A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about basic 3rd grade math concepts. Topics include: numbers, operations, mental math, word problems, and measurement.
Ease of Play
Tutorials spell out most how-tos but play remains complicated. The program is large and navigating through it can be confusing and unwieldy.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Fancy features add an element of excitement to math drills but feel out of place with bulky menu design and low-tech graphics. The developers of Math 8: Talk math with Leon! put a lot of thought into using the latest and greatest in interactive technology to engage kids with what can otherwise be dry material. Leon is a pretty good conversational pal -- as long as the conversation is about what he's programmed to talk about (i.e., math problems). He'll even give kids a couple hints when they're having trouble finding the right answer to a question. The VR and AR also create immersive environments that place kids in the center of a world of numbers to explore. That said, all the fancy stuff may end up being more a distraction than a learning aid, particularly because navigating through Math 8: Talk math with Leon! isn't straightforward or easy. Menus and buttons aren't clearly designed, and games sometimes have complicated play procedures. And, given all the sophistication in the software, it's odd to see such low quality graphics. At this point, Math 8: Talk math with Leon! feels like work in progress. Check out the free content really well to see if it works for your kid before committing to a subscription.
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