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What 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.
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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?
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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers, sequences, shapes, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving, strategy
- 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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