Math facts and other math skills are a natural fit for practice on the iPad. Miss M practices her math skills in many ways — regular RightStart math lessons, RightStart math games, practice worksheets from RightStart or elsewhere and of course on the iPad. Here are a few apps we like:
For basic, no frills, math facts practice we like Math Drills. This app allows for multiple users and customization for each user of the difficulty of each type of problem. Want your student to practice on only more difficult adding problems, a full range of subtraction problems or only 2’s and 3’s facts in multiplication? It’s a cinch to set that up. You can also customize the number of problems that will be offered for un-timed review, timed practice or a test. I found this to be well worth the $1.99 I spent on it!
Skill Builder Numeracy is a free option (at least as of this writing) for no-frills practice with fewer customization options and no differentiation between users that we used before purchasing Math Drills.
For math fact practice with lots of fun included, my kids really enjoy HyperBlast and Doll House math. HyperBlast lets the user ride through a tunnel shooting aliens, avoiding obstacles, and other challenges. There’s a brief break in the arcade style action every few minutes to answer a few math problems. Dollhouse math lets kids buy dolls and items for a doll house after completing a few math problems. There’s more “fun” than practice in these apps, but it’s always nice to sneak in a few extra math problems here and there with the fun!
Number Math is a great app for practicing other numeracy skills, such as greater than/less than, skip counting and number order. This app is free as of this writing, and features multiple levels of difficulty for each skill.
The only app for time telling that we’ve tried so far is Jungle Time. I read a lot of favorable reviews for this app, but it was not as much of a hit with my 7 year old. She found the interface for entering the time a bit difficult to use — there were many times when she knew the correct answer, but accidentally entered the wrong time anyway.
Do you have any apps you love for math practice?
I am so glad you are joining us again for Tech Tuesday. I love the idea of using apps for Math practice. We have a couple of math apps, but I will need to look up what they are called (they are different from the ones you mentioned though).