What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Todo Math is designed to help kids of all abilities practice math. "Todo" (pronounced with a long "o" in both syllables) means "all" in Spanish, and this app is designed with learning differences in mind. It can be helpful for kids who have auditory and visual processing issues or language of math issues. It also is beneficial for kids who have fine motor issues. Todo Math is not just for kids with special needs, though -- it's for all learners. Several free levels are included for free, or parents can upgrade for access to the full curriculum and/or free-play sections.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- problem solving
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids can follow missions, working through sets of problems along a trail, or work in free-play mode, choosing the games and activities they do.
Activities use manipulatives such as shapes and cookies to give kids objects to count, add with, and subtract with, which helps kids understand the concepts. Games are tailored to three levels: K, first grade, and second grade.
Clear verbal and visual instructions guide kids through the activities. Scaffolding within each skill set meets diverse learning needs. Several options in settings meet special learning needs for kids who are left-handed or who have dyslexia.
What's it about?
In TODO MATH, kids work through math missions (31 in the full version), covering skills from counting to multiplication. Kids also can choose the games they want to play in the free-choice section. Each offers simple verbal and visual instructions and gives kids concrete ways to understand abstract math concepts. Kids use manipulatives such as shapes or cookies to solve problems. Accommodating kids with differing levels of fine motor skills, the game allows kids to drag and drop the answers into place or write them with a finger or stylus.
Is it any good?
The developers of Todo Math have taken special care to create a math tool that is safe for kids, inclusive of different learning abilities, and aligned to math educational standards and best practices. The games are straightforward math practice and would be ideal for helping kids complete a few minutes of daily math practice. The drag-and-drop or write-in-your answer options can be tricky at first. Kids have to touch and hold the number to drag it into place, and some traced numbers, if written messily, are not correctly recognized. All in all, there's no gimmick here, just solid math practice with encouraging, supportive feedback.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to spend time practicing math facts daily. Teachers recommend five to 10 minutes per day for elementary school-age kids.
Incorporate math talk in your daily conversations, talking about adding to and taking away.