Math Learner: Easy Mathematics

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Solid, simple math drills don't justify steep subscription.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about doing mathematical calculations. They start with addition and then try their hand at subtraction, multiplication, and division. Daily practice gives them lots of training on handling numbers.

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Navigation and gameplay are easy and straightforward.

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App is free to download but requires subscription to unlock content.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Math Learner: Easy Mathematics is a subscription-based collection of arithmetic problems. Though it is a free download, and the app's developer is called Fun Games for Free, parents must immediately sign up for a subscription to access the content. The first three days are free; after that, pay $8.99 per week, $29.99 per month, or $99.99 per year. Math Learner: Easy Mathematics plays out like simple math drill worksheet where kids solve equation after equation. These equations are organized by type -- addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division -- and get more complex with more digits as kids progress and unlock higher levels. The text was clearly written by someone for whom English is not a first language, and some kids may find the choice of words or turns of phrase difficult to understand. There's no audio for the text; prereaders will need assistance. Also, there's no option to turn off the background music, which may be distracting to some kids. 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?

Sign in with your Apple ID to start a subscription and gain access to MATH LEARNER: EASY MATHEMATICS. Then, enter your kid's age and how many minutes per day you want to practice to get started. Exercises start easy with simple addition, and then progress through equations with numbers made of multiple digits and through subtraction, multiplication, and division. To answer, kids draw numbers and calculations directly on the screen and then confirm that the app has read their writing correctly. Kids must pass levels to unlock higher ones, but can also take a test to jump directly to a higher level. Kids get rewards for finishing each lesson packet.

Is it any good?

Math equations give kids lots of practice calculating sums, differences, products, and quotients in a spiffy format, but don't expect more than just plain old drills. Math Learner: Easy Mathematics is neatly organized, with equations that progress in difficulty according to some kind of logical method -- as claimed by the developer. Drawing numbers on the screen also works very well and allows kids to be a bit more physically involved in manipulating the numbers than if they had to simply tap numbers on a keyboard. There's some help when kids answer a calculation incorrectly, but unfortunately, the text is either minimal or explains things in a confusing way so as to make it not all that helpful. That makes the "lessons" not so much lessons, but really collections of drills. The rewards system -- which gives kids items to dress up a pet dog -- is really the only element of fun. Overall, though the content is of average quality, it's not clear enough why these drills are worth paying the steep subscription price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their equation work in Math Learner: Easy Mathematics. Check in with your kids to see where they're struggling and help them understand what they're doing wrong.

  • Help kids conceptualize numbers with materials they can get their hands on. For example, give them addition or subtraction problems to do with blocks and number rods.

  • Help kids practice math facts every day by incorporating math talk in your daily conversations, such as talking about adding to and taking away.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Price: Free to download
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (three-day free trial then subscription)
  • Subscription price: $8.99/week; $29.99/month; $99.99/year
  • Release date: September 12, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Size: 65.70 MB
  • Publisher: Fun Games for Free
  • Version: 1.9.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later

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