Smartick - Math for Children

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Super, subscription-based adaptive math practice.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids get a big dose of standards-aligned math practice that best fits their strengths and challenges. Content covers a wide variety of math problem types but is missing some error analysis to help kids figure out how to correct their mistakes.

Ease of Play

May take time to understand how to answer the different question types.

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Multiple opportunities to subscribe to their product within each screen. Upgrades and in-app purchases are also available on various screens.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Smartick - Math for Children is a subscription-based, standards-aligned math practice tool that provides 15-minute daily assessments to determine how kids are performing on various problem types. Though it has a lot of content for younger kids, it has math that's appropriate for older kids and tweens, too. Created with educator input, the program gauges what kids know versus what they don't and provides feedback to parents and tutors on how to best close the gap. Interactive audio and video tutorials teach kids how to solve problem types and encourage skill development at their level. Also, it includes an area where kids can use the stars ("ticks") they earn from answering problems correctly to furnish their own virtual room, set up challenges with other users, or play games to better their math abilities. The program is available in English or Spanish. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVicki Mit April 11, 2019

Excellent after-school math support

Smartick is great for both my children - one who loves math and one who dreads it. It was always a struggle getting the math-hater to do her homework and to get... Continue reading
Adult Written byBerta Vega April 11, 2019

Great to avoid frustration with Maths

My son and daughter have been doing Smartick for three years. We know that is not cheap but, on the other hand, we see it as a long term investment: they feel... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids open SMARTICK - MATH FOR CHILDREN to an assessment that gauges their math strengths and challenges. Questions follow based on how kids answer the previous ones and offer plenty of tries on problem types they miss. Questions include everything from basic arithmetic to long division to fractions. Some problems allow users to utilize manipulatives (units of ones, tens, hundreds, etc.), and some provide a read-aloud option (especially for younger users). Each correct answer earns kids stars ("ticks") that they can use in their virtual world upon finishing the assessment. Once they complete their time, kids are given the opportunity to go back and answer questions they missed and earn more stars. Parents or tutors receive data surrounding how their kids perform each day using the app. This data details time spent, types of correct or incorrect answers, and feedback for how to improve math mindsets.

Is it any good?

The app delivers on depth and breadth of math problem types for the subscription cost. Combine that with the amount of information shared with parents after kids use the tool, and you have a winning combination. The gamelike features built in to each part of the app also encourage a love of learning math in even the most hesitant kid. For many problems, the tool will read the question and answer choices to kids, which can be incredibly helpful for those who struggle with reading word problems or reading directions carefully. One piece that may be missing is the opportunity for kids to see their mistakes and decide how they could fix them. If kids answer a question incorrectly, the correct solution pops up immediately, but it doesn't detail how kids got to their wrong answer, which is an important step in the learning process.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how we use math daily, especially to measure the world around us. Ask kids to think about how they share time with others. When they hear "you have 15 minutes left," how do they account for that time? What does it look like on the clock? Can Smartick - Math for Children help learn this skill?

  • Talk about how your math brain is always growing. Not every person loves math, but every person has the ability to learn how to solve math problems. Help kids understand that by making mistakes and correcting them, their brains are growing and learning how to solve them next time.

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Chromebook
  • Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, fractions, measurement, patterns, subtraction
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($50/mo., $90/two months, $135/three months)
  • Release date: March 15, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 32.20 MB
  • Publisher: Smartick
  • Version: 1.8.9
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 11, 2019

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