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Btfly Sat 29-Mar-14 22:57:34

My dd has problems with math.. She still has problems with adding and subtracting.. Do you know any good iPad app.. Thank you for your kind support

PastSellByDate Sun 30-Mar-14 09:31:25

I did this with my girls via websites and would first and foremost direct you to woodlands junior school maths zone: - which has linnks to games in whatever area of maths your want your child to practice. It's free.

Math Champs (also free) has video games that work through core numeracy skills - it's arranged by age 5 -7/ 7 -9 and 9 - 11 (which can cause a bit of upset if you're slightly older - but things are so spread out - like times tables - that you do have to play on different age bands sometimes):

In terms of Apps - PC advisor's top 10 maths apps:

Teachthought recommends these:

Teacherwithapps recommends:

apps playground recommends:

My advice is have an explore - most have websites that provide more infomration or a preview - and then select the one that you feel best helps your child.

If fundamentally your child is fairly weak in maths and whatever is happening in school is not resulting in a sound understanding of how to perform basics like addition/ subtraction - you may want to consider an on-line tutorial. There are all sorts out there. We've had good success with mathsfactor:

Others here on MN have recommended:

maths whizz:
Komodo maths:

Khan academy is free and has a maths programme based on US curriculum from 3rd Grade = UK Year 4: - just select LEARN and then MATH and then 3rd grade US - some are now posting that this is helpful (certainly we dip in now and then for alternative explanation on how to do things [there are videos narrated by Sal Khan where he explains how to do long division, etc...]).


spanieleyes Sun 30-Mar-14 10:20:14

Beluga maths is a good one

Milzy Sun 30-Mar-14 12:43:20 is great on ipad

ddmommy Mon 31-Mar-14 00:48:32

Are you sure an app is really the best way to go? Best way for little ones to get a good feeling for math - is to make it non-abstract.

There are a lot of opportunities in our daily life to practice addition and subtraction. Also, if you do it with her, you'll see what specifically she has problems with. App will not be able to do it for you.

Aldwick Mon 31-Mar-14 01:22:13

My kids love squeebles

BlueChampagne Mon 31-Mar-14 13:20:35

We use math bingo for stress-free maths practice! Like the Collins books as well. However, these will only provide practice, not teaching and explanation.

Ferguson Mon 31-Mar-14 16:48:41

You have already had plenty of info, but I'll just add my standard maths response:


Practical things are best for grasping number concepts - bricks, Lego, beads, counters, money, shapes, weights, measuring, cooking.

Do adding, taking away, multiplication (repeated addition), division (sharing), using REAL OBJECTS as just 'numbers' can be too abstract for some children.

Number Bonds of Ten forms the basis of much maths work, so try to learn them. Using Lego or something similar, use a LOT of bricks (of just TWO colours, if you have enough) lay them out so the pattern can be seen of one colour INCREASING while the other colour DECREASES. Lay them down, or build up like steps.


ten of one colour none of other
nine of one colour one of other
eight of one colour two of other
seven of one colour three of other

etc, etc

then of course, the sides are equal at 5 and 5; after which the colours 'swap over' as to increasing/decreasing.

To learn TABLES, do them in groups that have a relationship, thus:

x2, x4, x8

x3, x6, x12

5 and 10 are easy

7 and 9 are rather harder.

Starting with TWO times TABLE, I always say: "Imagine the class is lining up in pairs; each child will have a partner, if there is an EVEN number in the class. If one child is left without a partner, then the number is ODD, because an odd one is left out."

Use Lego bricks again, lay them out in a column of 2 wide to learn 2x table. Go half way down the column, and move half the bricks up, so that now the column is 4 bricks wide. That gives the start of 4x table.

Then do similar things with 3x and 6x.

With 5x, try and count in 'fives', and notice the relationship with 'ten' - they will alternate, ending in 5 then 10.

It is important to try and UNDERSTAND the relationships between numbers, and not just learn them 'by rote'.

I am sorry it seems complicated trying to explain these concepts, but using Lego or counters should make understanding easier.

An inexpensive solar powered calculator (no battery to run out!) can help learn tables by 'repeated addition'. So: enter 2+2 and press = to give 4. KEEP PRESSING = and it should add on 2 each time, giving 2 times table.

There are good web sites, which can be fun to use :


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