Mental Math with Math Mathews, by Kiupe, is available for both IOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android. Game play alternates with short quizzes of increasing difficulty. There are 8 levels focusing on addition and subtraction. Within each level are different groups of problems (easy, medium, difficult, and expert) to offer just the right amount of challenge.
So, for example, a child just mastering the basic facts from 1-10 can select an easy problem set. Older children who are working on 11-20 have a set designed for them, and those who have advanced beyond that can select problems using numbers from to 1-99.
The higher levels require more problem solving ability. In Level 6 (advanced set), problems look like this: ? – 9 – 5 = 2. Remember, with no paper and pencil involved, it truly becomes an exercise in mental math. I found that my students struggled at first with the multi-step problems in Mental Math with Math Mathews, but they got better with practice (See, it works!)
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Mental Math with Math Mathews has many of the same elements that made the original Math Mathews app a hit: a jump and slide video game, a graphic novel story line, and kids acting as main characters. It also has something that parents will appreciate: there are no ads, no in-app purchases, and no social media connections. It’s a fun way to exercise your child’s mind, while allowing them to enjoy a video game at the same time. As an educator, I appreciate the differentiated levels that make it accessible to children with a wide range of skills; Mental Math with Math Mathews will continue to provide a challenge for a long time.
Mental Math with Math Mathews has a great concept, and I think the developers made a wise move in allowing multiple players to save their progress. This was the one missing element from the original Math Mathews app for multiplication.
Mental Math with Math Mathews is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal and Google Play (Android) - RRP - $0.99/£0.69/€0.89
At the time of this review, Math Mathews- Mental Math provides a safe, secure environment, with no web connections or access to social media, no ads, and no in-app purchases. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a educator currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. She’s always on the lookout for fun, creative ways to help kids with mental math.
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