Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose covers early math skills in a fun build-your-own-world environment. Every detail, from the kid-friendly narration to hints, is designed with young kids in mind. Parents can see reports of their kids' progress. Parental control swipe screens keep kids from wandering into the reports or other app sections.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- problem solving
- thinking critically
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Cute characters and decisions about what to add to the town engage and empower kids. The story tying activities together gives each activity relevance for kids.
As kids master each level, difficulty increases. Activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards for kindergarten and first grade.
Verbal instructions are easy for non-readers to follow. Help is available during play, and visual cues help out if kids get stuck. Progress reports show what kids have mastered and what they need more work on.
What's it about?
Five math mini-games come together in a little town that kids get to help build by choosing building facades and accessories to place in it. Kids enter Moose Juice, the smoothie shop, to practice counting, addition, and subtraction. They go to the Pet Shop to play Pet Bingo, where they work more on counting, addition, and subtraction or to play Paint Pet, where they'll match animals by counting dots. Then they can visit the Lost & Found store, sort shapes and colors, and work on geometry, or they can play dot-to-dot, where they count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. As they complete each level, they get to add another feature to their town. Parents can view reports showing skills their kids have mastered and those they need more work on.
Is it any good?
The activities in Moose Math are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten math and engage kids with activities tied loosely together by a story. Kids are empowered by the choices they have in what to add to their towns. The mini-games get them thinking mathematically, though some of the cute characters, namely the dust bunnies, seem an odd fit. Kids are unlikely to give that a second thought, though. Parental controls on the screen keep kids out of the assessment reports and other apps. Some of the hints and feedback could be more helpful, but most are well-done. Overall Moose Math is a fun way for kids to get some practice with early math skills.
Families can talk about...
Incorporate math into everyday activities by counting, describing shapes, sorting and classifying objects, and adding and subtracting. Demonstrate your thinking out loud.
Download supplemental activities like work sheets and flashcards from Duck Duck Moose's online learning portal.