Review by Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2017

Kindergarten Math for School

Fancy drills, many topics make for an easy-to-use teaching supplement

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Pros: The feedback kids get when they answer incorrectly should help them see where they went wrong.

Cons: The user experience on the student side can feel a little dry as they answer one math question after another (after another).

Bottom Line: With a wealth of material and lots of customization options, this can be a great tool for supplementing math instruction right where kids need it.

Kindergarten Math for School may be best as an assessment tool or a follow-up supplement to lessons covered in class. With a pretest, detailed report cards for performance along the way, and a post-test, teachers can get a good idea of what their students understand and where they're having trouble. Teachers also can track students' progress over time or reassign particularly difficult topics after extra review to see if the material has clicked yet.

With the easy-to-use customization options and some built-in scaffolding, teachers also can use Kindergarten Math for School to supplement their lessons and give struggling students some extra practice just where they need it; some students can work on addition, while others explore numbers over 10. These drills also may be helpful if teachers need to get their students ready for imminent testing.

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Kindergarten Math for School is a comprehensive collection of practice math questions that align easily with Common Core standards. The material is broken down into 30 subject areas such as puzzles, less and more, simple addition and subtraction, money, and time. To use Kindergarten Math for School, teachers must have a G Suite for Education account. Once they purchase and download the app, teachers then can log in using their Google Classroom sign-in and create separate accounts for each of their students. Teachers can jump around to review all the material, assign specific sections to particular students, or review report cards. Students must progress through the material in order, starting with a pretest, or complete assignments from their teacher.

A subscription to Kindergarten Math for School also allows access to 1st Grade Math for School, which has a set of topics for first-graders. The app is a separate download with separate assignments and report cards but accesses all the same teacher and student accounts.

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These colorfully presented math drills cover a lot of ground. Many of the most important math topics for kindergartners are represented, which makes Kindergarten Math for School a relatively comprehensive teaching resource. The teacher experience is smooth and accessible; teachers have a lot of flexibility in reviewing, assigning, and checking students' work. And, unlike some comprehensive curriculum apps, doing all this is not at all overwhelming.

The student experience is easy and straightforward as well but also a bit dry and repetitive. Kids complete assignments or follow the curriculum in order and get nice simple feedback to help them when they answer incorrectly. There's a clear effort to dress the drill questions up, but they remain a long series of practice math problems. Still, overall, Kindergarten Math for School is a well-designed collection that could be a useful tool for teachers.

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Overall Rating
4

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
4

There's some, but not a lot, of playfulness in these straightforward and simple math drills. But colorful, kid-friendly graphics do a nice job of livening things up.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
4

Practice questions in a wide range of introductory math topics put kids' skills to the test. Progress through the levels to get to more difficult material, or fulfill assignments from the teacher.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
4

Clear, gentle hints and explanations help kids when they answer incorrectly. Teachers have many options to review and customize the material and see basic progress reports for each student.