What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids solve math problems by doodling colorful lines with their fingertips on their mobile device's screen while playing Math Practice Boards. Kids can solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems and then choose the answer from four multiple choice boxes. There are 10 levels of math problems that can be set to adapt to each kid's current math skills, although the difficulty within each level varies widely. Math Practice Boards isn't the best math practice app available, but it does offer a colorful, somewhat interactive way for kids practicing basic math problems for free.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
Colorful pens empower kids to draw on-screen answers and other doodles that can act as visual problem-solving help, but that's the only visual highlight here.
Level and problem settings are chosen by the user. Immediate responses to incorrect answers let kids know where they've gone wrong, but there's not much encouragement to improve.
The number of problems kids answer correctly is provided in the upper-right corner of each screen. The bad news: very limited customization and data-saving options.
What's it about?
Choose the operations (addition and subtraction and/or multiplication and division), a level (1-10), and a pen color. Problems appear either vertically or horizontally. Kids can doodle visual cues or draw answers, then they must tap the multiple choice answer. A green check appears for correct answers. The app provides the correct answers immediately if kids choose a wrong answer. Decent practice, fun doodles.
Is it any good?
MATH PRACTICE BOARDS can offer solid practice in basic math operations for free. That said, some kids may get frustrated if the level isn't set to their current ability, and even if it is set properly sometimes problems provided seem much more difficult than other problems on that same level. Another potential source of frustration is that if a kid answers a problem incorrectly, the app provides the right answer immediately with no option to give it another try. The best parts of this app are the colorful pens that kids can use to doodle their problem solving and answers. Younger kids can use them to write dots or other visuals to represent numbers, while older kids can draw the numbers, perhaps using different colors as cues for a concept they are learning, such as the one, tens, hundreds, and thousands places. For kids who like doodling, this app could encourage math practice more than other traditional type-in-the-numbers apps.
Families can talk about...
Set the level according to your kid's current math skills.
Talk to your kid about how to make educated guesses on the few aberrant problems in each level that may be beyond their current skill level.