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This list has been curated by a volunteer Central Park parent in alignment with Central Park's instructional philosophy however this is only a fellow parent's suggestion. Details about apps change constantly so please Google the titles for the latest information on platforms and pricing.

 

This list was created based on the following principles:

 

1) It must be fun.

2) It should have feedback that helps the child learn other than simply "right" or "wrong".

3) There should be more than just an abstract representation of mathematics.

4) Visual representations of mathematics are a bonus.

5) Kinesthetic manipulations of mathematical concepts are a bonus.

6) Giving the child the ability to explore different methods rather than solving by a singular method are a bonus.

7) It should have minimal advertising.

 

 

Format:

Name

Developer

URL

Description

Age, Price, Platform

Big Seed

 

BigSeedApp.jpg

by Mind Research Institute 

(https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bigseed/id482245645)

Unfold the colored "seed" tiles to perfectly fill all the empty cells. 

Ages 4+. Free

Cyberchase 3D Builder

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"Bumbling bots Buzz and Delete accidentally zapped the houses in Botopolis totally flat. Help rebuild the town by turning 2D shapes into 3D structures."

 

Cyberchase is a great show because it integrates many math concepts into a fun storyline. My kids love it. The app is free.

 

http://pbskids.org/apps/cyberchase-3d-builder.html

Cyberchase Shape Quest

CyberchaseShapeQuest.jpg"From PBS KIDS and Cyberchase comes Shape Quest, a captivating app combining games, puzzles and 3D augmented reality! Shape Quest challenges kids ages 6-9 to use geometry and spatial reasoning to hone their problem solving skills."

 

Free

 

http://pbskids.org/apps/cyberchase-shape-quest.html

DragonBox Algebra 5+

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by We Want To Know AS

(http://dragonbox.com/algebra)

Children as young as five can easily begin to grasp the basic processes involved in solving linear equations without even realising that they are learning. 

* Addition
* Division
* Multiplication

Ages 4+. Paid $4.99 on iOS, Android and Windows.

DragonBox Algebra 12+

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by We Want To Know AS

(http://dragonbox.com/algebra#algebra_subpage_82)

DragonBox Algebra 12+ gives players a greater understanding of what mathematics is all about: objects and the relationships between objects. 

* Parentheses
* Positive and Negative signs
* Addition of Fractions (Common Denominators)
* Collection of Like Terms
* Factorization
* Substitution

Ages 9-11. Paid $7.99. On iOS, Android and Windows.

DragonBox Elements

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by We Want To Know AS

(http://dragonbox.com/elements)

Discover the logic of geometry.

Ages 4+. Paid $4.99 on iOS.

DragonBox Numbers

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by We Want To Know AS

(http://dragonbox.com/numbers)

DragonBox Numbers will teach your child what numbers are, how they work, and what you can do with them.

Ages 6-8. Paid $7.99 on iOS.

DreamBox Learning

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by DreamBox Learning

(https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dreambox-math-blue/id1103364958)

A rigorous K-8 math curriculum, motivating learning environment, and in-the-moment feedback built with our pioneering Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology to deliver the DreamBox difference. 

Ages 4+. Free download, paid subscription $12.95/mo and other bundles. iOS and Android

 

"DreamBox is an amazing program because it combines exploration and experimentation with visual mathematical representations that transform into abstract notations. The program is adaptive, meaning it adjusts the games to your child's level of comprehension. If your child is stuck on a particular challenge, DreamBox will actually explain the concept and solution with visual representations before moving onto the next game. It also works across a multitude of platforms including Mac, PC, iOS tablets and Android. It is a used by many schools in San Jose Unified. It is not an approved curriculum in SCUSD however, parents can get home subscriptions directly from DreamBox. And even better, my kids enjoy playing it."

Endless Numbers

EndlessNumbers.jpg"Set the stage for early numeracy learning with Endless Numbers! Kids will adore learning number recognition, sequences, and quantity with the adorable Endless monsters.  

Each number features interactive sequences and equation puzzles with numbers that come alive, and a short animation that provides context and meaning to each number."

 

Endless Numbers is free to download with an in-app purchase for the full version. It is good for ages 2-5. 

 

http://www.originatorkids.com/?p=731

Fractions

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"Fractions lets students use a bar or circle to represent, compare, and perform operations with fractions with denominators from 1 to 100. Choose the fraction model and number of equal parts. Use a color to select specific parts to show a fraction of the whole. Reveal or hide numeric labels as needed. Superimpose fractions upon each other to compare fractions or see equal parts."

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/fractions

Geoboard

Geoboard.jpg"The Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more."

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/geoboard

Kickbox

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by Mind Research Institute 

(https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kickbox/id438373028)

Position lasers and mirrors to knock all balls out of the Jiji's path.

Ages 4+. Free on iOS.

Money Pieces

MoneyPieces.pngMoney Pieces help students visualize and understand money values and relationships. Two versions of coins and bills are provided: virtual currency pieces that replicate the appearance and relative size of U.S. coins and the dollar bill, and area money pieces.

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/money-pieces

Number Frames

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Number Frames help students structure numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute with numbers in a particular range.

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/number-frames

Number Line

NumberLine.png"Number Line helps students visualize number sequences and demonstrate strategies for counting, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Choose number lines labelled with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, or negative numbers. Or use a blank number line, with or without tick marks."

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/number-line

Number Pieces

NumberPieces.png"Number pieces help students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students use the pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide."

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/number-pieces

Number Pieces Basic

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"Number pieces help students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students use the pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide."

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/number-pieces

Number Rack

NumberRack.png"The Number Rack facilitates the natural development of children’s number sense. Rows of moveable, colored beads encourage learners to think in groups of fives and tens, helping them to explore and discover a variety of addition and subtraction strategies."

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/number-rack

Pattern Shapes

PatternShapes.png"Students use Pattern Shapes to explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines. As they work with the shapes students explore geometric relationships, think about angles, investigate symmetry, and compose and decompose larger shapes. Many of these explorations lead naturally to thinking about fractions as parts of a whole."

 

Free

 

http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/pattern-shapes

StarFall Numbers

StafallNumbers.jpg"Explore numbers with the magic of curiosity and the power of motivation: the Starfall way! With this app, your child will learn to recognize number symbols and values by connecting them to real-world objects (such as 1 sun, 5 fingers, and 10 toes). Your child will then apply these concepts with counting games! Starfall Numbers includes individual activities for numbers 0-20, 25, 50, and 100, plus four interactive games that bridge numbers between 20 and 100 and build counting skills in entertaining and practical ways. Each activity reinforces simple language and basic vocabulary, making this app an excellent choice for pre-readers, emerging readers, and English language learners alike."

 

$4.99 on iTunes for the app version but cheaper on the web version with a subscription to the whole site. The web site has a free limited version demo: http://more2.starfall.com/m/math-k/numbers-demo/load.htm

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/starfall-numbers/id736244016?mt=8

Twelve a Dozen

TwelveADozen.jpg"Meet the heroine, Twelve, as she sets off on an adventure to rescue her family following a cataclysmic event that befalls the town of Dozenopolis. Follow Twelve and her companion Dot—a clever decimal point— as they explore the universe and solve mathematics puzzles along the way"

 

Honestly, as a parent, I thought this app looked dumb at first. Then I noticed my 6-year-olds were having so much fun helping each other figure out multiplication, addition and subtraction to get this TV screen-headed figure bounce across the screen. So... I guess it is good... Go figure...

 

$4 on iTunes.

 

http://www.bossastudios.com/games/twelve/

Fill the Cup

 

Slice Fractions

 

Addition

 

Fruity Fractions

 

Llama Drama