CONFESSION…..I don’t like drills-I do not like testsI never did….and really, I’m not too fond of board games (not big on competing…)
My oldest child…he doesn’t mind them. He enjoys the competition….he enjoys seeing how fast and how well he can do something.
My middle – she’s like me. If she sees a test or….these things…
her heart begins to beat, tears start to form…..and….well, you can fill in the rest.
So…what do you do in these situations? If you read my Leadership series…you should be thinking…”Um, Rebecca, don’t you say your relationship is more important…and while this isn’t a ‘text’…isn’t it something that (in your case/my case) could KILL their love of learning….”
YES…and that’s why…the boxes that those ‘things’ at the top are kept in….stay on the shelf.
BUT…..I was recently introduced to this fun app on my phone. Yep, I’m finally caving a little….giving in to the technology we do have available to us….and well, there’s only one problem. While my kids are playing this on my phone…I can’t take pictures of them…because I only use my phone for pics.
So, What is it? It’s Flippin Ma+h Facts….and well…it’s FUN. Here’s the kicker…it’s the same concept as those ‘things’…those paper cards that litter the floors of every home in America…. but, it’s like everything else…if you make it fun, if you make it a little different, all of a sudden, it’s the best thing since sliced bread!
How does it work?
If you select on math operator (add, subtract, multiply or divide), you are taken to a screen that looks like your flash cards. You see the problem…just like a flash card…and then, you tap the screen, it flips and you see the answer.
This is a great way for your children to sit and just flip trough the screen…while you sit and see if they can tell you the correct answer…or they can do it alone, either way, they are going to ‘see’ the correct answer and it will begin to help them remember it.
If you select PLAY, you are taken to a screen that has 40 different levels to play…
Each math operator has 10 levels (easy, medium and hard) to play the game…so, you can help your child GROW…without frustrating them. Within each of the levels, the numbers by which the child adds, subtracts, multiplies or divides increases.
At the end of the game, you see this screen….and it will identify the quantity of problems were incorrect (if there were any)
All in all, we really enjoy Flippin Math Facts. Last week, we were at the park and my youngest had not worked on any type of math during our school time. So, I asked him to come sit with me…we chatted and then, I showed him this app. He sat for about 15 minutes…and I loved seeing the smile on his face as he operated the app, correctly answered questions and had fun learning.
My sweet girl…she even enjoys it….and my oldest…he’s determined to beat his best time/score every time he plays it.
SO, I give this app two thumbs up….and I highly recommend it for any and all of you!
You can find it HERE…and it is Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
So, go get it….come back, let me know how much you love it and maybe our children (the ones who are a little competitive) can have some fun trying to beat some high scores together!
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