It’s that time of the year again and the end of year reports are on route home to parents and we have been in the same boat.
Joshua’s report came back glowing with is aptitude for geography, knowledge of flags and countries and general English and reading.
All his other core subject he is plodding more than nicely at but while filling in the reply slip from his report we were asked to ask our kids what they thought they might like to improve if anything next year.
Without taking a breath, Joshua replied that he would like to get better at his math.
So recently when were contacted by Zap Zap Math we were really excited to hear more.
Zap Zap Kindergarten Math is an app based learning programme that has been created as an online resource for little learners.
The app allows kids to solve maths problems with a range of interactive puzzles that encourage the processes of adding, subtracting, number recognition, shapes and measurements in a fun and engaging way.
Downloading it for our iPad was really easy (Prices £2.99 currently) which was expected but the start-up section of this app was great.
I added in Joshua’s name and picked a user name and spaceship and he set off in the spaceship to the first destination.
On arriving on the planet there are set games to play in order to unlock each of the next sections almost like a level game.
The levels within each game is not too long so it kept Joshua engaged and didn’t allow his mind to wander off which frequently happens.
Joshua also found it super easy to manoeuvre round the plants and being able to redo levels and plants means that your child can challenge themselves to do it again and possibly do better. Which is obviously great as reputation has been found to help learn new things.
The app has an american feel to it as it mentions Kindergarten several times including in the title. However basic numeracy and maths is relevant to all children regardless of location so this didn’t put me off.
Overall I think it is a lovely and engaging app.
My only negative isn’t in fact to do with the app it is the website instead. If you are looking for an app and are based in another country other than the US there is no information on there that makes the age range clear. It only mentioned ‘kindergarten’ and here in the UK we don’t work on the ‘K’ class system.
I am thrilled however to confirm that the app is aimed at our Primary age children. However in my personal opinion I would say this app is based more on a 4-7 age range so was perfect for Joshua.
Disclaimer: We trialled this app for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.