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Maths Practice App


Funexpected - Cool Math Games!

Educational app 4 children 3-6

iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

Funexpected Math is an attractive app that uses mini-games to develop and consolidate children's maths skills.  Its detailed descriptions of curriculum objectives met, imaginative games, and growing content make it an app subscription worth considering.

Teacher Review

Among the earliest type of educational app was the mini-game-based maths app.  In such an app, an aspect of numeracy is learned or practised by playing a short game.  These were often quite unsophisticated and were sometimes little more than dressed up multiple-choice quizzes.  Fortunately, this genre has evolved and proven to be a useful and popular one.  Funexpected Math is a new app of this ilk and one that shows how these apps can be imaginative, educational, and unexpected fun.

A strength of Funexpected Math, not seen much in other apps of a similar type, is the detail it gives for each activity.  As well as an explanation of how to play each mini-game, there is a series of learning objectives that describe what it teaches and tests.  These may not match word for word with what is on any given curriculum but it should not be difficult to map them to their corresponding points in a school's maths curriculum.  This should make it easier for teachers to incorporate the app into their lessons and for parents to use it to support their children in areas where the students need extra practise.

Each mini-game is located within a stylised version of a country of the world.  At the time of this review, Japan contains the most activities while Egypt has just the two.  The full world map and the 'coming soon' notice on one of the games suggests that this is an app that will continue to grow.  As this is a subscription-based app, this should provide it with the longevity and freshness that an app with a subscription needs.

There is a lovely textured feeling to the graphics used within this app.  It is almost a surprise not to feel the edges and roughness of the paper-like on-screen graphical elements.  This makes the app stand out among the more cartoon-like maths mini-games out there.  Children who have often played multiple maths apps will see this one as quite different from the others based on the look alone.  The scenes which hold the activities and act as selection screens are full of graphical flourishes and little animations that do not add to the learning but are an example of the care and attention that has been lavished upon the app to make it a welcoming and interesting play and learning experience for children.

Each of the games is introduced with a visual explanation of how to play that children must follow before advancing.   In some cases, a verbal prompt also accompanies it.  The style of the activity suits the area of maths that it is covering.  Symmetry, for example, uses the familiar tool of the pegboard and elastic bands for children to complete symmetrical shapes.  Counting has children adding and subtracting one along a number line.  With shape spotting, where the activity is a case of identification and, perhaps a plain multiple-choice quiz could have worked, it is made more fun by guiding an on-screen ninja to slice the given shape.  They are all really good and it will be interesting to see how the next games to be added will play.

There is a feedback screen for each activity that shows how a child has engaged with it and how far they have gone.  Sadly, there is not the option to have multiple users in the app so the record keeping will become meaningless if multiple children use it.  There is the welcome option, however, of easily resetting the records when another player uses the app.

Funexpected Math looks and plays great.  Its math content is accurate and useful and will provide excellent practice to consolidate and develop learning.  There is a free trial period to its subscription so you can dip in and see how the whole package plays before you pay anything.  You may well find that the subscription provides just what you have been looking for to assist your child's learning. 

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Developer Description

Excellent way to prepare your kids for success in preschool and kindergarten curriculum! Seven exciting educational activities to develop your child's math skills and boost her brain development.
 
Kids travel the world and explore foreign lands, where they find enjoyable learning games on a variety of topics: logic, geometry, counting, algorithms, patterns and more, where math tasks turn into an adventure full of amusing rewards.
 
Thanks to the game’s research-backed effectiveness, kids get a head start at school while having an engaging and personalized math learning experience. Games ideally suited for pre-k children, 1st grade and students in kindergarten who need a fun and entertaining education. Ages: 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 years old children.
 
Studies have found that children are more open to learning at a young age (three to six), and by successfully learning the fundamentals of math at this stage in their lives, children find it easier to develop further math skills in later life. Every child is capable of mastering math!
 
MOTIVATIONAL AND ENCOURAGING
 
Funexpected Math features a consistent motivational system that promotes and encourages learning. There’s no achievement too insignificant and no gain too small. Every step is encouraged and every little victory is proudly celebrated.
 
- Consistent encouragement
 
- Digital prizes and awards
 
 
KEY FEATURES OF FUNEXPECTED MATH
 
+ Self-paced and adaptive math practice program
 
+ Learning math concepts in a gentle and intuitive way
 
+ Suggestions and hints for the wrong answers
 
+ HD graphics and animation to give an amazing gameplay experience
 
+ Playing in a safe, digital environment. 
 
PROGRAM INFO
 
Content Coverage: 20+ math skills
 
Curriculum: Common Core Standards and beyond.
 
KINDERGARTEN MATH:
 
Numbers, Count Sequence, Arithmetic, Counting & Comparisons, Decomposing Numbers, Classify Objects, Addition Concept, Subtraction Concept, Geometry.
 
1st GRADE MATH:
 
Addition, Subtraction, Number Sense, Advanced Addition & Subtraction, Mixed Operations, Counting & Comparison, Geometry, Geometric Shapes Rotation, 2D Shapes, Recognizing Symmetry, Skip-counting (2s,3s,5s,10s).
 
EXTRA THEMES TO BOOST CHILD’S MATHEMATICAL MINDSET:
 
• ALGORITHMS
 
Simple commands “UP”, “DOWN”, “LEFT”, “RIGHT”, create algorithms with commands.
 
•LOGIC
 
Reason with shapes and their attributes, organizing objects into categories using attributes.
 
SUBSCRIPTION PLANS
 
• Free Trial: We offer a free trial period for all plans.
 
• Cancel Anytime: No charges if plan cancelled before the end of trial period.
 
• Renewal: Auto-renewal may be turned off anytime from Account Settings. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
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