Happi 123

Happi 123 HD – A Math Game for Kids

by Serendipity

Do you have children or students between the ages of 4-7?  As a parent or educator are you wondering how you can make learning math fun?  Then you will want to check out recently updated Happi 123 HD – A Math Game for Kids.  It is designed for your iPad device running iOS 3.2 or later and makes your children or students feel as though they are participating in a game show.  At this time the game can be experienced in four languages: English, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.  Additional languages will be added as a free update soon.  Come up on stage with their host, an adorable tiger and be rewarded with various types of badges.  At an early age, counting is instinctually done on one’s hands.  Many try to disway children from counting in this format, however, developmentally it is very appropriate.  Happy 123 HD encourages this “natural way” of learning math as it  reinforces various mathematical skills from basic counting to number series, pattern recognition, and addition/subtraction.

Through our exploration we found that Happi 123 HD has so much to offer.  Upon entering the educational app, contestants will notice two gaming options.  We like to call them “finger play” and “let there be light dominos”.  For first time players, contestants might find it useful to begin with finger play as they learn to recognize and count to 10.  As they manipulate numbers through pictures and fingers, players have the ability to earn up to 50 badges.  While in finger play, educators and parents will be pleased to see a number of educational accommodations in place.  Each particular round has a designated badge that will be earned as it will become apart of the game.  To encourage one to one correspondence, contestants will be able to tap each badge as it swings back and forth while players mentally count.  The objective is to count out and match that number on the devices fingers.  Players must answer six questions before that rounds badge can be earned.  Through visual support users will see that number in two ways: on their hand and as an actual number.  If the contestant thinks they have the answer right they are to pull down the lever on the right hand side.  If correct, contestants will be reinforced with a two thumbs up, confetti and a shining light bulb.  Numbers can be counted out on the devices fingers in any way the user chooses.  Once all light bulbs are bright, players may replay and earn addition badges or move onto the next game.

The next round of play is what we call the “Let There Be Light Domino” round.  Here users must drag and drop numbered plugs in a domino like format.  On one end of the plug is the actual number and users must find and plug in its coordinating dice number.  Plugs will rotate in either direction, vertical or horizontal.  A note to the developers – might it be possible that players could rotate plugs on their own?  Thus working on fine motor skills at the same time.  Or even have certain plugs going in the wrong direction, making players use their thinking skills to align the matched numbers.  Once the puzzle has been plugged in correctly, turn the light switch on and see a bulb light up.  See how your adorable tiger host begins to disguise himself.  As you plug in correct matches, contestants have the ability to earn 24 playful disguises.

The game continues to get better as it also incorporates what developers call a timed streak level. During this bonus round users are expected to answer a combination of mathematical concepts until the time runs out. With every correct answer the streak continues.  Applicable2U and our little contestant haven’t reached this round as of yet, but look forward to the challenge.  If in a school or home setting, Happi 123 HD app settings can be manipulated through the devices Settings app.  Here parents or educators can reset badges or disable the Audio Help option.  With 50 badges and 24 disguises to collect, your child or students number sense will certainly advance.  We wonder if after collecting all these items, will our contestant have another opportunity to game for a reason.

If you would like to learn more about HappiPapi and the other educational apps that they have, please visit their website here.  Become the next contestant for puppet master or host, Papi the Tiger by downloading Happi 123 HD to your iPad device today by clicking here.

Monte-Lingual 1 to 10

Monte-Lingual 1 to 10
by Continuous Integration Inc.

According to the Montessori International Index, the Montessori teaching method is one that observes and supports the natural development of children.  This particular educational method builds upon creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Continuous Integration Inc. has developed an app that  utilizes the Montessori method as a way to teach the concept of counting from 1 to 10.  Disguised through a game like format, children will not only learn to count but they will also be developing language and recognition of number words through auditory and visual reinforcements.  Although Applicable2U’s educational background or professional development experiences have not focused on the Montessori method, I was still intrigued to see how Monte-Lingual 1 to 10 might accompany not only  Montessori, but also a public school and homeschool educational setting.

For those that follow a Montessori model, please forgive me if I happen to use the wrong terminology as I explain the educational aspects of Monte-Lingual 1 to 10.  With a very child friendly and clean design, Monte-Lingual 1 to 10 reminds me of the game mancala.  This educational app provides continuous learning for your preschooler or soon to be kindergartener.  Prior to learning, a parent will want to set the educational preferences.  Continuous Integration has thought of many options so as to keep the learning ongoing. For example, there are three modes of playing: Discovery, Match and Quiz.  Regardless of which mode you choose, you can also set your native language and the types of marbles that your child would like to use.  In addition, you can turn the speak, spell and music to either  on or off. If you child happens to like a particular song, you also have the option to customize your playlist.  This customized playlist is a nice added to touch which will further encourage your little one as they begin to learn or reinforce their numbers in a new or native language.

Discovery Mode is the beginning or introductory level.  In this mode, the user is in control of what number is to be explored.  By simply dragging a colored marble from the left hand side to the open space, it will then move on its own to the empty tray.  Each time a new marble is placed, the colors will change.  While discovering, users will be reinforced in several different ways to see a number: hearing the word, seeing the word written out, the actual number, and  through marble and hand representation. At the bottom of the screen is an adorable person like marble.  As you add marbles, his fingers will also represent that number.  Another nice added touch!

Match Mode attempts to challenge the user. Within this mode, the person like marble tells which number the user needs to match.  As the user is dragging and dropping, his speech bubble will explain how many more is necessary to make a match.  Once the match has been met, a user is given verbal reinforcement and can then move on.

Quiz Mode is a reinforcement option of the two earlier levels.  Within this mode, the application will drop marbles into the top tray.  Users must match the visual representation with the actual number.  They will be provided with 4 choices to choose from.  At the completion of level 1, which requires three correct answers, your little one will then unlock a new marble set that they will have access to within the user preferences.  As you move within levels, the necessary number of correct answers will increase.  Keeping the challenge on!!

If you are a part of a Montessori school or not, Monte-Lingual 1 to 1o is a very age and academically appropriate in any educational setting.  We love that it not only teaches number recognition of your own native language, but it also opens up the opportunity to learn another language at a very young age.  If you would like to learn more about Continuous Integration Inc, be sure to visit their website here. Currently, Monte-Lingual 1 to 10 app is 50% off in your iTunes library, begin downloading today!