Electric Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction by Lighthouse Learning – Review



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A firm understanding of place value enables students to add and subtract large numbers easily. Whether or not your child needs work on place value, he will gain a deeper understanding of place value and its relationship to addition and subtraction from Lighthouse Learning’s latest app, Electric Sums. This is an excellent app for practicing place value and learning how to use it to manipulate numbers to facilitate the most effective strategies for addition and subtraction.

What we love…

Step-by-step skill-building approach built into the puzzles.

What we’d love to see…

More introductory levels involving 2-digit numbers.

Summary

Working through a series of specially-designed mathematical puzzles, students can really gain a deeper understanding of place value and learn how to use it to easily solve addition and subtraction within 1000 (without regrouping). Skill building is incremental and there are lots of practice opportunity in a game-like environment.

Our Rating

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I really like how this app breaks down the whole process of adding or subtracting with place value and allow students to focus on only one instruction at a time. There are 2 learning pathways in this app. In the first pathway, students learn the full partitioning strategy used in school where the numbers are separated into hundreds, tens and ones for addition purposes. In the second pathway, students learn and practice a more advanced strategy of adding or subtracting with partial separation of numbers using the number line. 3 animated tutorials walk students through these 2 different methods of adding and subtracting.

Students master the skills through completing a series of mathematical puzzles where different place values are missing. Here, students are not asked to work out the final answers to the mathematical problems, instead they look at the place values that solve the puzzles. This approach encourages students to analyse how place value is connected to the addition and subtraction process.

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There are altogether 35 addition puzzles in the first learning pathway. Each puzzle is designed like an electric circuit connecting the different components of an addition problem. When the missing place values are correctly filled it, the resulting electric current will power up whatever electric appliance that is connected in the circuit. There is a variety of skill-building puzzles to get students to practice how to split 3-digit numbers into place values (123 = 100 + 20 + 3) and add the values separately before combining them to get the sum.

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By using place value as a tool, the app is able to teach both addition and subtraction at the same time. In the second learning pathway, students will learn and practice adding and subtracting in small steps using place value, from the largest to the smallest, on a number line. Once again, students are not required to find the answers to the addition/subtraction problems. Instead, their task is to demonstrate the series of steps needed to reach the final answers, which involves counting up or down the number line. With a total of 35 puzzles, students get plenty of practice to master mental calculations using place value.

I like everything about this app. It is visually stunning and polished in execution. The bonus story about gadget fanatic Digit and his robot Bobo provides fun breaks. The animated instructions are clear, hints are easily available when needed and offers of assistance are timely. The puzzles are cleverly designed to build mastery of skills, one at a time and they also allow students to visualize and understand the various relationships in the problem solving process. The learning support is superb and the app feels more like a sophisticated game rather than an instructional app.

Like all the other Lighthouse Learning apps, Electric Sums is a brilliant app that develops active learners. Highly recommended.

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Electric Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) – Lighthouse Learning
Free lite version –

Electric Sums - Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) Electric Sums - Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning
Category: Education, Games, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 25.09 MB

$2.99USD

 

 

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.

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.



Mr. Bear Kids Games in the Forest by Banana Apps Kids -Review



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What we love…

Cute paper cut-out style illustrations, realistic sound effects

What we’d love to see…

increasing difficulty level as the player masters tasks to give it more replay value

Summary

A cute animal themed app that will appeal most to toddlers, all the tasks are very simple so older children may master it quickly.

Our Rating

Mr. Bear kids games in the forest - Puzzle for tots, toddlers and preschoolers freeMr. Bear kids games in the forest is the latest children’s app from Dutch app developer Banana Apps Kids. It is available as a free download with 3 mini-games unlocked, more games can be unlocked via IAP, currently you get 4 additional games for $1.99 or 18 additional games (the full app) unlocked for $3.99. No language is required to use the app, it has music and sound effects which can be switched off in settings, but no spoken or written language. It does contain social media links and one time in-app purchases but these are behind a parental gate (accessed by pressing and holding for several seconds).

The game has no instructions but is pretty intuitive to navigate. Mr. Bear is waking up and heading to the forest to cheer up his friends who are feeling sad. The child can swipe sideways to see all the forest friends. Tapping on them accesses their mini-game, padlocks mark games that have not been unlocked.

Games in the free version

3 games are included for free: Feed the rabbit, put the eggs in the nest and help the deer cross the river

Rabbit

The rabbit is sad because he is hungry and he opens his mouth to encourage the child to feed him. There are 4 carrots growing nearby and if the child drags them to his mouth he will swallow them and make chewing noises. Once he has eaten all 4 carrots he is happy and will dance and laugh.

