Quick Fractions by Shiny Things – Review




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What we love…

good drills, easy to play, plenty of opportunities to practice fractions, smile yet engaging
interface

What we’d love to see…

ability to disable the Game Center, even better handwriting recognition

Summary

This is an excellent app for those who want to get better at fractions and for those enjoy
math challenges.

Our Rating

Quick Fractions

Quick Fractions is the newest addition to Shiny Things Apps’ series of math games which include Quick Math, Quick Math+, and Quick Clocks. Quick Fractions aims to strengthen mathematical skills in fractions through rapid drills and some fun and friendly competition.

There are four different drills included in the app: equivalence, comparison, addition + subtraction, and multiplication + division. Each of these has four difficulty levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and extreme. The extreme level requires knowledge in percents and decimals in relation to fractions. Players input their answers by writing anywhere on the screen. This is great because it makes it easy to enter answers. The drawback is that players must input it in a way that the game recognizes what was written. There were times my child wrote a number and although it looked legible to me, the app did not recognize it.

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There are a total of ten problems to be solved per game and the goal is to solve them all correctly as quickly as possible. Problems may be skipped, but it will cost the player an incorrect answer and incurred time. After a game is played, the app shows the player’s time and a reward of one, two, or three stars. The player with the fastest time goes to the top of the leaderboard. Players can also challenge their friends to beat their fastest time. This gives players the option to compete against a friend or group of friends instead of against the general public. I would also like to see an option to disable the Game Center completely and have only the player’s own high scores displayed on the leaderboard. Some players may be more encouraged by competing against themselves and seeing their own scores on the leaderboard rather than by competing with others.

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Some neat features are included in this app. A progress chart allows players to track their times on all modes and difficulty levels. There is a setting for handwriting recognition which allows players to choose between two styles of writing numbers and decimals. Players can customize their names and select from a number of avatars. More avatars become available after playing several games and a certain amount of stars have been earned.

Note that this app does not teach fractions. A working knowledge of fractions is necessary to play and enjoy this game. It is well suited for older children, adults, math fans, and math wizards. It can be used as a math class supplement to help students become faster at recognizing and solving fraction problems.

Quick Fractions will stimulate the brain and help players become more adept at fractions. It can be played competitively, and it can be played leisurely. It is worth having in anyone’s app collection, especially for those who enjoy a good math workout.

Quick Fractions – Shiny Things


Quick Fractions Quick Fractions by Shiny Things

Price: $1.99 USD

Hate fractions? That’s ok! Quick Fractions is here to help you master one of the most troublesome areas of mathematics!

Perfect for those just starting out with fractions, more advanced students.

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.



Build To 100 by FuzzyBees – Review



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What we love…

The ability to customize the app to meet the child’s learning needs.

What we’d love to see…

Features that make it easier for younger children – number tiles to be more spread out for better visibility, correctly placed number tiles to be read out, number tiles to snap more easily in position.

Summary

A virtual hundred board that allows parents/teachers to quickly set up a variety of math activities to help students master the numerical order of 1-100 and to recognize numerical patterns.

Our Rating

 

Build to 100 by FuzzyBees is a customizable virtual hundred board/chart that parents and teachers can set up for students to learn the number sequence from 1 to 100 and to recognize number patterns. It’s a versatile tool that helps students to improve their number sense and mathematical problem-solving skills.

 

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The board is essentially a 10×10 grid puzzle with 1-100 number squares/tiles. Students are required to assemble the puzzle by dragging the number tiles to their correct boxes on the board. They will know that they have placed a number correctly when the tile remains in the box while a wrong tile will bounce off the board. There are also different sound effects for each type of answers, both of which you can turn off in the settings (if you wish).

Before you start using the app with your child, it’s recommended that you experiment with the various setting options and build the board to your requirements, depending on your child’s ability and what you want him to work on. It could be matching of the number tiles to the control numbers for beginners (use the option ‘show all’ to display all numbers on the board), building the board one row (10 numbers) at a time without visual help (use ‘hide all’), filling in the missing numbers (use ‘show other’), building the board in skip pattern of 2s (with odd or even numbers) or counting in 10s, etc.

To vary the levels of difficulty, you can adjust the starting number, the number of tiles or range of numbers to work with. You can record the time taken for your child to build the board and see the progress. Working on this app also gives you the opportunities to observe how your child problem-solve in order to place the numbers in the correct boxes. With multi touch capability, two or more of your children can even play on the board together.

