Spirit of Math Drills by Spirit of Math is a top math app for any kids who wants to improve their mental math skills. Use it everyday for a fast 5 minutes math drill exercise... and you can be assured this math app will help your kids master their number facts in no time!
To improve mental math skills... the solution is to practice again and again. Using math apps on the iPad or iPhone can be great help. Apps offer a fun and interactive interface that appears to be a lot more engaging than pen and paper! Various math apps are available, and today Fun Educational Apps wants to draw your attention on Spirit of Math Drill. It is a fantastic math app and used on a daily basis it will help your kids become math proficient.
Everyday, simply open the app, select a math drill and go ahead. Your kids have 5 minutes to complete a series of 40 math facts!
To start, just select your drill type. There are 5 to choose from, each with various difficulty level and include: short addition,integer addition,short multiplication, integer multiplication and short division.
Once kids have made their selection, simply hit the start button. They now have 5 minutes to finish the drill.
Once done, all answers are checked, a green tick for all correct answers and a red cross for the incorrect ones. Save the results to add to the progress chart. Turn it off... And start again the next day!
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Spirit of Math Drills is based on a proven concept designed to improve math facts and arithmetic skills. It offers fast paced math drills where kids can focus and concentrate for just 5 minutes and answer 40 math facts. There is no animation or interactive distraction! The kids at Fun Educational Apps all had a go … and all are taking up the challenge! a nice friendly competition where they all try to answer all questions within the time frame … and if they don’t, quite often they will ask ... "Mom can I do one more?"
Spirit of Math Drills is well design and very easy to use. It looks like an interactive homework diary. It allows kids to practice 5 math skills, short addition, integer addition, short multiplication, integer multiplication, short division and offers various levels to provide for different needs. We like that it offers timed drills, 5 minutes is a perfect for my kids. Just the right time for them to take on the challenge again and again. There is no option, you can not set the timer on or off. The kids here see Spirit of Math Drills as a daily quick game where the goal is to get at least the same if not better result than the previous day. The timer stimulated my kids ... But some parents might like to have the option to turn it off.
When working on a drill, kids have various options to set the numerical keyboard, split on each side, at the bottom, on the left or on the right. My youngest is left handed and really liked to have all the number pad on the left side of the screen, a very nice incentive!
When entering the numbers, make sure your kids check in which direction points the small arrow on the grid. For simple math fact with a double digit answer, such as 9 + 2, your kids simply type 1 and then 2 to make 12. For more complex calculations, such as 120 + 28, kids enter the number as they calculate. In this example, kids start by adding the units, so they enter 8 (0 + 8), then 4 ( 2 tens and 2 tens) and finally 1 for the hundreds to make 148. At first, I did not like it, but as the kids worked with bigger number it makes a lot more sense as when working with big number your kids will first mentally add the units, the 10, the 100s... It is a nice feature, you just need to get use to it. It would be nice to have an option to select which way you prefer.
Overall, Spirit of Math Drills is a top math apps joining Fun Educational Apps Top Picks list and one that we highly recommend to any parents or teachers to help kids improve their math fluency. It is easy to use and challenging, so kids will happily come back everyday. When used on a daily basis for just 5 minutes it can make a huge difference. Just remember ... As with most educational apps, your kids may not ask for it, but as parents we need to provide these top apps for our kids benefit.
Spirit of Math Drills is available for download via the iTunes App Store.
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Disclosure: received free copy of this app for review purposes and review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.