One of the subjects I always struggled with at school was Maths. I have no idea what it is about the entire subject but it just never stayed in my brain. I even attended out of school help sessions to try and improve my mathematical ability but even that didn’t help. When P1 started school I was quite concerned that I wouldn’t be good enough to help her with her homework, and it’s becoming evident that I really am not very useful. Especially when it comes to Times Table. Then Maths Rockx got in touch with a new app designed to help children learn their Time’s Tables.
The Maths Rockx app is available on both Apple and Android devices. There is a charge which is £7.99. However, if your child knows the majority of their times tables but is perhaps stuck with one or two, there is the option to download the non-EDU version of the app for free and choose the times tables songs you need for just £0.79 per song.When you download the app, it first asks you what terminology you wish to use, Math or Maths, and which way round you’d like to see/hear the Times Tables. It then loads up to show you the Home Screen. On the home screen there are four options to pick from; Why Maths Rockx, Quiz, Times Tables and Playlists.
The colours are visually appealing and bright with icons are really good size on both a mobile phone device and a tablet. Hubby and I had a quick play the night before we gave it to P1 and we were really impressed. The Times Table section has the tables from 1 – 12 each with their own song that is well known. Hubby and I were singing along rather quickly. The Quiz has four different difficulty levels which relates to the time given to answer each question. There is a quiz for each times table set and the music track plays behind to help trigger the times tables learned.
I was really excited to see how P1 would react to this. She is quite obsessed with her iPad and is now on a limit of the amount of time she spends on it so when I allowed her to use the iPad to try out she was pretty excited. I explained what the app was for and when she loaded it up her little face lit up. I was actually quite shocked to see her smiling and wiggling her body as she listened to each Times Table. When it was time to put the iPad down and head to bed, she was begging to go back on the Maths Rockx app again the following day. I was super surprised and pleased by her reactions.
I will be posting again with our own experiences next month. I am looking forward to seeing if they help P1 remember her tables and will be asking the school if they see an improvement too. P1 has been having a few academic issues so I am hoping this app will support her learning and help her grow in her confidence.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post