My mission is to blend the digital age and information superhighway to promote apps that helps children learn. If you have children or know children who use a Mac, there are plenty of inexpensive apps than can help them learn the basics, including math. Here’s a good example.
Unlike liberal arts which seem to change values with every new season, math is math. The earlier a child learns the basics of math the better they handle science in the future.
Here’s a good Mac app to help children get started on a math road. It’s called My Geometric Universe. The app costs a couple of dollars and uses a game environment to teach geometry.
I live in France so I’m partial to Mac apps from French developers and thats what My Geometric Universe is.
This clever app blends fun game aspects with tools of geometry– pencil, ruler, square, compass– to create a variety of geometric shapes.
Shapes are then used to build objects which can then be used in each of three magical universes. The Kid’s Room, the Middle Ages, and Ancient Egypt.
The routine teaches children to build tools with a useful purpose.
Children get to learn about geometric shapes, apply those shapes to build tools that can be used within a game environment.
Win, win, win.
My Geometric Shapes runs on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, as well as Android devices. It’s also just one of a few dozen such children’s games which are more educational than game oriented.
There are similar games for basic math skills, history, space travel, the human body, cooking, puzzles, memory training, and many others based upon time honored animated characters and fables (Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, Ali Baba, Hansel and Gretel, and many others).
At a couple of dollars each they’re a decent value and make a good gift to any child with a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Unfortunately, there’s no age grouping for the apps, so you’re kind of left hanging as to which apps will work best with children of a certain age.