Monkey Math School Sunshine

 

Learning(i)

Early math game uses earning aquarium fish as incentive.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are instructions throughout the game as needed, with hints if kids get stuck.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There is a link to the publisher's website on the settings screen, which kids can only access by tapping and holdding down on the icon.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monkey Math School Sunshine is an early math education game where kids do a series of math problems, covering topics such as shapes, number recognition, counting, patterns, addition, subtraction, comparisons, writing numbers, and recognizing sets. When kids have trouble, the game guides them with gentle hints. The questions are of varying difficulty. Some of the questions are presented in a straightforward manner, while others are more like games. After kids answer enough questions, they can choose a prize for their aquarium. The aquarium starts out empty, and kids get to fill it with fish, plants, and decorations. Kids can revisit their aquarium at any time. The aquarium can be reset to allow another child to have a go. Seeing their aquarium filled with the prizes they chose helps to encourage kids to solve more problems.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • sequences
  • shapes
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A solid educational math app with fun activities and gentle guidance. Kids will feel encouraged to answer questions to earn fish and other items for their virtual aquariums.

Learning Approach

Kids learn through drill and practice and quickly cycle through activities, getting the practice they need. They can synthesize feedback and reconsider their answers, even with multiple-choice questions. 

Support

The game includes some hints along the way if necessary. In most of the activities, the app provides only basic "right or wrong" feedback. A few activities provide additional feedback to reinforce learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • sequences
  • shapes
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Kids can learn basic math skills ranging from simple number recognition to easy subtraction problems. In most of the activities, the app provides only basic feedback to indicate if the answer is right or wrong. A few activities (It would be nice to see more!) provide additional feedback to reinforce learning. After kids correctly answer a shape task, the narrator highlights each side and counts them so kids can see that a triangle, for example, has three sides. While parents and kids can’t choose specific skills to focus on, Monkey Math School Sunshine quickly cycles through a range of activities, giving kids the practice they need.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In MONKEY MATH SCHOOL SUNSHINE, kids cycle through nine different activities in random order. The activities range from simple addition and subtraction to shapes and sequences. A narrator gives clear direction throughout, and the monkey does flips when kids get the answer correct and shakes his head when they are wrong. All the activities have an ocean theme, adding a bit of fun. Every few problems, kids earn a prize for their aquariums, including exotic fish and sea horses.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Monkey Math School Sunshine is a solid, educational math app for kids that consists of fun activities and gentle guidance. There is no running score or high score list, so kids won't get discouraged if they have any trouble. The game includes some hints along the way if necessary, so kids of all abilities should be able to play the game. The added element of the aquarium encourages kids to answer more and more questions, to earn fish and other items for their aquarium. If something is tapped too quickly after a previous tap, sometimes the narrator talks over itself.

Families can talk about...

  • Watch along and provide additional feedback for kids when they need it. Ask them to explain their answers and reinforce their strategies.

  • Recreate similar activities with everyday objects. For example, ask your kids, "How many rectangles do you see in the room?"

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:February 7, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:19.60 MB
Publisher:THUP Games
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byAmandaHW August 6, 2013
age 3+
 

A great app for those beginning to explore educational media for kids

We're only now starting to ease up on letting our son have access to TV, apps, etc. This is one of the first apps we've downloaded for him, so we're not the most critical consumers yet. Still... Our son loves this app. The connect-the-dot-numbers is a bit difficult for him (it requires very developed fine motor skills). The app seems to do a nice job congratulating correct answers without going overboard with praise, while giving simple feedback about incorrect answers. The pace between sections is fast. Sometimes I think it's too fast, a bit unrelenting. Other times it seems to be just right, encouraging him to keep going if he starts to get discouraged.
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