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

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



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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

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.



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).
 Beyond Cats! Grade 2 Math Standards  by Maypop Designs- Review

Beyond Cats! Grade 2 Math Standards by Maypop Designs- Review




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What we love…

Fun and engaging mini games, comprehensive, multi-user capability

What we’d love to see…

double check problems and answers for accuracy

Summary

A math app covering a wide range of topics that will engage and entertain children as they learn.

Our Rating

theGames: Grade 2 Math Standards - Practice Common Core Math for 2nd Graders

“Mommy, I like this!  This is really, really, really fun!” These were the very words my daughter said to me after playing with theGames:Grade 2 Math Standards by MaypopDesigns.  MayPopDesigns is the brainchild of husband and wife Daniel and Marta Snow.  Together, they have developed engaging and artistically pleasing apps for elementary aged children that effectively encourage a love of learning.  Among their apps are Sporty Fun Puzzles, Kindergarten Math, and Grade 1 Math. This app has had a name change since the review was published to Beyond Cats! Grade 2 Math Standards – Practice Common Core Math for 2nd Graders – maypopdesigns

 

Grade 2 Math is comprehensive and is aligned with common core standards.  It covers number recognition, sequencing, all four basic operations, fractions, shapes, patterns, date, time, money, data and unit measurements, base ten, place value, relativity, positioning, and symmetry.

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Children review mathematical concepts by playing mini games.  Each game has a set of nine problems covering a single mathematical concept.  The problems to be solved are displayed on the top of the screen.  On the lower portion of the screen are nine cards that show all possible answers to choose from.  Each answer has a corresponding puzzle piece. If all nine problems are answered correctly all the pieces will fit to form a picture.  Children can check their answers by clicking on the “check your answer” tab on the right of the screen.  If the answer is correct, the puzzle piece will be in the correct spot.  If their answer is wrong, they get another chance at answering the question by clicking on the incorrect puzzle piece and sending it back to the game.

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After each mini game, children are awarded with pieces they can use to complete and collect pictures on the world map.  The world map can be found in the “score and puzzle prizes” tab.  There are over 60 pictures, each requiring 108 pieces to complete.  Children receive one piece for every correct answer.  That translates to over 6,000 correct answers or problems they have to solve to complete their collection. That is an amazing amount of math practice!

 

Grade 2 Math can be used by as many as 50 children.  Children can personalize their player names and icons.  Parents and teachers can customize their children’s experience by choosing a starting point and selecting specific topics to practice.  They can also keep track of their progress to see which topics they are proficient in and which ones they need more work on.

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There really isn’t anything I can think of to add to this app.  I did, however, find a couple of errors that need to be corrected in future updates.  There are two subtraction problems I came across with incorrect answers:  10-2 is 8, but the app showed 7 as the correct answer; 10-3 is 7, but the app showed 6 as the correct answer.  I would suggest double checking all the problems and answers for accuracy.

 

Overall, I really like this app.  Judging by my daughter’s response and how often she plays with this, I would say that Grade 2 Math by MaypopDesigns is worth adding to your math app collection.

 

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 News: Now available: A third “self-checking” comprehensive math practice app for kids by MaypopDesigns

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theGames: Grade 2 Math Standards - Practice Common Core Math for 2nd GradersMaypopDesigns has released theGames: Grade 2 Math Standards, their third app in a series of critically acclaimed math practice apps for early elementary school aged children. With this new app, MaypopDesigns now offers a portfolio of apps aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Math Content in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades.

 

“Our own young daughters inspired us to start creating educational apps that would make practicing math fun and engaging on the iPhone or iPad,” says Marta Snow, CEO, Co-Founder and Designer of MaypopDesigns. “We felt that the app market needed to have some truly educational math apps that focused on the math without getting lost in an extended introduction or reward play-time. Of course, we also wanted to make our apps unique and nice to look at too.”

 

“theGames” apps provide practice of a variety of math content that is introduced in the early elementary grade levels. “Gently, but carefully aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Math,” says the promotional video for theGames: Grade 1 Math Standards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXVhcDfBbd4 This series of apps is one of the few offerings in the app market that provides such a range of content within a single app. Some of the mathematical concepts that are covered in MaypopDesigns’ apps are:

  • Number Sense & Sequencing
  • Addition/Subtraction
  • Multiplication/Division
  • Base Ten
  • Place Values
  • Fractions
  • Shape Identification
  • Patterns
  • Symmetry
  • Time
  • Money
  • Calendars
  • Measurement
  • Data Graphs

 

The whimsical animals found in theGames apps can be credited to Marta Snow’s father, Bud Wudlick, an artist and retired elementary art teacher. Years ago he created a series of pen-and-ink drawings of animals and their Spanish names to hang up in his school’s Spanish classroom. The hand drawn style is expanded upon and brightened up with the white, jewel-toned colors and transparency of the modern mobile user-interface.

