A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
To start playing MATHEMATICAL RUN, kids choose a game mode. Options are Only Add, Only Subtract, Only Multiply, Only Divide, Basic 2 (addition and subtraction), Super 4 (all four operations), and Give Me 5, which includes all four operations with positive and negative integers. Equations scroll down the screen, and then three answer options scroll down. Kids tap the screen to move right, left, or center in order to hit the correct answer as it scrolls down. They earn points and stars for correct answers, and the round ends when they get an answer wrong. Kids can earn extra points for reaching certain milestones (500 stars with Only Add, for example), and they can check the game leaderboard to see their ranking among all other players.
Is it any good?
The game is useful for quick practice with the four mathematical operations, but don't expect targeted practice for a particular learning level. However, equations naturally get more difficult as kids move from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division, and the speed in Mathematical Run picks up when kids choose game modes that have more than one operation. Earning points, stars, and ranking on the leaderboard is a good way to motivate kids, as long as they aren't interested in the typical "prizes" that a lot of arcade games dish out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which skills kids should focus on when they select a game mode in Mathematical Run. Do kids need more practice with one skill, or is it better to practice with all four operations?
Talk about how the game helps them improve fact fluency. Is the game more fun and useful than other methods of practicing skills, such as using flash cards or worksheets?
Help kids set weekly goals for number of points and stars earned.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Subjects: Math: addition, division, multiplication, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
- Pricing structure: Free to try (Free for basic math operations; $0.99 and up for additional levels of practice problems.)
- Release date: February 14, 2020
- Category: Education
- Size: 67.40 MB
- Publisher: EagleTap
- Version: 3.6.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: March 4, 2020
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