Some kids are just drawn more to technology than others. I see that in my home all the time. Zoë could care less about technology most of the time while Kaylee just can't get enough.
It's so important to understand what engages your child when you're trying to support their learning at home. Zoë loves to interact one on one, and is more visual and tactical. Kaylee, on the other hand, prefers a phone or tablet in her hands for just about everything. So it's no wonder that she adores learning apps.
We recently downloaded Mickey's Magical Math World to see if it was a good fit with our girls. It's a free app, and it's available exclusively for iPad. You can find it on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.
I let Zoë try it out first because math is her favorite subject (she'll be 7 next May). She got frustrated pretty quickly because it was too easy for her, and I was unable to adjust the settings based upon her age or skill level. I shouldn't be surprised since she's ahead in math. It was just reinforcement that what we're doing with her now is working since the app is designed for kids ages 3-8.
Then I let Kaylee try it out. Lots and lots of giggles and fun ensued once she got her hands on Mickey's Magical Math World. She especially loved the level where she got to play with a robot.
Even after several sessions, Mickey's Magical Math World has held her attention. She keeps asking if she can play with my iPad!
Many learning aids rely on rote memorization and repetitive gameplay. Mickey's Math World introduces kids to fundamental subject matters through an interconnected system of apps that build upon each other to reinforce learning concepts in immersive and playful ways. Kaylee quickly gets drawn into the game and will play for over an hour if I let her.
The Mickey's Magical Math World app couples with Disney Imagicademy Parents. This companion app lets you monitor your child's learning progress. It is also chock full of articles and information to help you engage with your child in a meaningful way.
I love looking in there and seeing how many Pins Kaylee has been awarded. She's been a busy bee learning with Disney!
If you're looking for a fun – and free – iPad app for your child, download Mickey's Magical Math World and Disney Imagicademy Parents. Also, be sure to check out the Disney Imagicademy website for more information on interacting with your children!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.