Quick Math Jr.

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Learn number sense with monstrously cute interactive games.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a range of number sense skills, including counting, ordering numbers, addition, subtraction, mental arithmetic, skip counting, counting on, and decomposing and composing numbers. Games start with basic tasks and gradually build to more challenging problems. For example, in Count and Add Bus, kids start with simple counting by dragging monsters into the bus to match a given number. Then kids progress to addition and subtraction problems that involve numbers from 0 to 20. Because of its flexibility and adaptive approach, Quick Math Jr. is a great tool for little ones to practice working with numbers in a variety of ways.

Ease of Play

Design makes it easy for little fingers to drag, drop, and tap images, and an animation shows them what to do when they get stuck.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quick Math Jr. is a whimsical game that teaches kids about number sense. Kids start with beginner concepts such as counting and can progress to more challenging skills such as addition and subtraction. As kids play, math problems align to the appropriate challenge level and vary from multiple-choice questions to questions that require handwritten answers. One "island" of content is free; others are available via in-app purchase. The app is accessible in several languages, including English, French, Swedish, Spanish, and more. Read the privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

QUICK MATH JR. features six games, and each focuses on a different number-sense skill. In Number Match Monsters, kids count monsters and tap to show how many there are using dot patterns, numerals, or number words. In Spotlight on Subitizing, kids have to quickly estimate the number of monsters on the screen without counting them. Number Memory Mansion has kids keeping track of how many monsters enter and leave a house. Kids drag monsters into a bus to match a given number in Count and Add Bus. In Number Line Train, kids practice the number sequence by dragging numbered monsters and placing them in order, and in Place Value Boat Balance, kids match numbers using tens and ones. They can earn and create new monsters as they play, with features such as fun hats, silly eyes, and goofy mouths.

Is it any good?

Fun graphics that move and make sounds will delight young learners and make math approachable. Each game becomes more challenging as kids play, providing an excellent learning platform that adapts to a kid's needs. Games are automatically selected based on progress, but it would be helpful if kids had the option to choose their games so they can focus on a particular skill if desired. A report card feature helps adults monitor kids' progress, and there are useful learning tips on the developer's website. Because of the range of skills covered, its clear learning goals, and its adaptive targeting of kids' needs, it's a good choice that you can try for free.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases. Are your kids allowed to buy more content?

  • Talk about number sense in everyday life. Practice counting and ordering objects you encounter with kids.

  • Review the learning ideas on the developer's website and practice some of the ideas with kids.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, estimation, numbers, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases for more content)
  • Release date: April 1, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 98.40 MB
  • Publisher: Shiny Things
  • Version: 1.5.9
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

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