This app provides an entertaining way to practice math skills. It is the first app in a series, which ranges from first to fifth grade.
The app is organized into three main sections:
- Play: Allows for practice of multiple skills that can be adjusted in the settings
- Practice: Allows for practice of a single area of at a time
- Math Facts Section: Allows for practice or testing of addition and subtraction
In the play and practice sections, first graders answer questions. As they complete problem sets, they collect little ocean friends to populate an aquarium.
- Place value (ones, tens)
- Count, compare, and order numbers
- Addition and subtraction with models
- Addition and subtraction facts
- Telling time
- Identifying and counting coins
- Measurement and weight comparisons
- Two- and three-dimensional shapes
- Pictographs, tally charts, bar graphs
- Equivalent sentences, fact families
- Two-digit addition and subtraction operations
- Addition and subtraction math facts to 20
The math facts section allows practicing or testing of addition and subtraction facts from 1 to 20.
- Adjust the operations (addition, subtraction)
- Set the range of numbers used
- Adjust the time allowed
- Have results e-mailed to you
One of the great features of this app is the large number of settings that allow for customization for the types of problem sets and other features.
- A weekly e-mail report on progress
- A writable scratch pad for working out the answer
- Questions spoken in addition to text
- Practice reminders
- Adjustable problem levels: easy, medium, hard
- A summary graph of overall progress including week and strong skills
- An activity log with a time history of problems completed
- A maximum of five unique player names
- Consider having an accompanying study of marine science or a story book about the sea to help motivate young mathematicians to collect friends for the aquarium
- Use the progress feature of this app to help struggling learners feel a sense of accomplishment
- Use as extra practice either in school or at home
- Recommend this app to parents looking for summer review options or preparation for the upcoming year
The voice capabilities of this app are limited. While questions can be spoken, some words are occasionally mispronounced. Also, if the problem has multiple parts, only the first part is spoken which might make some of the text beyond to reading capability of a first grader.
The app sends periodic notifications which you may want to turn off in the device's global settings.