The folks at Lola’s Math Train 2 provided me a free copy of their app to review. This is the first I had heard of their series but you all know me, I love apps. Even though my son is an adult (gulp) now and out on his own, I still like to keep an eye out on apps for kids, especially learning apps, for my nephew and other friends and family.
This is a sequel to the original Lola’s Math Train that continues learning of math concepts. The app states the age range of 6-8 years which is 1st and 2nd grade level primarily. How relevant that is depends on how well your child understands math concepts to begin with. Starting with the easy level there were addition and subtraction problems presented in single digits and some in tens, but only 20, 30, 40, etc. – all ending in 0’s. There were also some sequencing problems and some basic word problems with supported imaging. Some kids are not quite ready for these types of math problems just yet – for them you might want to start with the first Lola’s Math Train and work up to this one. As you progress to the 2nd and 3rd levels of the app the questions progress quite a bit.
Lola is a cute little Panda bear and the graphics are nice within the app. There is a train theme running through the app as well. I do think it is a tad bit on the girly side with it’s cutesy graphics – but again that depends on your child as to how they will like it. When my son was young he really was very much all boy and did not want anything too cute in software programs, books, worksheets, etc. which sometimes made finding things for him when we homeschooled a bit tough. The train within the app may be enough for the more boyish kids to latch on to.
The settings and parental areas are “blocked” by having to answer a simple multiplication question. Some of the kids might already know these answers and the problem with that is that it does take you to the website to see progress of your kids in the app and points you to the company site, Facebook page, etc.
Overall a very solid app though that will help reinforce lower learning levels of math. A great practice app once your child has started learning these concepts. The app is worth the cost I feel and I don’t say that about all apps. Right now it is priced at $2.99 in both iTunes and Google Play. Lola’s Math Train 2 is well designed and I had no problems with functionality at all.
From the app makers:
Lola’s Math Train 2 is designed for children between 6-8 years old. The game starts with easier tasks of addition and number sequencing, then gets more challenging when the child’s skills improve. After finishing each set of math tasks, the player gets to choose an outfit for a fun costume party!
Lola’s Math Train 2 key features:
- 11 mini games in 3 difficulty levels
- Game difficulty adjusts to the child’s learning pace
- Easy level — two-digit addition and subtraction, ordering of numbers
- Medium level — odd and even numbers, number sequencing
- Hard level — more difficult subtraction, problem solving tasks and multiplication
- Progress Tracker with Lola Panda™ child lock. Reporting inside the application
The app is available for Android and iOS devices only right now. I’m hoping that they will add Windows versions in the near future also. More info about this app and other Lola Panda apps can be found on http://www.lolapanda.com/
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