With three pre-school girls I’m still amazed at how quickly they learn.
Not only do they know their way around the family, Mac, but they’re iPad and iPod touch proficient, too (they cannot touch mommy’s iPhone). So, it’s stands to reason that those spongy little minds need more than just creative apps, they need fun tools that teach basics of math.
Markers, Board, Digital Tools
The world is not all point and click, drag and drop. Our learning regimen at home has crayons, paper, markers, white board, and Mac and iPad, all available for the children.
Yes. Of course I’m supervising. Especially with crayons and markers on the list.
Children can’t mark up the sofa with a Mac or iPad.
So, we have developed a collection of Mac and iPad apps for the two youngest girls; apps that go beyond coloring and matching shapes or words.
The need to learn how to add and subtract. Math is important for young girls. How else will they know whether or not their husband-to-be is a rich prince charming?
The Number Pyramid
Mac users have no shortage of inexpensive, graphically oriented apps for kids, Mac or iPad, that teach everything from numbers to shapes to animals.
Remarkably, Number Pyramid is one of the simplest, yet most mesmerizing math apps, which doesn’t have all the eye catching glitter of colorful graphics or animation. Once kids pick up the pattern of the numbers in the pyramid, they’re hooked.
Each brick has a number. Your child needs to place the missing number in the empty bricks to match the total of the bricks above.
Click the Check button to see if the number is correct.
Correct entries are green. Incorrect entries are red (more of a set of pastel colors, which my girls pointed out right away).
What caught my eye about Number Pyramid was finding out that children in German schools practice addition and subtraction using similar number pyramids.
The Germans have money in the bank. Americans (and the Feds) don’t have money in the bank. So, I thought that maybe having my girls learn math a different way might be worthwhile for the whole family.
You know, worthwhile as in they’ll be sufficiently financially solvent to take care of their aging and insolvent parents in our old age. Number Pyramid is Mac App Store only, and there’s no try-before-you-buy option, but at 99-cents it’s worth the click to download.