My favorite blogging days are when I open my e-mail and someone wants me to try out their products in exchange for spreading the word! Recently, I got an e-mail from the great people at Reading Eggspress to say that they are releasing a new math game and did I want to try it out? Of course my answer was yes! Unfortunately, I currently teach 3rd and 4th graders, so a number recognition app wasn’t, shall we say developmentally appropriate . Luckily for my school, we have a great Pre-K teacher, Jen Kadiri, who was more than happy to have her kids try it out. Her kids are on the iPad all the time, so they are a very good audience for trying out new apps, and this one was a winner.
The app is called Eggy Numbers, and reviews counting, number recognition and number writing. Ms. Kadiri’s kids have played it many times because they were told to, but they also willingly choose this app during free choice time, that’s saying a lot for a 3 year old’s opinion and attention span!
Ms. Kadiri told me that the students really love the counting games, but that they also enjoy tracing the letters and writing their own numbers. Her biggest complaint about the game is that it asks the kids to rate their own numbers. So, after practicing tracing, and using dot to dot to create their numbers, the students write their own numbers and then compare their own number with a model. The students check a green checkmark if they did it right and a red x if they didn’t. While this works great in theory, in practice 3 year olds always think they did it right!
Overall, the Pre-K students enjoyed the game and Mrs. Kadiri said it was beneficial to their learning. She says she recommends it for students 3-5, but that it would work better for those aged 4 and 5 who are learning and perfecting their number skills.