 

Kids interact with the app by tapping on answer squares and sliding out tabs from the sides of the screens. A feature of the game-play that is not found in other apps is the method of “self-checking” answers – it’s beyond multiple choice. Progressively harder questions are posed as kids answer questions correctly, thus providing engagement with the app over an entire school year. Rewards allow the kids to discover different animals, plants and insects from around the world. Parents and teachers can visually check-in on how kids are progressing, create an individualized practice set and see which Common Core Math topics are being practiced. There are no advertisements or in-app purchases, and any links to outside the app are behind a “parental gate.”

 

The apps are available on iTunes:

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MaypopDesigns is the mom and pop app shop of Dan and Marta Snow. Dan, with degrees in Applied Physics and Computer Science from Yale and MIT, takes care of all the programming in-house, and Marta, with degrees in Architecture from Yale and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, takes care of all the artwork and business. The Maypop is a cooler-climate variety of the beautiful Passion Fruit Vine, which the Snow family has managed to grow in their garden near the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. A locale not to be mistaken for a tropical paradise, especially in January. It’s also a fun name that sounds a bit like “mom and pop”. They have two growing daughters that give inspiration for the apps created, and are excellent beta testers. MaypopDesigns is a proud member of Moms With Apps, and fully supports the Know What’s Inside program for kids’ online privacy and safety.

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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).
 Fruity Fractions by Lighthouse Learning- Review

Fruity Fractions by Lighthouse Learning- Review



 

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What we love…

Bright colorful engaging graphics, nicely done tutorials, good introduction to fractions

What we’d love to see…

Multiple student profiles, ability to re-set progress, narration option

Summary

A bright, colorful engaging introduction to fractions.

Our Rating

Fruity FractionsFruity Fractions is the newest iOS app from UK-based Lighthouse Learning, creators of Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge and Shape Arts: Geometry Creations which we have previously reviewed. In their latest app, designed for 6 to 10-year-olds they tackle fractions with a fun, fruity twist. The app includes 50 levels and the student has to complete a level to unlock the next. It has a locked parents area which has a parents guide to the app, there are also external links in this area but they are disabled by default (you need to switch them on in settings). The “settings” lets you switch on or off the music, web links, hints and locks.Throughout the app the student is accompanied by Quip, a colorful bird, and mini lessons explain each concept the first time they do a problem, they can review these at any time by pressing the i button on the page.
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The app aims to teach the basics of fractions- what a fraction is, how fractions relate to a whole, what a numerator and denominator are. It works on fractions from halves to twelfths, it does not work on the concepts of comparing different fractions or on addition or subtraction of fractions. It is divided into sections each focusing on a different concept, and between each section is a short video, the videos together tell a story about Quip’s quest to get some fruit and his attempt to get his share, despite some greedy parrots.
Fruity Fractions visually demonstrates fractions using slices of different types of fruit. It shows that any shape, not just circles, can be divided into fractions as long as you cut it into equal sized pieces. The student is asked to answer a question by dragging and dropping fruit slices, numbers, fractions or symbols into the correct spot, then tapping a check box when they are done. If they get it correct they see a time for how long it took, and get a rating of 1-3 lightning bolts. If it is incorrect they see a hint and get to try again.
It starts off simply by showing how fractions are equal parts of a whole, demonstrating this by cutting a variety of colorful fruits into equal and unequal slices.
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Next, it introduces how the top number of a fraction tells you how many pieces you have, then goes on to explain that this is the numerator. Short animated videos in the sidebar show how the numerator changes as you add more slices. The student then gets to practice choosing the right numerator for each picture.
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Then the student goes on to learn that the denominator is the total number of parts that make a whole, and they practice finding both numerators and denominators.
The app starts out simply with only the right answers available, but as it goes on it gets more challenging with more choices and more details needing to be filled in by the student. By the end of the app they should be able to look at a picture showing a shape cut into equal segments with some parts missing and identify the correct fraction it shows, as well as create their own pictures to represent fractions and fill in missing numerators or denominators.
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The graphics are bright and engaging and the fruit slices drip with juice as they are moved from the cutting board into the correct spot, when I was testing the app my 1st grader daughter was watching me and immediately wanted to try it out. She was able to do questions with it that she had not yet covered in school, which was great, but she really needed me to sit with her when using the app as her reading skills are not confident enough to use it independently. I would love to see a narration option added. My 4th grade son also tested the app out, he felt the graphics were appealing and the app well done, but he was already confident in all the material covered, so thought it suitable for a younger student or one at his grade who was struggling with fractions.The app does not have multiple student profiles, which would be really useful if you have more than one child working on it, I also could not find a way to re-set the progress without uninstalling the app, I’d love to see these added in a future update.

Overall, a bright, colorful engaging introduction to fractions.


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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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