Math Apps – Montessori MatheMAGICs: Dynamic Division

My mother was a Math teacher so Math has always been firmly drilled into me as a very important subject. As such, I’m always looking for new ways to teach the boys Math. The following app came to my attention recently and I think it’s hit the nail on the head for teaching children about division.

Montessori MatheMAGICs: Dynamic Division

What is division? When do we divide? How? These questions just disappear when your child starts dividing coins among pirates, shoes between caterpillars, and bananas among the monkeys. And tidying up after such a mess couldn’t be more fun – have you ever cleared aliens with a tornado, ice-cream with a magic wand, or ghosts using a frog?

This unique math app takes Maria Montessori’s division board and electrifies it for the iPad generation. Set out systematically with 9 levels, a variety of sensory skills as well as a host of child-appealing characters and concepts, your child can work independently to discover the magic of math. With a carefully considered balance of fun and learning, concentration and laughing, children are focused and open, absorbing the basics of division in a way they will never forget and at an age much younger than you would expect!

This is a new app by developer Damian Kedzierski that teaches young children about the concept of division. This is exactly the kind of app I have been searching for because it teaches division in a visual manner that makes it easier for young children to understand.

For instance, there are 32 gold coins and each pirate wants an equal share. How many gold coins will each pirate receive? The child is required to drag the gold coins to the blank spaces under each pirate to see how many times 4 goes into 32. They are then shown the mathematical equation ? ÷ ? = ? and they are required to key in the correct numbers to create the equation: 32 ÷ 4 = 8 so they can relate the worded problem back to the symbolic mathematical presentation.

At the end of the problem, the children can have fun clearing up the board through a variety of mini games they earn as rewards for completing each level. They can bulldoze, send in a whirlpool, use a magic wand, wash it out with bubbles, etc.

Choose from a variety of objects to divide up to keep the problems fun – aliens in spaceships, train cars to train engines, sweets to chidlren, bananas to monkeys, etc.

Features:

  • Content: covers basic single division up to 4th and 5th grade division with remainders
  • Level progression with variety and self assessment
  • Independent use allows children to play without parents needing to explain the app
  • Users system allows parents to check the progress of your children
  • Simple spoken and written instruction means children do not need to be able to read
  • 12 characters and 9 fun mini games to keep children engaged

What we thought:

Since G1 already understands the concept of division, I tested this app out on G2 and received some pleasing results.

The app can be played independently by young users without parental assistance – I watched over G2’s shoulder as he worked through the problems on his own. G2 also enjoys playing the app – it was self-initiated and he has gone back to it several times without any prompting from me. In my book, that’s a winner. I’ll be eager to see what else is in store from Damian Kedzierski.

Watch the following video to see the app in action:

Montessori MatheMAGICs: Dynamic Division is available at the iTunes store for $2.99.

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