With so much riding on the results of NY State standardized tests – schools need them for evaluation purposes, elementary school students need them to apply to middle schools and beyond – the focus of both teaching and learning has naturally become all about meeting prescribed standards.
This can be a problem for both those children who are falling behind on the material, and those who have already mastered it. The former need help outside of the classroom, while the latter need more complicated challenges to keep them from losing interest all together.
Fortunately, the solution for both dilemmas might come from the same source.
Math Apps. Ranging from under $5 a piece to outright free, math apps you can work with on your home computer or iPad offer both remedial instructions for the struggling, and enrichment for the gifted.
Mommy Poppins recently did a round up of what’s available out there for parents and kids, including:
Memory Lifter: Virtual flashcards that make it impossible to cheat, featuring Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.
Fetch! Lunch Rush by PBS Kids: A multi-player augmented reality game that teaches kids ages six to eight math skills, including basic algebraic concepts. This game was funded by a grant from the Department of Education and is specifically designed to supplement national standards for first and second grade math curricula, making it very useful for parents who want to insure that their child is working at grade level.
Rocket Math App: Use math facts to not only build a rocket, but raise the funds to get it off the ground!
Operation Math: The fate of the world rests on your ability to calculate problems quickly! (Maybe not for the high-strung child. You don’t want them feeling responsible for the planet blowing up due to their failure.)
Math Girl Games: Plant a garden, decorate a house and, hey, guess what, it’s not just for girls, either.
Mathlandia: Teach math through storytelling to kids ages 12 months and up. (Who needs to wait for school?)
Little Solver Pre-School Logic Game: Matrix Analogies just like you’d find on the Stanford-Binet (used for Hunter College Elementary School admission), the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (used for public school G&T admission) and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (used for private school admission).
Get more details on all of the above at: http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/free-math-apps-kids-memory-lifter-mathlandia-math-girl-games
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