Bird

The mama bird is sad because her eggs have fallen out of the nest, the child needs to drag all 3 eggs to the nest where they will hatch and make her happy.

Deer

The fawn wants to cross the river to visit Mr. Bear but the bridge is broken, the child must put the 2 pieces of the bridge in place to repair it so he can cross.

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Additional games in the full version

For $1.99 you unlock the 1st 4 games listed, for S3.99 you unlock them all.

Hedgehog- fix his kite by re-attaching the tail

Beaver- Help him pile up logs to make a dam

Deer – choose the right headgear from 2 hats and a set of antlers

Butterfly- has lost her spots, help redecorate her wings

Duck- put her ducklings in the water so they can swim to mum.

Bat- wants to go to sleep, put him hanging from the cave roof

Goose is hungry feed him bread

Bee- the beehive has fallen down, hang it back in the tree

Flowers- water the flowers and watch them grow

Snail has lost his home, pick the right one from 3 choices

Treehouse- put the 3 pieces of the treehouse together

Frog is hungry, feed him 2 flies

Owl- has lost an eye, put it back

Squirrel- has lost his acorn, return it to him

Fox- dig a hole so fox can rescue her cub from the den

Boat- help Mr. Bear sail his toy sailboat

Camper- a camper needs help putting in 3 tent pegs

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In all of the games the animal or person is sad, and by helping them the child makes them happy again. The illustrations are colorful with a cute paper cut-out feel, and realistic sound effects add to the atmosphere. All the games are very simple, typically dragging and dropping 1-3 objects into the correct spot. The app works on fine motor skills of dragging and dropping, simple puzzle completion, selecting the right object from 3 choices and introduces the idea that helping someone can change their emotional state from sad to happy. Because the games are very simple it will appeal most to toddlers and young pre-school aged children. Toddlers may enjoy replaying it, but older children will probably master it pretty quickly, it would be nice to see more difficulty levels added to give the app more replay value. It is worth downloading the free app to see if your toddler enjoys it. All the games are very short, so I would recommend trying the free games with your child and then deciding for yourself if your child enjoys it enough to justify the $3.99 price tag for 18 more mini-games of similar length.

To download the free version please follow this link: bit.ly/1th23un

Mr. Bear fun forrest kids game Mr. Bear fun forrest kids game by Jogo Jogo

Price: $FREE

Welcome to Mr. Bear's forest adventure!


Join Mr. Bear on a happy journey through the forest. All Mr. Bear's friends seem a little sad, complete fun tasks for his friends to help them out of.

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).



Treasure Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction by Lighthouse Learning – Review



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What we love…

Visually attractive with lots of different challenging puzzles and strong learning support.

What we’d love to see…

Multiple player profiles.

Summary

A one-of-a-kind addition and subtraction app that gets students thinking and not just practicing.

Our Rating

I have always been impressed with the unique approaches taken by Lighthouse Learning apps in getting students engaged in learning various mathematical concepts. Their latest app, Treasure Sums is no different. More than just an app for practicing addition and subtraction (covering fact fluency, place value, regrouping, number strategies and number pairs), it helps build the more important critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Like their other apps (Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication, Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics, Fruity Fractions, Shape Arts: Geometry Creations and Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge), Treasure Sums is visually stunning and professionally made. It may not be action packed like other Math game apps in the App Store but it will guarantee lots of brain activity for kids that play it.

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Treasure Sums starts with a story of treasure hunting and it unfolds as players solve different types of mathematical puzzles. The story adds more color to the app but it forms just a small part of the 85-puzzle app, providing some well-deserved breaks for players who complete each of the 3 sections – Shape Sums, Number Paths and Coin Challenge.

 

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Shape Sums contains a total of 30 mathematical puzzles in increasing levels of difficulties and 2 bonus challenges upon completion of the 30 puzzles. Here, players have to complete the puzzles so that the numbers in each shape add up to the number at the top. This section helps players become aware and master the various number pairs which make 10 and 20.

 

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Number Paths ups the difficulty level by including subtraction and larger numbers (up to 50). Numbers in the puzzles in this section are placed horizontally for addition and vertically for subtraction. Here, students get even more practice in adding and subtracting by using place value and regrouping. There is a total of 25 puzzles plus 2 bonus challenges.

 

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Puzzles in Coin Challenge involves addition and subtraction of whole numbers within 1000. Students place the coins so that each math problem is correct. There are 23 sets of puzzles (up to 3 puzzles in each set) and 3 bonus challenges.

Accompanying each puzzle are 2 buttons – information and light bulb. The information button highlights the math facts and strategies to use to solve the puzzle while the bulb lights up when students have difficulty in answering or when it detects a mistake. Tapping it gives students a hint on the next best move.

