Erin loves school and loves learning. It is also something she is good at! I put a lot of it down to my amazing parenting obviously and the fact that she is the youngest and therefore ahead of the game. Due to her hip dysplasia we spent more hours than most drawing, playing iPad apps, making things, telling stories and reading books. What she lacked in physical capabilities she made up for in manual dexterity and fine motor skills. This set her up well for school. I didn’t realise quite how able she was until last year. Whilst it is a lovely position to be in it does also bring challenges. This year Erin has a fantastic teacher who challenges her. But it has taken a while to get to this stage. At first she was not challenged – that was no fault of the teacher but the curriculum just wasn’t stretching her. Now that she is in YR2 it is much more task focussed and no free play and this works for her.
Erin does homework for fun, it is what she enjoys doing and so we are always searching out things to keep her entertained. The other two were not made of the same stuff and homework was like pulling teeth. Yet Erin came home with term 1 homework tasks and finished a terms work within a short space of time. I actually had to make her stop and do something else!
Literacy is her preferred subject, she writes stories and has a great imagination that develops characters and plots. She says that Maths is harder yet her teachers would say that her Maths ability is actually stronger that literacy. Therefore I have to help her with her confidence in Maths. The new curriculum also has set things to cover and you can’t push on further but instead need to focus on greater depth of understanding. This leaves me at home to let her go further. We have tried a number of apps in the past and it is very much part of what we do.
I have recently been introduced to Maths Rockx
- Maths Rockx makes easy work of times tables with a little help from stars like One Direction, Pharrell Williams, P!NK and Gaga
- Created by former teacher and mum of two, Jo Otto, Maths Rockx provides a fun and engaging way to learn and has already delivered impressive results for thousands of kids. Jo Otto was a teacher for over 15 years and taught the tables to beats for 10 years with huge success. This is where the idea of the app came from
- To find out more visit Maths Rockx . To download the app visit iTunes and Google Play app stores
- Available on iPhone and Android devices: £7.99 for 11 songs
Erin loves music almost as much as she loves school! She knows lots of current music due to having a bedroom opposite her 16 year old sister. Therefore I knew the Maths Rockx app would interest her. I downloaded it easily to Erin’s iPad. I introduced her to it and she was immediately jumping about to the tunes. Here you can see what Erin’s first impressions were.
As you saw I have set her a challenge so do come back next week to see how she has got on. Within the app there is also a quiz feature so we shall be using that to track her progress. My first impressions are that Maths Rockx will work for so many children. Whether you use the app to consolidate knowledge, to stretch the able child or to support those finding times tables challenging I think most children will benefit from this fun interactive approach.
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