Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2013
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Preschool and Kindergarten Splash Math Workbook Games

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Comprehensive early math practice with impressive customization

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Pros: The 10-question format is age-appropriate for attention span, and the content fully covers kindergarten math curriculum.

Cons: Lacks the opportunity to form and write the numerals and shapes.

Bottom Line: An entire grade level of math curriculum, complete with assessment and reporting, for an affordable price.

This is a great tool for independent practice and assessment of math concepts taught in the classroom. You can set up a profile for each student, then create a syllabus of the content you want to assess for that student. It would be a great tool for individual practice or one-on-one instruction or interventions. With the reporting capabilities, you can even customize each child's profile to email progress reports to the parent (or to yourself) weekly.

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Splash Math Kindergarten gets kids practicing early math skills such as counting, comparing, adding, and subtracting with interactive practice problems. Kids touch counters on the screen as they would manipulatives for counting or arithmetic, and they hear the numbers counted aloud as well, reinforcing the counting sequence. Kids will move from working with pictures and images to working with numbers and operators as they develop their math skills and learn the language of math.

Each time they complete 10 problems, kids are rewarded with a wild animal or tree to place on a rotating Earth. They can learn more about that tree or animal and make it dance and move. Questions get progressively more challenging, and teachers can customize content and difficulty levels as well as see reports of progress and set daily practice goals.

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Kindergartners will enjoy the hippo guide who encourages them when they get correct answers and offers a little guidance when they answer incorrectly on the first try. The subtitle of the app, "Fun Educational Worksheets for Counting Numbers, Addition and Subtraction," is accurate in that kids will find the work (and the reward of adding to their jungle world) fun. However, these aren't anything like traditional worksheets. Each question is on its own screen and is interactive. Kids can touch and hear numbers counted and identified. They are worksheets in the sense that there's no instruction; the app is best used as an assessment tool. The content is rich and fully aligned with Common Core Standards for kindergarten math. The quality and rigor of the questions, the depth and breadth of the curriculum covered, and the customization and reporting make this app well worth the somewhat high price tag.

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Overall Rating
4

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

Each worksheet is 10 questions long -- short enough for a little one's attention span -- and kids are motivated to finish the questions to add another animal to their world and make it dance.

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

The concepts included are aligned with kindergarten Common Core standards for math, and they advance from pictures and manipulatives to numbers and operators. Feedback isn't always deep enough to boost conceptual understanding.

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

The information to report progress is impressive. Profiles for up to four kids are available, giving each a personalized learning experience.


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Colleen M. , Classroom teacher
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Lakeshore Elementary School
Holland, MI
4
Very visual, highly engaging math app!

Overall I think that this is a great app. It is a little pricey at $9.99. It does have a lot of content. I liked that students can log in and have access just to what I have given them access to. I like that I get a report of the skills that students have worked on that week. The only drawback is that you have to pay for each grade level. This can be costly if you have students that are behind and ahead of their grade. I love that this app is interactive and highly engaging for students. They are excited to "play" it and I am excited they are loving to practice math! Overall this is a great app if you are willing to pay for it!

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