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I really enjoyed solving the different puzzles and tried to outdo my older son in terms of speed. Moving any number affects the sum/difference in the other calculations in the puzzle, so players have to constantly check all of them which means kids get lots of practice in addition (both horizontally and vertically) and subtraction within 1000 as well as strategies for verifying answers quickly.

 

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Treasure Sums is not an app for children who are just learning the concept of addition and subtraction, it is for children who need more addition and subtraction practice and to learn how to apply the appropriate facts and strategies that they have learnt to solve mathematical problems. There are many ways to solve each puzzle but which is the most efficient method? Getting your children to explain how they solve each puzzle and comparing the different ways will help build their awareness of more effective approaches.

As students advance to higher level mathematics, solely understanding and memorizing various mathematical facts and strategies is not enough. Students need to know how to apply the appropriate concepts, theories, tools, methods and approaches to solve unfamiliar mathematical problems. They need higher order thinking skills and you can start your children early by exposing them to a variety of mathematical problems in different settings like the puzzles in Treasure Sums. I highly recommend this app for developing critical thinking skills in elementary mathematics.

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Treasure Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) – Lighthouse Learning
Free lite version –

Treasure Sums - Lumio addition and subtraction math games for the Common Core classroom (Full Version) Treasure Sums - Lumio addition and subtraction math games for the Common Core classroom (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning
Category: Education, Puzzle, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 43.03 MB

$2.99USD

 

 

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.

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.



Old MacDonald Songs for Kids by Touchzing Media – Review




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What we love…

bright, colorful, engaging animations and interactions

What we’d love to see…

Improved word highlighting, more educational value

Summary

A bright, colorful engaging app for toddlers and preschoolers that will get them singing along to 3 different versions of Old MacDonald

Our Rating

Old Macdonald Songs For Kids There are many Old MacDonald apps in the appstore, but what makes Old MacDonald Songs for Kids by Touchzing Media different is that it includes not just Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but also 2 new versions of the song. The app is a free download that includes Old MacDonald Had a Farm, it has a single IAP (currently $1.99) which unlocks 2 more songs- Old MacDonald Had a Jungle and Old MacDonald Had a Circus. The app has a single in-app purchase, but no other external links or adverts.

All three songs feature bright, colorful graphics with fun animal characters. Each song is performed by a pleasant sounding female vocalist, with musical accompaniment and other singers joining in on the chorus. There is word highlighting as the songs are sung, although it doesn’t keep perfect time with the lyrics (it is a continual rolling highlighting rather than a word or phrase at a time).

 

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MacDonald had a Farm is the traditional version of the song but with a few surprises – the animals on this farm include : musical pigs, camels, dogs, horses, multi-colored cows (including a purple one!), dancing goats, chickens and anthropomorphic donkeys. The song is accompanied by an animated video featuring each of the animals in their turn and there are some fun interactions such as throwing a bone for the dogs and making coconuts fall from a palm tree. Some children may be disappointed that there is no cat, lamb or duck so it would be nice to see those added in a future update.

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Old MacDonald Had a Jungle

In Old MacDonald Had a Jungle, the child is transported to the jungle for this new song version. This version includes a giraffe, a blue gorilla, playful monkeys, a purple dancing hippo, zebras, ball-playing deer, dancing bears and a a regal lion. Their are some unusual animal noises – the giraffes bleat (which usually only giraffe calves do, adults are more likely to bellow or snort) and the deer “bell”.

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Old MacDonald Had a Circus

Old MacDonald Had a Circus features an old-style circus with lots of performing animals and a whip-toting ringmaster. The circus performers include: lions, animal jugglers, performing elephants,  animal clowns, a human cannonball, tigers, cat and dog trapeze artists, and dog and monkey high wire performers. The interactive hotspots in this video show the animals and people performing their circus tricks. It is a fun song, but it would be nice to see the ringmaster crack his whip less.

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The song videos are bright, colorful and engaging with fun interactions and animations. This songs are performed well and it is nice to have word highlighting, though I would like to see it synched better. I would like to see a little more accuracy on which animals are included in the Jungle and Farm songs, so that it can be a teaching tool for children to learn about different animals as well as a fun way for them to learn the Old MacDonald Had a Farm song and some new variations on it.

Overall a bright, colorful engaging app for toddlers and preschoolers that will get them singing along to 3 different versions of Old MacDonald. I would recommend downloading the free version, and if your children enjoy it consider paying $1.99 to unlock the other 2 songs.

Old Macdonald Songs For Kids – Touchzing Media


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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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