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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Preschool and Kindergarten Splash Math Workbook Games is a highly customizable math app for preschool and kindergarten kids. The skills covered align with Common Core Standards for kindergarten math, and parents can customize the skills kids will practice, see reports of kids' progress, set learning goals, and get email or push reminders for kids to do daily math practice. For kids who have difficulty with the language of math, the app offers kids visual displays and voice narration to give the full benefit of differential instruction. Preschool and Kindergarten Splash Math Workbook Games keeps profiles for up to four kids. Unfortunately, the reward system is totally separate from the math exercises.
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What's it about?
Kids practice early math skills such as counting, comparing, adding, and subtracting with interactive practice problems. Each time they complete 10 problems, kids are rewarded with a wild animal or tree to place on a rotating Earth. They can learn more about that tree or animal and make it dance and move. Questions get progressively more challenging, and parents can customize content and difficulty levels as well as see reports of progress and set daily practice goals.
Is it any good?
PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN SPLASH MATH WORKBOOK GAMES is a pricey app, but with it you'll get a school year's worth of solid math practice aligned with the Common Core standards that may be being used in your kid's school. The visuals and characters are fun, and the dancing animals give kids motivation to finish their 10 questions. The range of question difficulty is pretty broad, going from counting to addition without manipulatives pretty quickly. Although there are some minor faults (some imprecise answers, quirky wording, and lack of voice-over in some areas, for example), overall it's a well-done app. The parental controls and reports really set it apart. Parents can view their kid's progress, see how long they played by day, and see the questions answered correctly along with percentages. They can also set up goals for kids to practice for a specific amount of time per day or a certain number of question or prizes per day and receive email or push reminders to make sure kids get in their daily math practice. The biggest drawback is that the reward system is completely separate from the learning process, and this can make it difficult to keep kids involved in the math exercises.
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- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development, work to achieve goals
- Price: Free-$9.99
- Release date: December 27, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Wild Animals
- Size: 257.00 MB
- Publisher: StudyPad, Inc.
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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