The results of spring math assessments are starting to come back, and in many cases, they are disappointing. Unfortunately, over 50% of children have not mastered their math facts, and this is one factor that holds them back when they begin to learn more advanced math concepts. There is a great need for easy-to-use practice apps like Early Math Plus. Not only does it provide the right kind of practice, but it allows parents to customize the app to meet the needs of their particular child.
Early Math Plus, developed by Brainstop, is available for the iPad. This free app is divided into three sections:
- a clearly organized multiplication table for numbers 1-10
- targeted practice on multiplication facts (1-10), presented in sets of 12, 24, 36, or 48
- randomly generated practice tests, available with one operation (+, -, x, or ÷) or in a mixed set.
The practice tests can be customized using the Options button on the home screen. A quiz timer will allow you to set time limits (60 seconds, 100 seconds, 160 seconds, 200 seconds) for completing each multiplication set. The difficulty level can be adjusted for younger or older children. There is also a layout option that presents the problems horizontally or vertically. Please note: This app contains ads with external links; this is what allows it to be free. Parents need to consider and discuss their expectations about appropriate usage with their children ahead of time.
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From a technical standpoint, Early Math Plus is very straightforward. The layout is functional, and easy to understand. Pacing is determined by the child’s ability, and it can be increased as the child’s responses become more automatic. One unique feature on the math practice section is a divided screen, with the top portion showing the problem, and the bottom portion providing a digital work space to write the problem out in order to solve it.
According to Common Core math standards, first graders are expected to add and subtract numbers 1-20. Third graders are expected to multiply and divide up to 100 (10X10); meeting these standards requires children to practice their math facts, and Early Math Plus is a good way to accomplish that. Teachers can tell which children have practiced their math facts; it gives them a solid foundation for math learning now and in years to come.
Early Math Plus is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store- iPad
RRP - Free but please be aware that the app does contains ads
At the time of this review, Early Math Plus contains no in-app purchases. It contains numerous ads and external links. Parents need to monitor their children when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.