids to navigate. Magic Math Academy supports players with clear verbal explanations, visual supports, and vivid prompts. Kids who need to see information presented in various ways will get what they need through explicit verbal and visual explanations. The learning progress report feature is pretty cool and allows parents to see what topics kids have tackled and how they're doing. Parents can use this information to reinforce certain topics through other methods. Overall, it's an educational and entertaining experience that will help kids develop mathematical thinking. Parents can enrich the experience by engaging kids in real life mathematical scenarios that echo what they see in Magic Math Academy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about combining and breaking apart numbers while playing Magic Math Academy. How many different ways can you make the number five? How many different ways can you make eight?

  • Challenge kids to make real world connections and offer them opportunities to practice what they have learned offline. Kids can trace numbers using crayons, count objects, draw shapes, and create patterns. 

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