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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Beyond Cats! Grade 2 Math Practice Beyond Cats! Grade 2 Math Practice by appikiko LLC

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theGames: Grade 1 Math Standards
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theGames: Kindergarten Math StandardsRead Our Review

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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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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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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).



Tower Math by Dan Russell- Pinson of Freecloud Design – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Outstanding graphics, very entertaining, motivates kids to practice math, suitable for a wide range of ages

What we’d love to see…

Double digit equations written in vertical format

Summary

An innovative app that makes math drills fun by weaving it into a very entertaining strategy and defense game.

Our Rating

Tower Math™

If you are like me, you have probably downloaded quite a number of math apps for your children already, and you may wonder if you really need another one.  I would suggest that you check out Tower Math by Dan Russell-Pinson of Freecloud Design. Dan is well-known in the educational game arena for his engaging educational games such as Monster Physics and Stack the States. His latest app, Tower Math, is an innovative app that covers all basic operations, makes math drills engaging and entertaining and motivates children to tackle more advanced equations without the fuss.

 

In Tower Math an evil wizard has cast a spell that turned all the numbers into monsters. It is the player’s job to break the spell and free the numbers.  To accomplish this, players must build towers and use special powers that will throw spell-breaking objects at the numbers as they walk down the countryside.  Before the game begins, players must select which mathematical operation they want to work on: addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.  They can change mathematical operations anytime by going back to the main menu and resuming their game.

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There are three types of towers, each with its own unique features.  The Lobber Tower has fast speed and medium strength.  The Cannon Tower has a slow attack and high splash effect.  The Lighting Tower has a slow attack and high strength.  Players click on a target on the screen and choose which tower they want to build.  After they have picked their tower, they will choose whether they want their tower to have 1, 2, or 3 levels.  They will then be asked to solve an equation and choose the correct answer.  If they choose the right answer, the tower gets built.  The more levels they want their tower to have the more difficult the equation is that they have to solve.  If they built a tower with only one or two levels, they can upgrade it by clicking on the tower and solving another equation for the level they choose.  Once the tower has been fully upgraded (all three levels), clicking on that tower will allow them to build a different type of tower in its place.

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There are two special powers available to use, and just like building the towers, they must solve an equation to use them. The more difficult the equations are, the stronger the powers are.  After choosing the correct answer, players then tap on the specific place they want the special power to be used.  The two special powers are Magic Rain and Freeze Ray.  Magic Rain has high strength and can affect multiple targets at once.  Freeze Ray temporarily freezes the numbers to give players time to build or upgrade towers.

 

The 3D retina display graphics in Tower Math is incredible.    It even has graphic settings to accommodate slow and fast processors.  I have never seen that as an option before and I think it’s fantastic.

 

Tower Math can save and track the progress of up to 5 players.  It can also be played by a guest player, but their progress will only be saved until another player logs in.  Players earn either a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each level based on how accurate they are in solving mathematical equations and how many numbers they free.

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My children, ages 7, 9, 12, and 16 all enjoyed playing Tower Math.  The varying levels made it challenging even for the older ones.  I know I have made a good investment when all my children love and benefit from the same app.  The only suggestion I have for future updates is to have double digit math equations written in a vertical format.  It makes it a lot easier and faster for my children, as I am sure it does for other children, to solve an equation when written in the typical vertical format they use when solving it with pen and paper.

 

Dan Russell-Pinson develops amazing apps, and Tower Math is no exception.  It is an app that is sure to be loved and enjoyed by any child for years to come.  No matter how many math apps you already have, this is an app that you will want and must have in your repertoire.

At it’s current price of only 99c this is a deal you don’t want to miss!

Tower Math™ – Freecloud Design, Inc.

Tower Math®
Tower Math®
by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Category: Education, Games, Family
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: 174.95 MB

$1.99USD

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