Montessori Math: Multiplication

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Well-rounded app helps kids master multiplication.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to multiply using a four-fold instructional approach: the multiplication bead board, the stamp game, the bead frame, and the magic slate. With the multiplication bead board, kids can learn multiplication tables up to 10 x 10, and they can take a quiz to assess their learning. When kids use the stamp game, they multiply large numbers by one, two, or three and work on regrouping and carrying. When kids use the bead frame, they continue to work on regrouping and carrying at a more advanced level. When they use the magic slate, they multiply in columns. The learning progression is very well done and can be customized to fit different levels. Kids can start anywhere they like and move from different areas as needed. This multilevel approach to teaching multiplication appeals to a variety of learners, and the games challenge kids as they apply what they've learned.

Ease of Play

The app lacks an instruction screen, but navigation is easy, and kids can tap an icon for help if they need it. 

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Two sections on the home screen have links to purchase other apps from the developer. Oddly, to access the links, users have to solve multiplication problems, and multiplication is the skill kids are learning by using the app. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Montessori Math is a learning tool that helps kids gain a conceptual understanding of multiplication by using various strategies. Kids get four strategies to solve multiplication problems, including traditional vertical formats and less traditional bead-grouping methods. A cute skateboarding character joins kids as they work through the problems, and a set of games is available so kids can apply what they've learned and earn points to build silly monsters. A parents' section gives a detailed explanation of the app's instructional approach, and a settings icon allows users to customize the learning experience. For example, users can choose from 15 languages, disable links to the Internet, disable the timer in the games, and set place-value limits on the numbers kids have to multiply. 

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What's it about?

On the home screen of MONTESSORI MATH: MULTIPLICATION, kids tap a multiplication symbol to begin learning. They can choose from any of the four instructional methods. The multiplication board teaches kids to build arrays and learn times tables up to 10 x 10; the stamp game and bead frame use place-value decomposition to help kids learn to regroup and carry when they multiply large numbers; and the magic slate offers kids the opportunity to multiply in columns, one digit at a time. When kids return to the home screen, they can access a Toolbox and a Playbox. In the Toolbox, kids can practice decomposing numbers and can use an interactive table to memorize their multiplication facts. In the Playbox, kids can apply what they've learned, as well as take on more challenging problems, by playing three games. In Missing Digits, kids have to find missing digits in multiplication problems; in Wiz Quiz, kids get timed, random multiplication problems to solve; and in the Bubble Game, kids drag the correct bubbles into place to complete problems. Kids earn points for all their hard work, and they can use the points in the Monster Lab to buy body parts and build a silly monster.

Is it any good?

Learning how to multiply can be downright monotonous, and understanding the process is often difficult for young learners. Luckily, Montessori Math: Multiplication gives kids several ways to learn, build, understand, and practice their multiplication skills. The step-by-step method helps kids learn different strategies for solving problems while building a strong foundation for understanding the process. Switching from one method to another also certainly keeps kids engaged in the learning experience. Earning points for the Monster Lab is a fun, unique way to motivate kids and encourage them to practice, practice, practice!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which method of instruction kids find most helpful and why.   

  • Keep track of kids' progress by recording which multiplication tables they have mastered and which place values they've worked with. 

  • Have kids write and solve their own multiplication problems. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: multiplication, patterns
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, thinking critically
  • Price: $3.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 30, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 29.20 MB
  • Publisher: Edoki
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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