A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To start with ROOKIE MATHS, kids enter their name and create an avatar. Then a cute dog character introduces kids to the Rookie world and explains some of the basics of gameplay and the reward system. Kids can move their avatar through parts of the Rookie world to explore, collect coins, and find game areas. Alternatively, they can go straight to the games, which are organized into five content categories: Numbers, Patterns and Algebra, Measurement, Data, and Space and Geometry. Kids have to play games in the first three categories to unlock the last two categories. Before playing, kids choose a difficulty level: Easy or Tricky. They can access hints at any time during the game. The reward system includes points, coins, trophies, and status levels such as Recruit, Champion, Hero, and more.
Is it any good?
Kids have an opportunity to practice a wide range of math skills with engaging gameplay, but the reward system has serious glitches. Kids will be disappointed to see that, although the window showing points seems to activate, they don't actually earn points when they play the games and get correct answers. Considering the emphasis from the developers on the reward system in Rookie Maths, this is a significant disadvantage of the app. Also, moving around the Rookie world is very tricky. It's easy to get the avatar stuck in less than ideal places, like in between a hill and a building. With that being said, the games are very well done and the hints provide excellent instructional support. Correcting the reward system issues and the navigation difficulty and adding more achievement tracking would make this app a home run.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which skills kids struggle with the most. Encourage kids to play the games in Rookie Maths in all five content areas, but point out that they may need to focus extra time on some skills.
Make connections between the skills in the games and in the real world. For example, ask kids when and why it might be important to know which decimal is the greatest, or which is the least number.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: algebra, fractions, geometry, measurement, numbers, patterns
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships, problem solving
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 9, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: Adventures
- Size: 210.00 MB
- Publisher: Futureantcis Pty Ltd
- Version: 1.0.7
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later, Android 2.3 and up
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