The hundred board is a self correcting learning tool that is used in a Montessori classroom and can be costly. A virtual version has the advantage of being easily customizable to accomodate different levels of abilities and it is more interactive. Students get immediate feedback on their answers and their success is celebrated.

I like that Build to 100 allows me to present the hundred board in many different ways so that my youngest can have a variety of practices on the hundred board and gain a thorough understanding of the number relationships, sequences and patterns. It’s a great math learning tool to have on every iPad. Here’s a free promo code for a lucky reader!

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Build To 100 Build To 100 by FuzzyBees
Category: Education, Puzzle, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 11.99 MB

$1.99USD

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.



10 Code Giveaway for Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics by Lighthouse Learning



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What we love…

Presents important multiplication and division concepts in a way even young children can understand, bright, colorful, engaging math app.

What we’d love to see…

Addition of narration and more levels.

Summary

Overall, a well designed supplementary maths app that gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts and by teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related.

Our Rating

Thanks to Lighthouse Learning we have 10 codes to give away for the full version of Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics – you can read our full review here. Please enter via the rafflecopter at the end of the post.

Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide BasicsLumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide basics is the latest educational app from British app developer Lighthouse Learning. The iMums have previously reviewed Dragon Shapes, Shapes Arts and Fruity Fractions from Lighthouse Learning, and Lumio Farm Factor has a very similar format- bright, colorful graphics, multiple levels and short video clips appearing periodically between levels. Farm Factor has 2 sections: Mystery Multiplication and Veggie Divide, each section has 30 levels. A free lite version is available with 4 free levels in each section and a single IAP to unlock the full app. A full version is also available with no IAPs, this review is of the full version. It is child safe with no adverts and all external links are behind parental gates.

The app is designed to teach children how multiplication is related to both addition and division. In Mystery Multiplication the child is taught to think of multiplication as shorthand for repeated addition of the same number e.g. 5 x 7 is the same as 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7. In Veggie Divide they are taught that multiplication and division are opposites, and that you can use your knowledge of multiplication to solve division problems. Because they teach multiplication and division as an ongoing process, I would strongly recommend doing all the levels in Mystery Multiplication before moving on to Veggie Divide.

The student is first taught to represent multiplication problems using boxes and vegetables. For instance they might have 6 pumpkins and 3 boxes, if they divide the 6 pumpkins evenly each box contains 2 pumpkins. So 3 boxes of 2 pumpkins represents 3×2 and this is the same as 2+2+2. Once they have mastered this concept they are taught that you can also represent a multiplication problem using rows so 3×6 could be represented as 3 rows of 6 peppers.

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Veggie Divide concentrates on the concept that multiplication and division are opposites. As in Mystery Multiplication it represents the problems using boxes or rows of vegetables. This time under each visual representation are 2 related problems, for instance 2 rows of 7 peppers can show both 2×7=14 and 14 ÷ 2 = 7. Each problem has missing factors and the child needs to fill in what is missing to complete the 2 equations.

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The first time student attempts any problem in the left sidebar there is a short animated clip of how to solve this type of problem along with written directions. The student can see this again any time by pressing the i tab, but there are no verbal directions. This is really useful for reinforcing the learning, but the child needs to be a confident reader to fully utilize it. I used the app with my 7 year old son and daughter, who both enjoyed it and were successfully able to do both the multiplication and division problems with the app. However, I did need to help them with the app solely because they couldn’t confidently read the directions, so I would really like to see narration added. The app spends a lot of time teaching children how to represent equations pictorially, and how to understand the relationship between addition, multiplication, and division, but less time practicing solving equations, so I would like to see more levels added with extra equations to solve.

I think this is a very useful supplementary math app for teaching multiplication and division. Unlike mosts apps for these subjects it does not teach math facts, but instead concentrates on getting the student to understand the fundamentals of what multiplication and division really mean, and how they are related to each other and to addition. Learning these concepts and learning to visually represent the problems are very useful as it gives children important tools to let them solve new problems. I do think children also need to learn math facts (e.g. the times tables) as this is important for being able to answer questions quickly, so I wouldn’t use this as the only method of teaching multiplication and division, but as a supplementary app that really increases the child’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts it is a valuable learning tool.

