Teacher Review For Playful Minds: Math (5-8 years old)

Colorful interactive math pratice that provides rewards and goals

Kim P.
Media specialist/librarian
North Fairview Elementary School
Topeka, KS
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I would use this along with our math lessons giving each student their own iPad to work on the app. The explanations given along the way would be enough help for most kids to be self-sufficient so I could then help those that need my assistance. It could also serve as a math center that kids could easily do on their own. This would also be an excellent app to recommend to parents to have students use at home as well to reinforce what we are learning in the classroom.
My Take
"Great math learning and practice for young kids. Problems appear on the screen while they are read aloud by a fun, friendly voice. Delightful music in the background adds to the entertaining atmosphere of this app. Skills build on each other through a series of islands. You begin by choosing your level: K-2. You earn experience points as you go, and can earn trophies and other rewards for your accomplishments. Parents can enter an email address to track their child's progress. The only drawback I see is that you must work through each step, so there isn't room for differing levels of kids. I also wasn't a fan of the avatars that are available for kids to choose from as they look more like tween/teen characters than the intended kindergarten-second grade audience. Overall, it is great math practice for young kids."