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Learning to Multiply by 12 – CardDroid Math Flash Cards Tip

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March 2, 2013 Update: As of version 2.7 of CardDroid Math Flash Cards, there’s a built-in problem set for 12 x [1 to 12].  Just go to the settings screen (tap the “gear” icon on the home screen), tap “Load a Built-in Problem Set,” choose the multiplication icon toward the top of the screen, now scroll down until you see “Multiplication: 12 x [1 to 12] = ?” or “Multiplication: [1 to 12] x 12] = ?”  If you want to customize it, follow the instructions below. Happy multiplying by 12!

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CardDroid Math 2.6 is here and it’s HOT!

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CardDroid Math 2.6 brings new rewards for perfect scores

It’s here now and it’s HOT!  Right now, it’s the #1 educational app and the #83 paid app in the Amazon Appstore and #49 in the NOOK Apps Shop.

Top 100 and #1 Educational AppBalloon Reward Screen

Make a perfect score and get a new reward!  Some color schemes have poppable balloons as a reward and others have tappable fireworks.  (There’s even a secret, hidden “micro game” in the balloon screen. Shhh!)  You get spinning stars too.

Still 99 cents and the upgrade is free to current customers:

Button to get the app on Google PlayButton to get the app on the Amazon AppstoreButton to get the app at the NOOK Apps Store

Balloon Reward ScreenFirewards reward screen

CardDroid Math app icon

Prevent “Math Phobia”

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An article in today’s Wall Street Journal , “A Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents” warns of the danger of “Math Phobia” but also proposes solutions.  I recommend reading it if you have a school-age child.  Here’s one big surprise from the article:

Ongoing research is shedding new light on the importance of math to children’s success. Math skill at kindergarten entry is an even stronger predictor of later school achievement than reading skills or the ability to pay attention, according to a 2007 study in the journal Developmental Psychology.

 

CardDroid Math app iconOne way to build math confidence early is to get your child a copy of CardDroid Math.  My 4-year-old daughter is using it for addition problems from 1-5 (all answers can be counted on fingers if necessary, but she isn’t doing that anymore). Precshoolers and kindergarteners need a bit of help, but they can do it!  My daughter just got 100% on a 30-problem quiz.  “I want the rainbow!”

Here’s what my kids are doing on CardDroid Math to build confidence this school year:

  • Pre-K daughter: 1-5 plus 1-5
  • Second-grade son: 2-9 plus 2-9 (about to add subtraction) – he’s solid on 0, 1 and 10 so we’re focusing on 2-9
  • Fourth-grade son: 2-12 times 2-12 (soon to add division once his speed is solid) – again 0 and 1 are easy so we don’t do those.

One son likes the timer, one doesn’t like the pressure.  Fortunately, it’s configurable!

You can get CardDroid Math today.  My kids check off their 15 minutes a few days a week before they get free time.

CardDroid Math is available now in the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore, and Barnes & Noble Nook Shop for 99 cents:
Google Play Apps: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.whitneyapps.carddroidmath
Amazon Appstore: http://www.amazon.com/WhitneyApps-CardDroid-Math/dp/B004V4WJWS/
Barnes & Noble NOOK Shop: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/CardDroid-Math/WhitneyApps/e/2940043352972

If you get it now, you also get the fall 2012 upgrade for free when its released.

Best wishes for wiping out any math-phobia in your home!

What are your tips for building confidence in kids?  Let us know in the comments section below!

Take care,

Steve @ WhitneyApps

How to keep kids sharp and even gain ground over summer vacation

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My kids will be out of school at the end of the week so our family is making up a list of fun things to do. My wife and I are also making a daily checklist for the kids with some chores that can help our family and some tasks to help keep them sharp over the summer.
Both boys have “time with CardDroid Math Flashcards” on their lists a couple of times a week. They also have journaling assignments and our son who has handwriting challenges will copy a paragraph once a week. The whole thing should amount to less than 30 minutes a day and they’ll be way ahead in the fall.
Anyone else have plans to help their kids avoid the “summer skill loss”? What are your ideas?

CardDroid Math becomes “Math Fact Flash Cards” on BlackBerry Playbook

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CardDroid Math is now available for the BlackBerry Playbook. They didn’t want any “droids” in the name so on that platform it’s called “Math Fact Flash Cards.” Check it out at BlackBerry App World at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/89826. Same great app, different name.  Have fun!

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