Mathtopia+ App Review

Mathtopia+ is so compelling you might find you and your children sneaking time on the iPad to play this educational game. Combining comprehensive math fact practice in all four main operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with the addictive game-play of three (or more) jewels in a row matching games, something about this app makes you want to keep going and going!

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PlayPozz App Review

PlayPozz is an exciting first edition of an educational app that helps balance time spent playing on apps with direct educational practice. While it still needs to flesh out its offerings, this app shows promise and innovation, revealing the possibilities Android tablets have to help parents manage screen time without complicated tracking or over-involvement.

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iTooch Elementary School App Review

I'm excited to see what the future will bring for iTooch and their series of comprehensive, grade level apps for mobile devices. Perhaps some day we'll see Social Studies added to this large collection of educational modules for upper elementary! Until then, iTooch Elementary School will continue to provide an affordable, independent, and sound way for parents to encourage learning, practice, and test-based accomplishment in language arts, math, science and health in a format that focuses on content rather than effects.

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Column Addition App Review

Column Addition is a deeply process-oriented math app that supports children visually as they learn to work in columns and to carry numbers. It's my top recommendation if you need help with this mathematical skill; while it may appear deceptively simple, it is remarkably well designed and can be used independently by children to both reveal and practice the steps of column addition. Problems and settings can be flexibly altered by parents to match their child’s current level of understanding.

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Pocket Charts! Pro App Review

Pocket Charts! Pro is an amazing value with twenty distinct, hands-on educational activities in total. Ranging from preschool through to grade 1 skills, the activities in this app combine the traditional and effective methodology of pocket charts without the muss, fuss, pieces, or set-up time AND it’s lap-sized for friendly sharing between parent and child!

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SoGaBee’s Math Facts Fun App Review

SoGaBee's Math Facts Fun is ideally suited to helping young children master their basic math facts from 1-12 across all four major operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).  If you emphasize math facts mastery in your homeschool, check this app out.  It automatically gathers missed questions for review in both flashcard and quiz form, making your job easier!

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Math Guardians App Review

If you hear excited hooting coming from a small crowd of children gathered around the iPad, it could be that they’ve discovered the adrenaline-pumping excitement of the battle-style math drill app, Math Guardians. With practice across all four major operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), robot aliens, and math-powered attacks, this one’s hard to resist for arcade-style app lovers!

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Math Word Problems Grade 2 App Review

Math Word Problems Grade 2 is unique in its provision of a solid, visual set of manipulatives, drawing tools, and a workspace to support your child as he tackles 50 multiple choice grade-leveled word problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

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FingerMath Abacus App Review

FingerMath ABACUS is a unique approach to working with numbers. The abacus design develops a deeper understanding of place value, groupings of fives, tens, and strong mental math skills. This hands-on, highly visual way of working with addition and subtraction leads to a more conceptual understanding than memorizing math facts alone. Definitely download the free app and exercise your child’s math muscles in a new and exciting way!

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Spirit of Math Drills App Review

Spirit of Math Drills is a self-contained system for generating a huge range of math drills and keeping track of the results for multiple children. A math drill program has never been so easy to get off the ground – no printouts, no recordkeeping, the app does it all for you – and if you’ve ever priced out physical drill systems, you’ll know this is an awesome price too.

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32 HD App Review

32 HD is a straightforward math puzzle with a range of difficulty that ranges from grade school right into high school with its five ascending levels of difficulty. The mental math problems presented in this app will really make your child’s brain work and provide a true feeling of accomplishment once these puzzlers are solved.

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Kung Fu Math App Review

Kung Fu Math brings the intense, high-energy slicing and dicing of action-based games to addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Though the app needs some work on the addition and subtraction difficulty levels, the multiplication tables is extremely flexible and can be a valuable tool for drill and reinforcement.

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1+2=3 Jungle Puzzle App Review

1+2=3 Jungle Puzzle is an app that can grow with your children from blank puzzle pieces through to early addition. This well-designed jungle-themed puzzle app is a joy for my children, and I love that the higher levels require multiple streams of though to solve the puzzles correctly.

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SimpleSort: Counting App Review

SimpleSort: Counting contains a wealth of developmentally appropriate, conceptually strong early math and counting activities. The breadth of activities will help children develop number sense using objects as the bridge between the concrete and abstract forms of counting. Carefully designed, this app contains a great deal of educational value as a teaching tool for preschool and kindergarten.

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