Math in action, by WSiP is available for both IOS for iPad and iPad Mini and Android devices. The app is divided into 4 separate modules:
- sorting (putting like objects together)
- addition (combining sets)
- subtraction (breaking sets apart)
- transformation (changing and rearranging sets)
A free version with limited content shows the format and the type of activities contained in Math in action. Additional levels are available through an in-app purchase (IAP), which can be accessed only through the protected parent portal. In the complete version, each module includes 20 exercises that increase in difficulty as they progress, with a total of 80 exercises. After completing 5 exercises in one module, your child is awarded a sound that can be used in the Music Room. The Music Room is a place where children can experiment with all the different sounds that they have earned. There is also a Play Room that allows free play with the shapes. In the corner of many of the pages is a garbage can for deleting shapes from the page. Open the lid and the shapes get chomped!
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From a technical standpoint, Math in action meets expectations. It has a simple, intuitive user interface that can be accessed easily by a preschool child. Directions are presented in multi-sensory fashion (written and spoken) so even the youngest non-readers can complete the exercises. Younger children may need assistance with the more complex directions found in later modules.
Overall, Math in action gives your child lots of practice creating, comparing, and rearranging sets of shapes. What is missing is any way to track performance or show progress. Although the shapes themselves are easy to manipulate, they offer little entertainment value, and the exercises tend to get repetitive after a while. Children who have fine motor difficulties or visual processing deficits may find it difficult to manipulate some of the shapes, as they are rather small and narrow.
RRP: Free to try with option to unlock all levels via in-app purchase ($2.99/£1.99/€2.69)
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NOTE TO PARENTS - At the time of this review, Math in action contains no ads and no links to social media. There is a parent portal from which the in-app purchase can be made.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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