With so many more kids learning at home or on a hybrid program, I am finding more parents frustrated at math. It’s just not taught the way we learned it. And, after several decades, it’s hard to get my brain to add and subtract a different way. (No! You carry the 1 dammit, carry the 1! Oh, then where does it go?) Thank goodness for math apps.
If your child is struggling with math, and you’re struggling to teach them math, here are some ideas. No, I’m not suggesting you throw an ipad at them and say “have at it, kid!” But math apps for kids can be beneficial, and take some of the stress off parents.
Partner with your child’s math teacher. Stay in tune to newsletters and emails that go out to parents. I mean, if your school uses Singapore Math curriculum at school, bingo! Get the Singapore Math app to complement the work.
Your child’s teacher should be able to give you some recommendations for math apps to help your child. If not, here is a list of common and popular math apps for kids. Most are available in both Android and iOS. Most are also free. Math apps on the list that cost money are only a few bucks, and most offer a free version. I usually find it’s worth it to pay $2-$5 to not have ads or popups or harvesting my data.
Math Apps for Kids
- Khan Academy-Khan Academy is a favorite among teachers and parents. Students can learn anything here. Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.
- Mathway-Oh how I wish I had this in high school. Among other things, it teaches kids how to use a scientific calculator.
- Prodigy Game-Meant for students of grades 1-8, Prodigy Game is available for free on iOS, Android and web platforms. Teachers love this game-based learning program because it allows them to use games in classroom and for homework assessment projects and make learning a fun activity. The app offers built-in diagnostic test which generates real-time reports on students’ progress and helps teachers identify their strengths and weaknesses.
- Math Training for Kids-Meant for students of ages 3 and up, this Android-based app helps students to pick up four basic concepts of Math – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – quite easily. You will find several interesting exercises and games to give kids ample practice.
- CK12-A free app, available on Android, iPhone or iPad, Windows 8 or 10 and web platforms, CK-12 pairs high-quality content with latest technology. The interactive learning activities it offers include adaptive practice, PLIX, and simulations. High School students would love its BrainGenie section while those who specifically want to develop their Algebra Proficiency and Higher Mathematics skills should delve into its FlexMath section. Teachers love the app because it is easily accessible anytime, anywhere; and include workbooks, quizzes and tests too.
- Colorado’s PhET-Colorado’s University PhET simulations project is quite popular as a classroom tool in progressive Maths and Science teachers. The animated illustrations can easily be incorporated into lectures as well as homework assignments to help students understand certain concepts easily.While PhET app is available for $0.99 for Android and iPhone/iPad users, K-12 students can access its PhET simulations online External link for free to study mathematical concepts like Projectile Motion, Calculus Grapher, and Arithmetic.
- Photomath-Available for free on both Android and iOS platforms, Photomath allows you to snap a picture of the math problem and get its step-by-step solution! From basic arithmetic to fractions to trigonometry to linear and quadratic equations, it can help you with a lot of Math problems quite easily.While a good teacher will certainly never allow you to use this app in a classroom, teachers do recommend it as a study support too that students can use at home.
- GeometryPad-Free for Android and iOS, the app is loved by teachers for making the understanding of geometric concepts easier and ensures better student engagement in class. Teachers can also give assignments for home using it, in which students can practice taking measurements and using the compass, experiment with different geometric shapes, and create complex geometric sketches too.
- BuzzMath-Primarily a web-based app, it offers over 3,000 problems that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers love it because it is accessible from any device, offers a variety of input styles, allows students to try again and again, and of course, detailed reporting tools (in paid versions only).
- Brainscape Flashcards-Available on both iOS and Android based platforms, this app is unique because it gathers inputs from a student and then, creates a study plan tailored to him or her. Teachers love it for its flashcard function, which is quite useful when it comes to helping high school students learn their formulas. Flashcard repetitions in the app are timed according to the individual’s cognitive requirements and have been scientifically proven to help you learn better in half the time.
- Singapore Math-For ages pre K to 8. Singapore Math method is fully compatible with common core and includes over 500 learning games and educational videos. There is a free trial available but after the trial period, one will have to subscribe to the app to be able to access its content.
- Socratic-Works for all subjects, not just math. Socratic was built to support Science, Math, Literature, Social Studies, and more.
iOS Math Apps for Kids
If you see an app above that you want to check out, you can get it below.
More Apps for Kids
Here are more app recommendations for kids. Many were recommended by teachers, SLPs, OTs, and other Special Education professionals.