Have children, will teach. Not only is it a parental obligation, but for our children to know how much debt their parents and grandparents gave them, teaching math is essential.
Your Mac is a good tool for teaching basics to pre-school and elementary age kids. Our three daughters absorb everything they see and hear like little human sponges. Why not give them tasty, nutritious learning drinks. Here’s an app that does.
Apple And Mac By The Numbers
How else will your children know that Apple has more money in the bank that the US Government unless they’ve been taught basic math skills? Let your Mac or iPad start the great family math games.
MathBoard is one of those oddly charming and highly useful Mac apps for kids. It teaches math in a fun sort of way.
No, we didn’t take a vote on the fun, but the girls didn’t run away from home, so that’s a win in my book.
Included in MathBoard are many hundreds of questions per quiz, starting simple with addition and subtraction, then graduating to more robust levels of math, including division, squares, cubes, and square roots.
Here’s what MathBoard looks like on the iPad.
Quizzes in MathBoard can be time using a countdown timer. Wrong answers are reviewable with both correct and incorrect answer visible onscreen.
Here’s what it looks like on a Mac.
You can track your child’s progress using the built in Student Profile.
And, of course, there’s a quick reference math table for adults so you can bone up on your own math skills so you won’t look bad in front of your kids.
They will laugh, you know. They can sense the fear.
MathBoard is simple to set up and use, and inexpensive, whether Mac, Windows PC, or iPad.
However, I have a quibble and it says something about the probable age of the MathBoard app developers. A chalk board metaphor? Seriously? Kids today just don’t use chalkboards in school.
The closest my girls have ever come to chalk is that colored sidewalk chalk that washes off (the sidewalk, not the girls) with a water hose. Otherwise, MathBoard is a delight. A retro delight. It’s also available on the Mac App Store which means it’s good for gift cards.