Overall, a well designed, bright colorful supplementary maths app with high quality animation. I like how it gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts. By teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related which, I believe, makes learning division less daunting. In a future update I would like to see the addition of narration and more levels.

 
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Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $2.99 USD

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics by Lighthouse Learning- Review



20140626-201742.jpg

What we love…

Presents important multiplication and division concepts in a way even young children can understand, bright, colorful, engaging math app.

What we’d love to see…

Addition of narration and more levels.

Summary

Overall, a well designed supplementary maths app that gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts and by teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related.

Our Rating

Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide BasicsLumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide basics is the latest educational app from British app developer Lighthouse Learning. The iMums have previously reviewed Dragon Shapes, Shapes Arts and Fruity Fractions from Lighthouse Learning, and Lumio Farm Factor has a very similar format- bright, colorful graphics, multiple levels and short video clips appearing periodically between levels. Farm Factor has 2 sections: Mystery Multiplication and Veggie Divide, each section has 30 levels. A free lite version is available with 4 free levels in each section and a single IAP to unlock the full app. A full version is also available with no IAPs, this review is of the full version. It is child safe with no adverts and all external links are behind parental gates.

The app is designed to teach children how multiplication is related to both addition and division. In Mystery Multiplication the child is taught to think of multiplication as shorthand for repeated addition of the same number e.g. 5 x 7 is the same as 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7. In Veggie Divide they are taught that multiplication and division are opposites, and that you can use your knowledge of multiplication to solve division problems. Because they teach multiplication and division as an ongoing process, I would strongly recommend doing all the levels in Mystery Multiplication before moving on to Veggie Divide.

The student is first taught to represent multiplication problems using boxes and vegetables. For instance they might have 6 pumpkins and 3 boxes, if they divide the 6 pumpkins evenly each box contains 2 pumpkins. So 3 boxes of 2 pumpkins represents 3×2 and this is the same as 2+2+2. Once they have mastered this concept they are taught that you can also represent a multiplication problem using rows so 3×6 could be represented as 3 rows of 6 peppers.

20140626-201822.jpg

Veggie Divide concentrates on the concept that multiplication and division are opposites. As in Mystery Multiplication it represents the problems using boxes or rows of vegetables. This time under each visual representation are 2 related problems, for instance 2 rows of 7 peppers can show both 2×7=14 and 14 ÷ 2 = 7. Each problem has missing factors and the child needs to fill in what is missing to complete the 2 equations.

20140626-201837.jpg

The first time student attempts any problem in the left sidebar there is a short animated clip of how to solve this type of problem along with written directions. The student can see this again any time by pressing the i tab, but there are no verbal directions. This is really useful for reinforcing the learning, but the child needs to be a confident reader to fully utilize it. I used the app with my 7 year old son and daughter, who both enjoyed it and were successfully able to do both the multiplication and division problems with the app. However, I did need to help them with the app solely because they couldn’t confidently read the directions, so I would really like to see narration added. The app spends a lot of time teaching children how to represent equations pictorially, and how to understand the relationship between addition, multiplication, and division, but less time practicing solving equations, so I would like to see more levels added with extra equations to solve.

I think this is a very useful supplementary math app for teaching multiplication and division. Unlike mosts apps for these subjects it does not teach math facts, but instead concentrates on getting the student to understand the fundamentals of what multiplication and division really mean, and how they are related to each other and to addition. Learning these concepts and learning to visually represent the problems are very useful as it gives children important tools to let them solve new problems. I do think children also need to learn math facts (e.g. the times tables) as this is important for being able to answer questions quickly, so I wouldn’t use this as the only method of teaching multiplication and division, but as a supplementary app that really increases the child’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts it is a valuable learning tool.

Overall, a well designed, bright colorful supplementary maths app with high quality animation. I like how it gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts. By teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related which, I believe, makes learning division less daunting. In a future update I would like to see the addition of narration and more levels.



Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $2.99 USD

Ready for a crunchy, farm-fresh math treat? Solve satisfying veggie number problems and unlock two harvest adventures as you progress.

'Bright, colorful, engaging app... Gives children an opportunity.



Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $FREE

Ready for a crunchy, farm-fresh math treat? Solve satisfying veggie number problems and unlock two harvest adventures as you progress.

'Bright, colorful, engaging app... Gives children an opportunity.

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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