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Sequences with Ibbleobble
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SEQUENCES BY IBBLEOBBLE asks kids to identify the three-number sequence that follows the three numbers they are shown. It has three choices and there are no penalties for making an incorrect choice. There are seven levels, each represented by a different "friend" wearing an animal costume. The sequences range from counting by one to counting by 12. Each level has three difficulty options: The first option has no time limits (although the time is recorded) while the second two are timed. Not only do kids have a limited amount of time to answer as many questions as possible, they have limited time to answer each question. Their top scores are stored in a scoreboard. All of the levels are unlocked from the beginning so kids aren't forced to grind through lower levels.
Is it any good?
If kids are struggling with sequences or just need some extra practice, a solid drill program is a good tool to have, and while this tool is solid, it could use a few improvements. Though it's not the most fun way to practice math, it may be engaging enough that kids don't complain when it's time to get the work done. It would be more helpful if there was some sort of description for each level so parents could know what sequences were being drilled. Also, for kids who are still learning, some display of the sequences might be a better starting place than diving into drills. Less motivated kids will quickly learn that they can tap each of the three options without paying attention and obtain the correct answer without penalty. Each time kids complete a level, they're told that they've collected a certain number of "stamps," but there's no actual reward system in place for kids who complete levels. Overall, Sequences by Ibbleobble doesn't have all of the features parents might want, but it can get the job done.
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