A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To use MOTION MATH, first enter your access code or sign up for a free seven-day trial. Answer sign-up questions, including names and ages of children who will play. Choose the $2.99-per-month or $29.99-per-year subscription option. Then tap "Start my trial!" Select player using the app by tapping the player's name. Choose from the games that appear. For example, tap "Hungry Fish" and that game, along with its instructions, appears. Select math skills you'd like to practice in the game and select speed ("no rush," "think fast," or "think faster") as well as the number range included in the equations. In Hungry Fish: As the fish eats the numeral that equals the numeral on its back, the fish grows. Each game begins with a brief written tutorial with on-screen guides.
Is it any good?
This bundle of math games supplies kids with a lot of options for fun play with numbers. Parents will likely appreciate the progress data they can view to track their kids' play time and learning on Motion Math, while kids will enjoy the varied ways to practice math skills. To play the game Bounce, kids tilt their device as they use visual skills to "bounce" numbers into the correct place. Kids run the businesses in Pizza and Cupcake as they practice money skills and other business-related math.
The ideal way to use Motion Math may be to start with kids on the kindergarten side of the suggested age range and build understanding of the working of the games as they progress in math skills through the 400+ levels. It may be difficult to start some games at later levels if kids are already struggling with those math concepts. In that case, choose the slower-paced version of the game or go back a level or two. With more promised games on the way, any kid who prefers to practice math skills in gamified ways will likely benefit from time spent on some or all of Motion Math's games.
Talk to your kids about ...
Talk to your kids about how to tailor Motion Math to their current math skill level. Parents will likely need to get involved with helping kids (especially younger kids) adjust some of the games' parameters on Motion Math to make it a fun, learning-level appropriate app.
Ask your kids if they like the gameplay options that add some time pressure, or if they prefer playing without that added element.
Talk about the games that include real-world problem-solving such as Pizza and Cupcake. Can your kid create other real-world business applications for math skills, such as playing "store" with items in your house, or hosting a lemonade stand with friends?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, counting, division, equations, estimation, fractions, graphing, measurement, money, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses, working efficiently
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to Try (subscription gives access to all games)
- Subscription price: $2.99/mo.
- Release date: June 20, 2018
- Category: Education
- Size: 248.40 MB
- Publisher: Motion Math
- Version: 4.10
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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