SoGaBee's Math Facts Fun: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

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Great customization options in math-practice app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice their math facts with SoGaBee’s Math Facts Fun. Great customization options let kids practice with multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank math problems. Facts for each of the operations go up to 12, so a very young kid who is just learning addition can have success with the right level choices, and older kids can practice all operations with numbers to 12. SoGaBee’s Math Facts Fun is a good choice for families looking for ways to encourage their kids to practice their math facts.

Ease of Play

There are some simple instructions, but the app is fairly intuitive to learn. A younger child might need someone to play with at first to understand how it works. The user sets the difficulty level. Clear, simple graphics and an intuitive interface make it usable for kids with disabilities so long as they can access a touchscreen. It would not be usable by children who need single-switch access or who are blind.

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The settings page has one setting for turning music on or off; the main part of the screen is an ad with links for other SoGaBee apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that their kids can practice math skills in a specific and successful way with SoGaBee's Math Facts Fun. Controls allow you to focus on particular skills, such as only +1 math facts, so the app can be set up to review only what a child was working on in class on a given day and not present problems that have not yet been taught. Parents might be interested in knowing that this app was developed by a parent to help his own child learn math facts.

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What's it about?

Kids pick one of four characters who help them learn basic math facts including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using numbers from 1 to 12. Then they choose the operation and the level to play. Each correct answer rewards kids as their character is gradually colored in. When kids finish a level successfully, they get a trophy. Kids can see all their trophies by going to the Trophy Room screen. If kids gets three answers wrong, they can start a level again. Finishing each level unlocks another.

Is it any good?

SOGABEE'S MATH FACTS FUN gives young kids a successful experience while they practice arithmetic. Kids like the simple yet appealing graphics, and the levels let them practice math facts in incremental progressions. Kids unlock levels as they go, which will help keep them interested, and they can see their progress as their characters are filled in. They also can​ track mistakes at the top of the screen, where three ducks get crossed out one at a time with errors. If kids make three mistakes, their character cries, but they can go back and try the level again. If they're successful, the character cheers. You can customize play for more of a challenge; kids can choose to use all four operations and choose which number of facts to review. SoGaBee's Math Facts Fun also tracks mistakes, which can be found in Tricky Problems. Kids can choose that section and repeat all the problems they missed.

This engaging app would be best enjoyed by young kids who are practicing their basic arithmetic facts. This is a mainstream app that would be suitable for kids with disabilities who can use a touchscreen but would not work for kids who are blind or who access technology with a single switch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Transfer the learning to real-life situations: "Dad and I like two pieces of toast for breakfast. Two pieces and two pieces are how many pieces all together?"

  • Generalize the skills by helping kids practice facts aloud or with flashcards.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: January 19, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 34.40 MB
  • Publisher: Marcel Wildarto
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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