Robyn

Can't tell you enough how wonderful Splash Math is

Robyn Meeker

Parent, K, 3rd & 7th grader

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I have three boys, the oldest is 12 who is in 7th grade, the middle child who is 8 years old and is in 3rd grade, and the youngest who is 6 years old and is in kindergarten.
I bought the fourth grade Splash Math when my now 7th grader was in 4th grade (3 years down ago). I first downloaded the free version and fell in love with it instantly. I was so impressed as it was right on target with the math that my child was doing in school. I remember, a couple of weeks later, my child came home and asked me about distributive, commutative and associative properties. I hadn't a clue. I turned to Splash Math as my crutch, and it helped immensely. I sat down with it, and guessed a few in order for it to tell me the correct answers and why. I like this features that it teaches you the reason when you get an answer wrong. The following year we went on to purchase the 5th grade Splash Math version. And I loved it just as much. I felt it aligned perfectly with what my child was learning in school. By then my middle child was in school, and we ended up purchasing the 4th, 5th, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade levels. Then you released the full suite that had the k through 5th grade. I purchased that for my third child who is now in kindergarten and he loves it. I was busy with events and life, that I didn't have the time to sit down and work with my then Preschooler on the iPad. I will admit it, I had Splash Math help me as a babysitter when I needed to keep him occupied at times. He enjoyed playing it, so he didn't mind. When he was in preschool, he did the kindergarten level. (He has always been good at math). But he ended up learning things that I hadn't even taught him. I realized that he was learning it from Splash Math, and on a few instances his older brothers taught him how to do a section with the assistance of Splash Math. Any parent of small children, I recommend this app for them.
I do love how it sends progress reports via email, and I can see how far along they are in the school year. For instance, I can see that my kindergartener is only 9 levels away from completing the whole 1st grade.
As far as the K-5 Suite, we like the ocean Aquarium vs the jungle. We would like to see more different types of exotic fish, I.e. A puffer fish, that puffs up when you click it. Or sea horses or parrot fish. Or clams that open and close. We would also like to see the ability to buy background items like sand castles, more coral reef, sunken treasure chests or ships. The ability to turn the aquarium to view it from all angles would be nice. In the 1st grade, we would also like to see additional games, not just the aquarium and jungle.
4th Grade Splash Math
Even though my middle child is in 3rd grade, he is doing 4th grade math. I love the long division section, where it helps put the numbers in so you can see if you are on the correct path. This is a great tool for children who are learning, and can't always remember the next step. I like the scratch pad, and the ability to Work out the problem without needed additional paper.
The games in the 4th grade app, my children don't care for doodle fall, because they say you lose lives too easy. Car race is too hard, because it is too hard to steer around the other cars and you die too easily. We actually like the mouse trap game from a long time ago, because it is very hard to lose lives. We like the aquarium. We think the games should be a little more detailed and less archaic. I as a parent think there should be a time limit that a child can be in the aquarium or games before the child is exited out, and has to go back to the math part.
My 3rd grader (playing the 4th grade level) liked the blue boy astronaut the best. However he was working on the red boy, and when he changed the looks of his player, we lost all of his success. This led to a ton of tears and frustration in our house. We feel the child should have the ability to change the look of their player without losing all of the spaceships they achieved.
Game idea
My child suggested there should be a game, where you're in a rocket ship and you are flying through space. You have a minute to dodge space rocks and meteors and land on a landing pad. If you don't land successfully within that minute, you have to go back and do more work to get another life.
Overall we love Splash Math. I would like to see the grades continue to higher levels, to cover middle school children. I would love to see more algebra.
Thank you for developing Splash Math. I always recommend it to every mother I know of kids. I have also recommended it to my children's teachers. I don't know if you have a way for teachers to have 25-30 students sign in, but I think it's a great tool for teachers.